chapter  8
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Women and community care

Natural caring is a concept long adhered to in public life and socio-political literature. It is so deeply rooted as to be deemed the central feature of a female nature which becomes hum an nature (Cowen, 1994) and the female self-identity - the biological cause of domesticity serving to reinforce the distinction between the private and the public (Okin, 1980; Gamarnikow et al., 1983; Graham, 1983; Elshtain, 1993; Dailey, 1996). This dichotomy was prom inent in the nineteenth century, although events of the twentieth century, including a greater involvement of females in the workforce, contributed to its gradual breakdown. Family experts and tradi­ tional sociologists of the family have not really welcomed women’s em ancipation (Roberts, 1982).