No Place Like Home?: Feminist Ethics and Home Health Care

No Place Like Home?: Feminist Ethics and Home Health Care

by Jennifer A. Parks

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"No Place Like Home? combines the rigorous scholarship of an
academic feminist philosopher with the 'close to the ground' insights that come from
bathing, feeding, and caring for older people as a home care aide. This book
develops recent work in feminist philosophy that attends to both care and justice to
propose a way to reform home care to reduce its exploitative qualities while
assuring that it is more than 'bed and body' work." -- Martha B. Holstein,
Visiting Scholar, Center for Research on Women and Gender at the University of
Illinois, Chicago and co-editor, Ethics and Community Based Elder Care

"For a scathing critique of how American society abuses both
those who receive home-based care as well as those who provide it, and a
sophisticated vision of how we might move toward a more just future, there's no book
like No Place Like Home?." -- James Lindemann Nelson, co-author of Alzheimer's:
Answers to Hard Questions for Families

"[Jennifer Parks's]
critique of current practices and institutions is thorough and accurate, benefiting
both from her own experience as a homecare worker and the philosophically
sophisticated tools she brings to bear on it." -- Laura Purdy, Professor of
Philosophy, Wells College

In this provocative new book,
Jennifer A. Parks analyzes practices in the home health care industry and concludes
that they are highly exploitative of both workers and patients. Under the existing
system, underpaid workers are expected to perform tasks for which they are
inadequately trained, in unreasonably short periods of time. This situation, Parks
argues, harms workers and puts home health care patients at risk. To the extent that
the majority of patients and workers in home health care are women, she turns to
feminist ethics for an alternative approach. Through an understanding of individuals
as social beings with obligations to others, and of home health care as a public
good, Parks explains how to develop the social benefits of good home health care and
increase the role of government in providing financial support and regulatory

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780253109675
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 02/21/2003
Series: Medical Ethics
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 176
File size: 292 KB

About the Author

Jennifer A. Parks is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Loyola
University in Chicago. Her work has appeared in major journals such as Hypatia and
the Journal of Medical Humanities.

Table of Contents


Why Home Care? The Genesis of Home or
"Community-based" Care
Examining Philosophies of Home Care
Care Work as a Subsidy to the State
Caring about the Cared-For
Personal is Political: Negotiating Relationships Within the Home Care
Looking Ahead Can Home Care be


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