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Caregiving Patterns in Rural Andean Colombia


  • Greta Friedemann-Sánchez


Are there local cultural ideals of filial caregiving responsibility -- a type of repayment of a debt to parents -- and do they differ by gender? How are filial caregiving responsibilities allocated among siblings in such instances, and how do they fit cultural ideals? Is caregiving negotiated among siblings; and if so, how? This qualitative study conducted in rural Andean Colombia is based on a sample of thirty-eight interviews differentiated by gender and employment in the (formal and informal) labor market, with individuals who have at least one parent in need of care and at least one living sibling of the opposite gender. The study explores the cultural definition of caregiving, the ideal norms of who should care for parents, and the actual gendered patterns of caregiving. This interdisciplinary study expands existing research in the health and social sciences by exploring the pathways to becoming a caregiver.

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  • Greta Friedemann-Sánchez, 2012. "Caregiving Patterns in Rural Andean Colombia," Feminist Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 18(3), pages 55-80, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:femeco:v:18:y:2012:i:3:p:55-80 DOI: 10.1080/13545701.2012.714471

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