Despite its familiarity, the realities of care are both complex and contested. This book offers a unique approach to scrutinising the co-existence of both care and abuse in relationships. It demonstrates ways of increasing critical reflexivity when working with people involved in difficult care relationships. The book emphasises that when talking about care, we need to care about talk.
Discourse analysis is introduced as a method of investigating relationships, policy and literature in informal care. Analytic tools are considered alongside case-studies to illustrate how both carer and caree construct their relationship and account for difficulties with each other.
Liz Forbat is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, at the University of Edinburgh, UK. She has an ongoing interest in relationship difficulties, and has worked as a psychologist in acute psychiatry and forensics.
Introduction: Talking about care/caring about talk; Constructions of care: the family, difficulties and policy; Biographies, family histories and discursive psychology; Accounts of care and accounting for care: repertoires in talk; Embedding difficulties in talk about care relationships; Mapping family history: the genealogy of difficulties and care; Two sides to the care story: illuminating the analytic potential; Talking about care: practice implications.