As women moved into the formal labor force in large numbers over
the last forty years, care work traditionally provided primarily by
women has increasingly shifted from the family arena to the market.
Child care, elder care, care for the disabled, and home care now
account for a growing segment of low-wage work in the United
States. But the expanding market provision of care has created new
economic anxieties and raised pointed questions: Why do women
continue to do most care work, both paid and unpaid? Why does care
work remain low paid when the quality of care is so highly valued?
In For Love and Money, an interdisciplinary team of experts
explores the theoretical dilemmas of care provision and provides an
unprecedented empirical overview of the looming problems for the
care sector in the United States. Drawing on diverse disciplines
and areas of expertise, For Love and Money develops an innovative
framework to analyze existing care policies and suggest potential
directions for care policy and future research. Contributors Paula
England, Nancy Folbre, and Carrie Leana explore the range of
motivations for caregiving, such as familial responsibility or
limited job prospects, and why both love and money can be efficient
motivators. They also examine why women tend to specialize in the
provision of care, citing factors like job discrimination, social
pressure, or the personal motivation to provide care reported by
many women. Suzanne Bianchi, Nancy Folbre, and Douglas Wolf
estimate how much unpaid care is being provided in the United
States and show that low-income families rely more on unpaid family
members for their child and for elder care than do affluent
families. With low wages and little savings, these families often
find it difficult to provide care and earn enough money to stay
afloat. Candace Howes, Carrie Leana and Kristin Smith investigate
the dynamics within the paid care sector and find problematic wages
and working conditions, including high turnover, inadequate
training and a pay penalty for workers who enter care jobs. These
conditions have consequences: poor job quality in child care and
adult care also leads to poor care quality. In their chapters,
Janet Gornick, Candace Howes and Laura Braslow provide a systematic
inventory of public policies that directly shape the provision of
care for children or for adults who need personal assistance, such
as family leave, child care tax credits and Medicaid-funded
long-term care. They conclude that income and variations in states
policies are the greatest factors determining how well, and for
whom, the current system works. Despite the demand for care work,
very little public policy attention has been devoted to it. Only
three states, for example, have enacted paid family leave programs.
Paid or unpaid, care costs those who provide it. At the heart of
For Love and Money is the understanding that the quality of care
work in the United States matters not only for those who receive
care but also for society at large, which benefits from the
nurturance and maintenance of human capabilities. This volume
clarifies the pressing need for America to fundamentally rethink
its care policies and increase public investment in this
increasingly crucial sector."
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