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No Place Like Home? : Feminist Ethics and Home Health Care - Jennifer A. Parks

No Place Like Home?

Feminist Ethics and Home Health Care

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In this provocative new book, Jennifer A. Parks analyzes practices in the home health care industry and concludes that they are highly exploitative of both workers and patients. Under the existing system, underpaid workers are expected to perform tasks for which they are inadequately trained, in unreasonably short periods of time. This situation, Parks argues, harms workers and puts home health care patients at risk. To the extent that the majority of patients and workers in home health care are women, she turns to feminist ethics for an alternative approach. Through an understanding of individuals as social beings with obligations to others, and of home health care as a public good, Parks explains how to develop the social benefits of good home health care and increase the role of government in providing financial support and regulatory oversight.

Why home care? The genesis of home or "community-based" care -- Examining philosophies of home care -- Women's care work as a subsidy to the state -- Caring about the cared-for -- The personal is political : negotiating relationships within the home care setting -- Looking ahead : can home care be reformed?.

ISBN: 9780253109675
ISBN-10: 0253109671
Audience: General
Format: PDF
Language: English
Published: 1st January 2003
Country of Publication: US