The micropolitics of elder care in Memento Mori, Diary of a Good Neighbor, and A Taste for Death

S. E. England, C. Ganzer

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Abstract

Using three novels-Muriel Spark's Memento Mori, Doris Lessing's Diary of a Good Neighbor, and P. D. James' A Taste for Death-we examine themes relating to the social construction of caregiving. In our reading of the stories we found numerous instances of the political in the personal, and of how care can be shaped by inequalities of class and gender, by organizational practices and attitudes rooted in cultural assumptions, and by the social idealization of care provided by relatives and friends.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)355-369
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Health Services
Volume24
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy

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