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Social Panorama of Latin America 2012

March 2013|
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Social Panorama of Latin America 2012

Autor institucional: NU. CEPAL Physical Description: 238 páginas. Editorial: ECLAC Date: March 2013 ECLAC symbol: LC/G.2557-P ISBN: 9789211218244


To cast new light on social inequality, the 2012 edition of Social Panorama of Latin America is devoted mainly to aspects of caregiving on which systematized information for the region has not been available hitherto: paid employment in care-related activities, household expenditure on care, and the situation and care needs of persons with disabilities. This edition aims, in fact, to generate knowledge on a link in the chain of social reproduction which has long been sidestepped by public policy, since the issue made little inroads into the discussion or the policy agendas of the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean until a few years ago. The document is divided into two parts. The first, comprising chapters I and II, tracks recent poverty and income distribution trends as well as citizen perceptions of inequality and trust in institutions. The second part homes in on the issue of care, starting with the conceptual and policy view of care as a right, the position regarding paid care work, social expenditure patterns (especially, household spending on care services), the situation of persons with disabilities and their care needs, recent policies that the countries are implementing, and, finally, the challenges that lie ahead.

Table of contents

Part I. Poverty, income distribution and citizen distrust . -- Chapter I: Recent advances in poverty reduction .-- Chapter II: Distribution inequality and perceptions .-- Part II. Some aspects of care in Latin America and the Caribbean: employment, household expenditure and persons with disabilities .-- Chapter III: Employment in the care sector in Latin America .-- Chapter IV: Recent trends in social spending and a profile of private spending on care in the region .-- Chapter V: Autonomy and independence: caring for persons with disabilities .-- Chapter VI: Care policies: situation and challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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