Care Work in Europe provides a cross-national and cross-sectoral study of care work in Europe today, covering policy, provision and practice, as well as exploring how care work is conceptualized and understood. Drawing on a study which looks at care work across the life course in a number of European countries, this book:
This groundbreaking comparative study provokes much-needed new thinking about the current situation and future direction of care work, an area essential to the social and economic well-being of Europe.
1. Introduction: Context and Methods 2. The Care Workforce: Structure, Profile and Work Conditions 3. What is Care Work About: Understandings and Practices 4. Education and Competence for Care Work 5. Gender Issues for Male and Female Care Workers 6. Quality of Employment and Job Satisfaction 7.Conclusions, Questions and Implications