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Care and social integration in European societies$
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Birgit Pfau-Effinger and Birgit Geissler

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346049

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346049.001.0001

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Welfare state and the family in the field of social care

Welfare state and the family in the field of social care

Chapter:
(p.307) Fifteen Welfare state and the family in the field of social care
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Care and social integration in European societies
Author(s):

Birgit Geissler

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861346049.003.0015

This chapter shows how the findings of the book contribute to the further development of the academic discussions on ‘care’. Several chapters emphasise the role of cultural values and gender relations in explaining national specificity in the care arrangement. It also shows how the interpretation of activities involved in bringing up children and providing care and of the symbolic production of family relationships has been modernised. It is remarkable that the increase in life expectancy and the change in demographic structure have led to an unexpectedly rapid restructuring of elderly care in several countries. The populations in European welfare states uses extensively not only the services but also the institutional instruments and the resources for encouraging semi-formal care work.

Keywords:   social care, European welfare states, family, culture, gender, care arrangement

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