Caring Conceptualized as the Result of an Effective Caring Situation
The component concept of an effective caring situation relies on the main assumption that it is possible to identify certain characteristic analytical features common to all types of caring activities and treat them within a single frame of reference. The activities comprise caring for the self, caring among equals, and caring for dependents; the caring may be paid or unpaid, performed in the domestic sphere, in a civic context, in a market or state-welfare system, by women or men, or in the formal or the informal economy. The concept of a caring situation proposed in the following is an analytical construct that conceptualizes the (idealtype) situation in which an effective caring activity is provided. It may be used as a frame of reference for the study and as a tool in analyzing the provision of caring activities of any type.
KeywordsInstitutional Arrangement Caring Activity Care Giver Informal Economy Resource Provider
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