Caring for Elderly Parents: A New Commitment of the Third Age

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Title:Caring for Elderly Parents: A New Commitment of the Third Age
Creators:
Dudová, Radka; radka dot dudova at soc dot cas dot cz
Journal or Publication Title:
Czech Sociological Review, 51, 6, pp. 903-929
Uncontrolled Keywords:elderly care, third age, young old, informal care, ageing

Abstract

The article explores the practices of elderly care in the Czech Republic from the life-course perspective, using qualitative research methodology: biographical interviews with women providing everyday care to their parents. The case of elderly care presents an opportunity to critically examine the concepts of the ‘third age’ and ‘young old’, that have figured prominently in theoretical and political debates concerning the life stage in which the need to care for one´s parents seems most likely to arise. In the ‘collective story’ based on the narratives of women aged 50-66 who provided everyday care for their elderly mother, I identify and describe the factors that influence how this stage in life unfolds and the decisions women make about their life/life course. I argue that in contemporary Czech society ‘young old age’ cannot be defined in terms of the absence of work commitments or the absence family care commitments, and that the original concepts dealing with this new period in life did not take the new commitments of care or the gendered aspect of them into consideration.

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Title:Caring for Elderly Parents: A New Commitment of the Third Age
Creators:
Dudová, Radka; radka dot dudova at soc dot cas dot cz
Uncontrolled Keywords:elderly care, third age, young old, informal care, ageing
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions:Humanities and Social Sciences > 7. Section of Social and Economic Sciences > Institute of Sociology > Czech sociological review (Sociologický časopis)
Journal or Publication Title:Czech Sociological Review
Volume:51
Number:6
Page Range:pp. 903-929
ISSN:0038-0288
Publisher:Institute of Sociology AS CR
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http://avi.lib.cas.cz/node/83Publisher
ID Code:8549
Item Type:Article
Deposited On:22 Jan 2016 16:24
Last Modified:22 Jan 2016 15:24

Citation

Dudová, Radka (2015) Caring for Elderly Parents: A New Commitment of the Third Age. Czech Sociological Review, 51 (6). pp. 903-929. ISSN 0038-0288

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