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Cultures of careBiographies of carers in Britain and the two Germanies$
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Prue Chamberlayne

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9781861341662

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861341662.001.0001

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Conclusion – caring as a political challenge

Conclusion – caring as a political challenge

(p.182) (p.183) seven Conclusion – caring as a political challenge
Cultures of care

Prue Chamberlayne

Annette King

Policy Press

This concluding chapter sums up the key findings of this study about informal home carers in Great Britain, East Germany and West Germany. The findings suggest that the social sphere is critically important in the democratisation of welfare, by combining support for home caring with pathways to civic engagement and personal development. This chapter sees caring as a political challenge and highlights the importance of this study for emergent debates on citizenship and gender equality, as well as for a new cultural paradigm of social policy which emphasises biographical resources, cultural networks and personalised professional support.

Keywords:   informal home carers, Great Britain, East Germany, West Germany, welfare, home caring, civic engagement, citizenship, gender quality

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