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Lesbians giving and receiving care: stretching conceptualizations of caring and community

Author: Aronson, J.
Author Background:
Date 1/1/98
Type Journal
Journal Title: Women -s-Studies-International-Forum
Volume/Pages 21(5): 505-519
Subject Matter Gender Issues
Abstract In western social welfare jurisdictions, repsponsibility or the care of peole who are disabled or frail is typically pressed out of the public domain to the private domain of families and, within them, to women. Feminist critiques of this social division and privatizing of care have seldom addressed the possibilities of care giving and receiving ani nonfamilial contexts. A study of lesbians caring for and being cared for by other lesbians in the context of partnerships, friendships, and community networks explores these more spacious and relatively unremarked possibilities. Conceptually, a focus on lesbian experience provides a fruitful point of entry for thinking about alternative ways of building supportive social ties, thus contributing to the wider feminist vision of a public culture of care in which the legitimacy of needs for assistance and the value of care and regarded as important matters for collective concern and response.