Paper $49.95 ISBN: 9781447306825 Published December 2014 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $120.00 ISBN: 9781447306818 Published July 2013 For sale in North and South America only

Combining Paid Work and Family Care

Policies and Experiences in International Perspective

Edited by Teppo Kröger and Sue Yeandle

Combining Paid Work and Family Care

Edited by Teppo Kröger and Sue Yeandle

Distributed for Bristol University Press

256 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2013
Paper $49.95 ISBN: 9781447306825 Published December 2014 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $120.00 ISBN: 9781447306818 Published July 2013 For sale in North and South America only
As populations around the world age, increasing efforts are required from families and governments to secure care and support for older and disabled people. Furthermore, both women and men are expected to work later into life. Taken together, these two facts have made the relationship between work and care a burning issue for social and employment policy as well as for those working toward economic sustainability. Emphasizing the lessons that can be learned from individual experiences, this book widens current debates on these topics, bringing the experiences of individuals who support older, disabled, or chronically ill partners, relatives, or children to the discussion.

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1.      Reconciling work and care: an international analysis

            Teppo Kröger and Sue Yeandle

2.      The emergence of policy supporting working carers: developments in six countries

            Sue Yeandle and Teppo Kröger, with Bettina Cass, Yueh-Ching Chou, Masaya Shimmei and Marta Szebehely

Part One: Working carers of older people

3.      Family rediscovered? Working carers of older people in Finland and Sweden

            Outi Jolanki, Marta Szebehely and Kaisa Kauppinen

4.      Working carers of older people: steps towards securing adequate support in Austria and England?

            Sue Yeandle and Bettina Cass

5.      Struggling for recognition: working carers of older people in Japan and Taiwan

            Frank T.Y. Wang, Masaya Shimmei, Yoshiko Yamada and Machiko Osawa

Part Two: Working parent-carers of disabled children

6.      Parent-carers of disabled children in Finland and Sweden: socially excluded by a labour of love?

            Sonja Miettinen, Kristina Engwall and Antti Teittinen

7.      Reconciling work and care for parent-carers of disabled children in Australia and England: uncertain progress

            Sue Yeandle and Kylie Valentine

8.      Parent-carers in Taiwan and Japan: lifelong caring responsibilities within a familistic welfare system

            Yueh-Ching Chou, Toshiko Nakano, Heng-Hao Chang and Li-Fang Liang

Part Three: Working partner-carers

9.      Reconciling partner-care and paid work in Finland and Sweden: challenges and coping strategies

            Anu Leinonen and Ann-Britt Sand

10.      ‘In sickness and in health’ and beyond: reconciling work and care for a partner in Australia and England

            Gary Fry, Cathy Thomson and Trish Hill

11.      Partner-care in the East Asian system: combining paid work and caring in Japan and Taiwan

            Mei-Chun Liu and Machiko Osawa


12.      Reconciling work and care for older parents, disabled children and partners: convergent or separate paths in three welfare systems?

            Sue Yeandle and Teppo Kröger


Review Quotes
Judith Phillips, University of Swansea, UK
“The international and intergenerational dimensions in this book add to our understanding of the complex negotiations between work and home life. Set in the context of changing labour markets and welfare states Sue Yeandle and Teppo Kroger have produced an excellent book which will be invaluable to academics and policy makers alike in addressing an increasing societal challenge of combining paid work and family care. It is a timely book written by leading authorities in this area.” 
Michael Fine, Macquarie University, Australia
“Kröger and Yeandle have brought together leading researchers from across the globe to produce a landmark volume on the conflicts experienced between family care and employment. This is the most comprehensive international comparative study yet produced and will surely become the benchmark by which policies and policy research in the new century will be measured.”
Narjes Mehdizadeh, Glasgow Caledonian University | Work, Employment and Society
“Highlight[s] the policy lessons to be learned from experiences of the reconciliation of work and care in various contexts.”
Francesca Moore, University of Cambridge | People, Place and Policy
"The clear, readable presentation of the large volume of data should win it a place on reading lists for undergraduate and graduate courses on social policy, citizenship, and politics."
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