Care and caring

Authored by: Michael D. Fine

The Routledge Handbook of Social Work Theory

Print publication date:  July  2019
Online publication date:  June  2019

Print ISBN: 9780415793438
eBook ISBN: 9781315211053
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After decades, if not centuries, of neglect, the concepts of care and caring have become central to contemporary social thought. While essential for human existence, approaches to providing care change over time. As the core concepts signify activities, ideals and phenomena that are inherently value based, their meaning and character remain contested, making them difficult to define and analyze. It is, nonetheless, increasingly vital to understand their meaning and significance as terms and, even more importantly, as forms of action and as relationships.

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