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Aging and Caring at the Intersection of Work and Home Life
Blurring the Boundaries

ISBN 9781138966321
Published December 7, 2015 by Psychology Press
312 Pages

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There are not many books that address the boundaries of care of older people from a work-life perspective. This book, authored by contributors from various countries, looks at the boundaries of care by looking at private and public help, professional and personal help and paid and unpaid caregivers. It captures and conceptualizes the complexity of the intersection of work and home life as it relates to the provision of assistance and support to older relatives in a variety of "care work" contexts. It explores these issues within a critical framework, rather than from an assumed stress or burden perspective, which dominates current texts on the topic. Readers of this volume will gain a deeper understanding of issues of care provision amongst "networks" of careers and helpers, and of the particular dynamics of care when it is episodic or framed by constrains of space and time as a result of geography. In addition, each chapter addresses issues of diversity with sensitivity to gender, race and ethnicity.

This book will be of use to academics and graduate students in Gerontology, Family Studies, IO psychology, Gender Studies and Sociology.

Table of Contents

M. Creedon, Foreword. A. Martin-Matthews, J. Phillips, Introduction. C. Ward-Griffin, Health Professionals Caring for Aging Relatives: Negotiating the Public-Private Boundary. A. Mahmood, A. Martin-Matthews, Dynamics of Carework: Boundary Management and Relationship Issues for Home Support Workers and Elderly Clients. K. Mehta, L. Thang, Visible and Blurred Boundaries in Familial Care: The Dynamics of Multigenerational Care in Singapore. J. Sims-Gould, A. Martin-Matthews, C. Rosenthal, Family Caregiving, Helping and the Intersection of Gender and Kinship: Social Dynamics in the Provision of Care to Older Adults in Canada. M. Neal, D. Wagner, J.B. Bonn, K. Yokum, Caring from a Distance: Contemporary Care Issues. J. Phillips, M. Bernard, Work and Care: Blurring the Boundaries of Space, Place, Time and Distance. S. Keeling, J. Davey, Working Careers in New Zealand: Zones of Care and Contested Boundaries. J. Mears, E. Watson, Boundaries Blurred and Rigid at the Frontline of Care: Care Workers and the Negotiation of Relationships with Older People. N. Keating, D. Dosman, J. Swindle, J. Fast, Sharing the Work: Care Networks of Frail Seniors in Canada. J. Keefe, C. Glendenning, P. Fancey, Financial Payments for Family Careers: Policy Approaches and Debates. M. Evandrou, K. Glaser, Economic and Social Roles in Mid-life in Britain: Expanding Intersections and Blurring Boundaries. J. Twigg, Clashing Temporalities: Time, Home and the Bodywork of Care. J. Phillips, A. Martin-Matthews, Aging and Caring at the Intersection of Work and Home Life: Blurring the Boundaries.

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Anne Martin-Matthews is a Professor of Sociology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. She is also Scientific Director of the Institute of Aging, one of 13 national institutes of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

She is the author of Widowhood in Later Life, and over 150 academic papers on aging, carework, families and health; recent publications examine care management versus care provision (Ageing and Society, 2007); crisis episodes in care (Journal of Applied Gerontology, 2008) and situating home care at the nexus of the private and the public spheres (Current Sociology, 2007). Anne is Vice-President of the Research Committee on Aging of the International Sociological Association, a member of the editorial board of Journal of Aging Studies and an overseas advisor for Ageing and Society. She is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.


Judith Phillips is Professor of Social Work and Gerontology and Head of the School of Human Sciences at Swansea University. She is also Director of the Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Ageing and the co-director of the Older People and Ageing Research and Development Network in Wales.

Her research interests are in environments of ageing, social work and social care and include housing and retirement communities, family and kinship networks, carework and older offenders. Her recent publications include: Concepts of Care (Polity Press); Social Work with Older People (Palgrave); Women Ageing (Routledge); and The Family and Community Life of Older People (Routledge). Judith is Series Editor for ‘Ageing and the Lifecourse’ (The Policy Press) and is President Elect of the British Society of Gerontology as well as a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America.


"I think the international perspective is an especially useful approach in that the increasing number of older adults who will need care and thepermanent connection between caregivers and the work force is indeed a global issue. I commend the authors for gathering such a broad and distinguished group of scholars to address these issues" - Kathleen McInnis-Dittrich, Boston College

"This path-breaking collection provides an innovative approach to understanding the intersections of work-life balance and care-giving for frail older people. It challenges traditional research on care-giving by emphasizing the complex negotiations of care amongst caring networks, and across multiple paid care providers. This timely volume produces a novel theoretical approach to care-giving research. Anne Martin-Matthews and Judith Phillips have assembled a galaxy of the best researchers in aging from six countries to produce a truly international collection. It will advance current thinking in different cultural, social and economic contexts, throwing into sharp relief new ideas about work-life balance, and the family, while also critically addressing issues of gender, race, and ethnicity. This book will become a classic in new research approaches to care-giving" - Sara Arber, Centre for Research on Ageing and Gender (CRAG), University of Surrey