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Who cares? UK lesbian caregivers in a heterosexual world

Hegarty, PJ and Parslow, O (2013) Who cares? UK lesbian caregivers in a heterosexual world Women's Studies International Forum, 40. pp. 78-86.

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Abstract

Women undertake most caring responsibilities for older family members and models of family caregiving implicitly position women carers as heterosexual-by-default. This UK-based study examined the impact of eldercare responsibility on the “outness,” socialisation, and personal relationships of seven lesbians (aged 48–62) who provided care to elderly relatives. The women were interviewed and the resulting transcripts were analysed using the method of constant comparative analysis yielding four themes: 1) duty and obligation, 2) loss of lesbian identity, 3) connections with lesbian communities, and 4) boundary setting. Lesbians incorporate elder caring into the framework of their lives in diverse ways, demonstrating “normative creativity” (Brown, 1989) in the absence of clear models of lesbian familial caregiving. These lesbians highlight new understandings of caregiving that wrestle with hegemonic discourses, and extend understanding of the normative creativity of lesbian lives to the domain of elder care.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
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Hegarty, PJUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Parslow, OUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : October 2013
Identification Number : 10.1016/j.wsif.2013.03.003
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Additional Information : NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Women's Studies International Forum. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Women's Studies International Forum, 40, October 2013, DOI 10.1016/j.wsif.2013.03.003.
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 27 Jun 2014 11:34
Last Modified : 27 Jun 2014 13:33
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/793353

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