Caring and nurturing are constants in all women's lives, and spouses of alcoholic men are no exceptions. In this article caring is treated as both an emotion and as labour and, therefore, builds on the growing body of work in this area. This article demonstrates that caring work in the lives of women in alcoholic relationships is at the extreme end of a contiuum in which all women are involved, not an abberation as has often been suggested. The women who are interviewed here live lives which are an extension from the good wife in all marriages to the good wife in an alcoholic marriage. It is only by hearing the stories that the link between the women in extreme relationships and women in conventional ones can be made.
Field of Research
160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective
970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society