David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Human Studies 24 (4):293-325 (2001)
In this study caring is shown to be a membershipbound activity to kin and gender categories with strong moral connotations. Being a daughter or being a son are good enough reasons for becoming a caregiver, more so for women than for men. Caregivers were interviewed within the research project The role of women in family care of disabled elderly conducted by the Social and Economic Research Department of INRCA, Ancona, Italy. Transcripts of the interviews were analyzed through a detailed discourse analysis within an ethnomethodological framework. Interview data are treated as interactional encounters that occasion members to display relevant aspects of their identities and morally adequate images of being a caregiver. In the interview interaction, interlocutors display an orientation towards the production of a moral order in which duty and responsibilities are allocated on the basis of gender distinction. Males are generally described as not being responsible for caring tasks, except for situations in which females are absent or sick, that is, for serious reasons. Caregivers'' perception of time dedicated to caring is pervasive. Most caregivers said it occupied all their time, but gender differences were noticeable. Caring tasks are recognized as gender specific practices, thus failing to carry out these tasks is morally sanctionable when women are involved, but not so for men. Many caregivers described caring for older relatives as an intense source of stress, involving serious physical and psychological problems. The study on moral and identity issues related to caregiving highlights endangering constructions of caring.
|Keywords||Philosophy Philosophy Modern Philosophy Philosophy of the Social Sciences Political Philosophy Sociolinguistics|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
Lena Jayyusi (1984). Categorization and the Moral Order. Routledge & K. Paul.
Carolyn Baker & Jayne Keogh (1995). Accounting for Achievement in Parent-Teacher Interviews. Human Studies 18 (2-3):263 - 300.
Carolyn D. Baker (1984). The “Search for Adultness”: Membership Work in Adolescent-Adult Talk. Human Studies 7 (3-4):301 - 323.
Harvey Sacks & Gail Jefferson (1995). Lectures on Conversation. Human Studies 18 (2):327-336.
Citations of this work BETA
Isabella Paoletti (2014). Ethics and the Social Dimension of Research Activities. Human Studies 37 (2):257-277.
Isabella Paolettti (2014). Introduction to the Special Issue: “Ethical Issues in Collecting Interactional Data”. Human Studies 37 (2):167-178.
Eric Hauser (2011). Generalization: A Practice of Situated Categorization in Talk. [REVIEW] Human Studies 34 (2):183-198.
Similar books and articles
Zahra Meghani & Lisa Eckenwiler (2009). Care for the Caregivers?: Transnational Justice and Undocumented Non-Citizen Care Workers. International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 2 (1):77 - 101.
Stephen G. Post (1990). Women and Elderly Parents: Moral Controversy in an Aging Society. Hypatia 5 (1):83 - 89.
Rutger Claassen (2011). The Commodification of Care. Hypatia 26 (1):43-64.
Xiaomei Zhai & Ren Zong Qiu (2007). Perceptions of Long-Term Care, Autonomy, and Dignity, by Residents, Family and Caregivers: The Beijing Experience. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 32 (5):425 – 445.
Peter Singer (1998). Reconciling Impartial Morality and a Feminist Ethic of Care. Journal of Value Inquiry 32 (4):451-463.
Dallas M. High & Howard B. Turner (1987). Surrogate Decision-Making: The Elderly's Familial Expectations. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 8 (3).
Donnie J. Self (1991). Separating Care and Cure: An Analysis of Historical and Contemporary Images of Nursing and Medicine. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 16 (3):285-306.
Monique Lanoix (2009). Shades of Gray: From Caring to Uncaring Labor. International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 2 (2):31-50.
Nancy S. Jecker (2002). Taking Care of One's Own: Justice and Family Caregiving. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 23 (2):117-133.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads7 ( #304,000 of 1,726,249 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #369,877 of 1,726,249 )
How can I increase my downloads?