Forced to Care

Forced to Care
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Publisher : Harvard University Press
Total Pages : 271
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ISBN-10 : 9780674064157
ISBN-13 : 0674064151
Rating : 4/5 (151 Downloads)

Book Synopsis Forced to Care by : Evelyn Nakano Glenn

Download or read book Forced to Care written by Evelyn Nakano Glenn and published by Harvard University Press. This book was released on 2012-03-05 with total page 271 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The United States faces a growing crisis in care. The number of people needing care is growing while the ranks of traditional caregivers have shrunk. The status of care workers is a critical concern. Evelyn Nakano Glenn offers an innovative interpretation of care labor in the United States by tracing the roots of inequity along two interconnected strands: unpaid caring within the family; and slavery, indenture, and other forms of coerced labor. By bringing both into the same analytic framework, she provides a convincing explanation of the devaluation of care work and the exclusion of both unpaid and paid care workers from critical rights such as minimum wage, retirement benefits, and workers' compensation. Glenn reveals how assumptions about gender, family, home, civilization, and citizenship have shaped the development of care labor and been incorporated into law and social policies. She exposes the underlying systems of control that have resulted in womenÑespecially immigrants and women of colorÑperforming a disproportionate share of caring labor. Finally, she examines strategies for improving the situation of unpaid family caregivers and paid home healthcare workers. This important and timely book illuminates the source of contradictions between American beliefs about the value and importance of caring in a good society and the exploitation and devalued status of those who actually do the caring.


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