Chapter 9 Gendered responsibility of multigenerational care: examining 'defamilialisation' policies in family-centred welfare regimes in East Asia
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This chapter examines the impacts of recent policy reforms on the care responsibilities of women who provide both childcare and elderly care, what we term ‘multigenerational care’ in East Asian societies. Drawing on considerable and comparative evidence from Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, it reveals that there are significant differences in women’s experience of multigenerational care and that recent ‘generous’ care policy reforms have not had a clear impact on the sense of burden and stress that multigenerational carers feel, especially in Japan and South Korea. We critically review the discussion on defamilialisation approaches in comparative welfare regime studies and provide an insight into why the expansion of state roles in financing and arranging care provision has not lessened women’s and family’s responsibility for care.

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