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Social Provision in Low-Income CountriesNew Patterns and Emerging Trends$
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Germano Mwabu, Cecilia Ugaz, and Gordon White

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199242191

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199242191.001.0001

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Contexts of Caretaking: Privatism, Diversity, and Households in Social Provision

Contexts of Caretaking: Privatism, Diversity, and Households in Social Provision

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(p.123) 6 Contexts of Caretaking: Privatism, Diversity, and Households in Social Provision
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Social Provision in Low-Income Countries
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Nanneke Redclift

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199242191.003.0007

Although in the southern hemisphere an extended household is regarded as a vital determinant of caretaking, its purposes and underlying processes have not been sufficiently explored. Propositions such as the homogeneity and the natural inclination to provide social protection and welfare of kin groups encourage further understanding of social policies in the international realm. Re-examination of the responsibilities of and the expectations from household members, relatives, and significant others as welfare endowers demonstrates that the distribution of public goods and services will be facilitated by heightened awareness and comprehension of caregiving practices and norms positioned in various cultural orientations. In view of this, it is valuable to take note of the caretaker's characteristics, potentials, personal necessities, and limitations as well as of the existing public provision policies.

Keywords:   extended households, caretaking, homogeneity, social security, welfare, public provision, policies

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