Caring for America: The authors are interviewed…

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An Interview with Eileen Boris and Jennifer Klein

Posted on 02 July 2012. Tags: , ,

In their new book, Caring for America (Oxford University Press), Eileen Boris and Jennifer Klein trace the history of home care work in the U.S. from its New Deal–era roots to its current professionalized state. Along the way, Boris and Klein — professors at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Yale University, respectively — explore how the gendered and racialized conceptions of home care work have affected workers’ wages, benefits, and unionization patterns. The authors show how home care work began — and, in many cases, remains — a state-funded “jobs program on the cheap.” They also outline the trajectories of both the medical and social-welfare models of home care. Recently, Boris and Klein spoke with PHI about the themes of their book.



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