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Liz Forbat

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346216

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346216.001.0001

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Constructions of care: the family, difficulties and policy

Constructions of care: the family, difficulties and policy

(p.11) one Constructions of care: the family, difficulties and policy
Talking about care

Liz Forbat

Policy Press

This chapter presents a critical review of the care literature, and suggests that there is a need to embrace complexity in grappling with understandings of care. It critiques the traditional polarisations upheld in the literature around care/abuse and carer/caree. The chapter develops a case for care and abuse to be understood as potentially coexisting components of family interactions. The first section focuses on the language and labels of care relationships, questioning the way that the literature has traditionally polarised aspects of care – particularly around the positions of care/abuse and carer/caree. The chapter concludes with a summary of how social constructionist attention to language can further understandings of family care. It develops theoretical assertions regarding themes of care and abuse, alongside the significance of language in research, professional practice, and day-to-day communication. The chapter highlights the importance of understanding how care relationships are put into words and discoursed into being.

Keywords:   care literature, care abuse, family interactions, care relationships, social policy, informal care, family care, social constructionism

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