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Caring for a LivingMigrant Women, Aging Citizens, and Italian Families$
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Francesca Degiuli

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199989010

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199989010.001.0001

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The Burden of Long-Term Care

The Burden of Long-Term Care

Its Cultural, Economic, and Social Aspects

(p.56) 4 The Burden of Long-Term Care
Caring for a Living

Francesca Degiuli

Oxford University Press

This chapter investigates the reasons behind Italian families’s decision to hire a home eldercare assistant. It does so first by exploring the current organization of long-term eldercare in Italy: who provides it, in what terms, the impact of care provision on caregivers’ lives and the lives of their families, and its costs at the economic and emotional level for all the actors involved. It continues by analyzing the support that the state provides to families both in terms of services and cash provisions and how this support increasingly pushes families to seek care support in the informal labor market. Finally, it concludes by looking at how family caregivers actively transform into employers and at how, in the process, they create hierarchies of labor in terms of race/ethnicity and nationality.

Keywords:   eldercare provision, welfare state, welfare state and Italian families, cash-for-care, immigrant home eldercare assistants, hierarchies of labor, race/ethnicity, national identity, racial discrimination

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