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Against a background of debate around global ageing and what this means in terms of the future care need of older people, this book addresses key concerns about the nature and site of care and care-giving. Following a critical review of research into who cares, where and how, it uses geographical perspectives to present a comprehensive analysis of how the intersection of informal care-giving within domestic, community and residential care homes can create complex landscapes and organizational spatialities of care. Drawing on contemporary case studies largely, but not exclusively from the UK, the book reviews and develops a theoretical basis for a geographical analysis of the issue of care. By relating these theoretical concepts to empirical data and case studies it illustrates how formal and informal care-giver responses to the changing landscape of care can act to facilitate or constrain the development of inclusionary models of care.
'This book fills a significant gap in the literature on health and social care in today's ageing societies. In an engaging overview, from a health geography perspective, it emphasises the importance of varying settings for care, changing societies and technologies and the roles of informal as well as formal carers.' Sarah Curtis, Durham University, UK '…a timely and valuable contribution to emerging work in the geography of care and care-giving… This book will be of interest to students and researchers working in the health and social sciences.' The Journal of Ageing and Society
Contents: Preface; Introduction; Conceptualising the complex landscapes of care; Who cares? People, place and gender; Mapping the contours of care - international and transnational perspectives; Care and home; The impact of new care technologies on home and care; Care and community?; Care and transition - from community to residential care; Emotion and the socio-spatial mediation of care; Reconfiguring the landscape of care: porosity, integration and extitution; Concluding commentary; Bibliography; Index.