An ethic of care and sibling care in older age

Barnes, Marian (2012) An ethic of care and sibling care in older age Families, Relationships and Societies, 1 (1). pp. 7-23. ISSN 2046-7435

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Feminist care ethics emphasises the relational nature of care. This suggests the importance of understanding the different dynamics of care in different relational contexts. This article applies such a perspective to exploratory interviews with carers looking after siblings in older age. While some attention has been given to sibling care following the death of parents of people with learning difficulties and, to a lesser extent, those with enduring mental health problems, older sibling care can take place when siblings become ill, or when they have had close contact over a lifetime. Motivations to care are strongly embedded in family responsibility, but the precise meaning and consequences of this vary. Such relationships may not be more egalitarian than other familial caring relationships, although caregiving can bring siblings closer together.

Item Type: Journal article
Additional Information: (c) The Policy Press
Uncontrolled Keywords: siblings; family responsibilities; carers; ethic of care
Subjects: L000 Social Sciences
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1332/204674312X633135
Faculties: Faculty of Health and Social Sciences > School of Applied Social Science > Health and Social Policy Research Centre
Depositing User: Converis
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2012 09:11
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2015 14:25

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