The need for caregiving is enormous. Thanks to extraordinary advances in medical technology, Americans are surviving illnesses and injuries that would have killed them a generation ago, and more of us are living into our eighties and nineties than ever before. Yet most people over sixty-five live with the burden of one or more chronic illness. The problems created by the caregiving needs of these and other groups are at the center of several of the most explosive political issues of our time: health care, welfare, child care, and family leave. These issues can be resolved, the editors of this volume contend, only when we as a society understand and value the work of caregiving and provide support for professional and family caregivers.
The editors of this volume look not only at the financial, emotional, and physical demands of giving and receiving care but at the strengths and rewards inherent in the world of caregiving. This far-reaching book explores the depth and complexity of caregiving, from practice and personal experience, to ethics and policymaking, to home and institutional care.
Introduction 1. In the Gloaming -Alice Elliott Dark 2. The Cared-For -Nel Noddings 3. Caring Practice -Patricia Benner, Suzanne Gordon 4. Caring: A Negotiated Process That Varies -Barbara Tarlow 5. Facing Up to Moral Perils: The Virtues of Care in Bioethics -Alisa L. Carse 6. The Heather Blazing -Colm Toibin 7. Mothering as a Practice -Victoria Wynn Leonard 8. Nursing Loved Ones with AIDS: Knowledge Development for Ethical Practice -Richard MacIntyre 9. Hearing the Whole Story -Jeannie Chaisson 10. The Caring Professional -Nel Noddings 11. Ella -Suzanne Gordon 12. Two Stories of Caring in Teaching -James G. Henderson 13. The Phenomenology of Knowing the Patient -Christine A. Tanner, Patricia Benner, Catherine Chesla, Deborah Gordon 14. Money Managers Are Unraveling the Tapestry of Nursing -Ellen D. Baer, Suzanne Gordon 15. The Rationality of Caring -Kari Waerness 16. Feminism and Caring -Suzanne Gordon 17. The Mormon Caregiving Network -Judith Dushku 18. Let Me Take a Listen to Your Heart -Rita Charon List of Contributors Index