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Inequalities of Aging: Paradoxes of Independence in American Home Care

Elana D. Buch


Paid home care sits at the nexus of two of the United States’ biggest social challenges: rising inequality and an aging population. Policy and advocacy initiatives typically treat poverty and care of the aged as distinct forms of vulnerability. They are seen as having separate social causes that require different solutions. Using rich ethnographic narrative based on fieldwork in Chicago, this book examines the diverse relationships generated by care and their connections to longer national histories, policies, and institutional contexts. The vulnerabilities of older adults and care workers are ... More

Keywords: care, aging, work, poverty, inequality, home

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781479810734
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479810734.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elana D. Buch, author
University of Iowa