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Cash and carePolicy challenges in the welfare state$
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Caroline Glendinning and Peter A. Kemp

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9781861348562

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861348562.001.0001

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Helping out at home: children's contributions to sustaining work and care in lone-mother families

Helping out at home: children's contributions to sustaining work and care in lone-mother families

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(p.203) Fifteen Helping out at home: children's contributions to sustaining work and care in lone-mother families
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Cash and care
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Tess Ridge

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861348562.003.0015

This chapter presents an important dimension to our understanding of unpaid care, by focusing on the role of children as active caring agents within their families. Children's accounts of their contributions to family life reveal their involvement in a complex range of care and support within their families, including childcare, domestic labour, financial assistance, and emotional sustenance. The issue of children's perceptions and experiences of maternal employment is an important one, especially for children in lone-mother households. Far from being passive and needy family members, these children are actively participating in constructing and reconstructing family life under very particular social and financial circumstances. These are low-income children who have experienced periods of poverty and exclusion.

Keywords:   unpaid care, informal care, informal carers, poor children

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