Care Work in Europe: Current Understandings and Future by Claire Cameron

By Claire Cameron

Care paintings in Europe presents a cross-national and cross-sectoral examine of care paintings in Europe this day, protecting coverage, provision and perform, in addition to exploring how care paintings is conceptualized and understood. Drawing on a research which seems to be at care paintings around the lifestyles path in a couple of ecu nations, this e-book: explores the context and rising coverage agendas offers an research of ways diversified international locations and sectors comprehend and constitution care paintings examines key matters, reminiscent of the intense gendering of the team, expanding difficulties of recruitment and turnover, what varieties of wisdom and schooling the paintings calls for and what stipulations are had to be certain quality employment considers attainable destiny instructions, together with the choice of a everyday expert employee, knowledgeable to paintings around the lifestyles direction and no matter if ‘care’ will, or should still, stay a unique box of coverage and employment. This groundbreaking comparative examine provokes much-needed new wondering the present scenario and destiny path of care paintings, a space necessary to the social and financial healthiness of Europe.

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In this section we begin with a broad overview of the situation throughout Europe, drawing on previous cross-national work. We then look in more detail at our six partner countries. Starting with childcare and out-of-school care services, most EU member states have attained or are moving towards two or three years of universal nursery schooling or kindergarten for children aged 3 years and over. But there is generally far less provision for children under 3 years and for out-of-school childcare, and more variation between countries (European Commission Childcare Network 1996; OECD 2001, 2006).

Increased public services may contribute to new forms of involvement by families with elderly people, including service promotion, mediation and support and mediation between services (Lingsom 1997). In short, rather than providing evidence of a ‘crowding out hypothesis’ (Becker 1993), such Nordic experiences suggest formal services sustain informal support, and ‘may have contributed to re-positioning its role and contribution’ (Deven et al. 1998: 11). Bearing this complexity of relationship in mind, the evidence from Denmark and Sweden is that an increase in formal services – or at least formal services which are well regarded in the society, as for example Danish and Swedish childcare services – is associated with changes in informal care.

Words with a very particular meaning in one culture can too readily be translated into what is taken to be the nearest English equivalent, rather than provoking discussion about differences in meaning, what Lorenz calls the process of discovering ‘meaning through noncomprehension’; rather than respect for, and interest in, difference, the other gets made into the same. We can only conclude that cross-national studies do need a lot of time and resources, not just for translation but to provide time to dig deeply into ‘non understanding’, ‘differences in meaning’ and questioning ‘familiar terms and concepts’.

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