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Caring for America: Home Health Workers in the Shadow of the Welfare State

Eileen Boris and Jennifer Klein


This book helps to explain why there is no adequate long-term care in America. Through a sweeping analytical narrative, from the Great Depression of the 1930s to the Great Recession of today, Caring for America shows how law and social policy shaped home care into a low-waged job and a means-tested social service, stigmatized as part of public welfare, primarily funded through Medicaid, and relegated to the bottom of the medical hierarchy. It became a job for African American and immigrant women that kept them in poverty, while providing independence from institutionalization for needy elderly ... More

Keywords: home care, carework, gender, race, welfare state, unions and labor, old age, health care, disability rights, domestic work

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780195329117
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195329117.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eileen Boris, author

Jennifer Klein, author