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Lecture 6

SOCI 3660 Lecture 6: February 14
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Department
Sociology
Course
SOCI 3660
Professor
Amber Gazso
Semester
Winter

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1. Caregiving: Long-Term, Over the Life Course -families in the middle of a transition -launching of children -boomerang children -caregiving in families is not just directed towards young children or the elderly, though that is the majority -it is also performed intergenerationally: caregiving takes place amongst individuals within the generation (sibling-sibling) and intra-generationally -caregiving relations are informed by gender, race/ethnicity, culture, class, and different levels of intersecting factors -some families have strong cultural norms attached to families for caregiving -perceptions on caregiving from the perspective of South Asian and Chinese families: these particular participants mentioned that there was a strong emphasis on family loyalty and filial piety -caregiving is culturally-informed -surveillance: internal surveillance, in which caregivers are monitored within the family by their family members or the family members of those being cared for -external surveillance: community members and those external to the family dynamic -conceptions about caregiving is influenced by that -they didn’t think of caregiving as burdensome -they perceived caregiving to be a role as central to their identity -this is in contrast to Euro-Canadian approaches that are based on institutional intervention: long-term care homes -the participants viewed that those kinds of acts are disposing of their family members as if they were garbage -different conceptualization that is informed by cultural relations -intergenerational coresidence is not uncommon within homes (caregiving takes on a different dynamic, when young adults are still living at home; around the ages of 19-20) -mature co-residency: 25+ -this can create a different dynamic for caregivers -sandwiched generation: caregivers in midlife, 45-74, are sandwiched in their caregiving duties, which can take more of a toll on the caregivers, physically, financially, mentally, and socially -since women have historically been the predominant caregivers in the home, they are more affected by this and thus, experience this “caregiving squeeze”, being more prone to switch from full-time to part-time employment -“empty nests”: all children within the household grow up and move out, but might not happen until parents are in their 50s -feathered nest: adult children get too comfortable in the home and may not want to leave, thus causing a different dynamic relationship between the family members (this has to do with social capital, circumstances) -as of 2006, 60% of individuals aged 20-24 still lived at home, and roughly ¼ of 25-29 still lived at home -growing enc
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