#4 - Divya Asuri Dr. Parrenas Sociology-220 13 December...

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Divya Asuri Dr . Parrenas Sociology-220 13 December 2011 Final Paper: #4 Care Work Care work, according to Evelyn Nakano Glenn can be described as “Relationships and activities involved in maintaining people on a daily basis and intergenerationally.” Care work can involve a person providing services to someone through direct contact and consequently the recipient can develop certain “human capabilities” (Parrenas). Most people who are the recipients of care work are children, the elderly, and those who are mentally or physically disabled and require the assistance of another. According to most studies, care work is primarily performed by women whether it is taking care of a house or someone’s child. There are three types of care work that involve various responsibilities. Direct care work, the most commonly known type of care work, includes certain duties such as physical, emotional and other help services. The physical aspect of direct care work could include “feeding or bathing” another while the emotional aspect could include simple actions such as “listening, talking or reassuring” another person (Parrenas). Other services that involve direct care involves performance other miscellaneous activities such as shopping for food or driving to certain engagements. The second type of care work involves the “upkeeping of immediate physical surroundings” including chores such as vacuuming, doing the laundry, or changing the bed linens. The third type of care work involves “Fostering of people’s relationships and social connections, in other words ‘kin work’” (Parrenas). One of the biggest occupations involving the third type of care work is that of the nanny. The most prominent type of care work is that of the ‘nanny.’ Nannies are often hired in order to help care for the children of working parents or a single working mother. In many ways,
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the nanny can even be considered as a second mother for the children they are taking care of. Conflicts often arise between the biological mother and the nanny due to the fact that the nanny
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