The care crunch: changing work, families and welfare in Australia

Hancock, Linda 2002, The care crunch: changing work, families and welfare in Australia, Critical social policy, vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 119-140.

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Title The care crunch: changing work, families and welfare in Australia
Author(s) Hancock, LindaORCID iD for Hancock, Linda
Journal name Critical social policy
Volume number 22
Issue number 1
Start page 119
End page 140
Publisher Critical Social Policy
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2002-02
ISSN 0261-0183
Keyword(s) Australia
Gender contracts
Social policy
Social protection
Summary Structural shifts in labour markets and in households are impacting on the capacity of households and families to deal with risk. In Australia the post-Federation and post-war social settlement, based on the gendered assumptions underpinning the male breadwinner/female carer model, is no longer viable in an era of increasingly precarious employment, diverse family forms and deepening inequalities. Labour market and industrial relations changes, when combined with major demographic shifts such as divorce and population ageing, and increasing expectations for community care are contributing to a 'care crunch'. The article canvasses the challenge of developing a social risk protection framework that balances caring, work and quality of life.
Language eng
Field of Research 160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2002, SAGE Publications
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