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Title: Time for care: exploring time use by carers of older people
Author(s): Bowes, Alison
Dawson, Alison
Ashworth, Rosalie
Keywords: carers
time use
older people
Issue Date: 29-Mar-2019
Citation: Bowes A, Dawson A & Ashworth R (2019) Time for care: exploring time use by carers of older people. Ageing and Society.
Abstract: First paragraph: The contribution of carers, as 'people who provide support, in the context of familial or other prior affective relationships, to a person with long-term care needs, experiencing frailty in old age or with serious illness or disability' (Yeandle et al 2017:10), to the support and care of older people is recognised world wide, and researchers internationally are attempting to develop better understanding of its quantity and quality. This paper focuses on the temporal dimensions of what carers do. We take a critical perspective both on time and temporality, and on prevalent assumptions about care that are reproduced in research literature. We argue that the focus on time can be used to generate novel possibilities for research that learns from carers' experiences. As Milne and Larkin (2015) suggest is necessary, we draw on two traditions in care research: 'gathering and evaluation', which considers the quantity and nature of caring and evaluates policy and practice; and 'conceptualising and theorising' which is concerned with caring in its context, questions prevalent assumptions and critically examines established ideas.
DOI Link: 10.1017/S0144686X19000205
Rights: © Cambridge University Press 2019 This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution licence (, which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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