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Taking Care of Our Own: When Family Caregivers Do Medical Work

Sherry N. Mong


Mixing personal history, interviewee voices, and academic theory from the fields of care work, the sociology of work, medical sociology, and nursing, this book introduces us to the hidden world of family caregivers. Using a multidimensional approach, the book seeks to understand and analyze the types of skilled work that family caregivers do, the processes through which they learn and negotiate new skills, and the meanings that both caregivers and nurses attach to their care work. The book is based on sixty-two in-depth interviews with family caregivers, home and community health-care nurses, ... More

Keywords: care work, medical sociology, nursing, family caregivers, health-care nurses, in-home care

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781501751448
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501751448.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sherry N. Mong, author
Capital University

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Part I The Work of Skilled Family Caregiving

Part II Relationships, Identities, and Emotions in Skilled Family Care Work