Contested Concepts of Care Policies – Ideas, Interests and Actors

Tuesday, 17 July 2018: 17:30-19:20
RC19 Sociology of Poverty, Social Welfare and Social Policy (host committee)

Language: English

In the last decades, welfare state policies towards childcare and long-term care for older people in need of care have experienced a considerable restructuring and in part also fundamental reforms in many countries. They were in part based on a re-definition or extension of care-related social rights and an extension of professional  education for care workers.At the same time, welfare states also supported the marketization of social services, the outsourcing of tasks to for-profit providers and the construction of social citizens as “consumers”, on the basis of the strengthening of neoliberal ideas. The consequences of these reforms are in part contradictory, concerning the quality of care, the working conditions of care workers, the work-family relationship, gender equality and social equality.  

The stream will analyze concepts and ideas about care and care work within the policies of contemporary welfare states, the political and public debates and struggles about these concepts and ideas, and in how far care policies and their outcomes differ cross-nationally. We also aim to discuss the theoretical approaches and typologies that can be used for cross-national comparative research in this field.

The main questions of this stream include:

  • Which concepts and ideas have been developed or newly adopted in care policies of welfare states?
  • In how far are these concepts and ideas supported or contested among the political actors and in the population?
  • What kind of care policies are currently emerging?
  • In how far do we need new theoretical concepts and typologies about care policies?
Session Organizers:
Birgit PFAU-EFFINGER, University of Hamburg, Germany and Hildegard THEOBALD, University of Vechta, Germany
Hildegard THEOBALD, University of Vechta, Department of education and social sciences, Germany
Birgit PFAU-EFFINGER, University of Hamburg, Germany
Oral Presentations
Care Provision By Home Care Agencies – Insights from 24H-Care in Austria for Trans- and Cross-National Research on Care and Inequality
Brigitte AULENBACHER, Johannes Kepler University, Austria; Michael LEIBLFINGER, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Institute of Sociology TSS, Austria; Veronika PRIELER, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Institute of Sociology TSS, Austria
Contesting and Reconceptualizing the Care in Early Education and Child Care Policies in Canada
Rachel LANGFORD, Ryerson University, Canada; Brooke RICHARDSON, Ryerson University, Canada; Kate BEZANSON, Brock University, Canada; Susan PRENTICE, University of Manitoba, Canada; Patrizia ALBANESE, Ryerson University, Canada
Competition of Discourses in the Change of Childcare Policy in Taiwan
Chia-Ling YANG, Graduate Institute of Gender Equity Education, National Kaohsiung Normal University, Taiwan
Same Words, Different Ideas? the Social Construction of Care Markets in Italy and UK
Costanzo RANCI, Polytechnic of Milan, Italy; Marco ARLOTTI, Polytechnic of Milan, Italy; Stefania CEREA, Polytechnic of Milan, Italy
Sustainable Wellbeing: Developing a Conceptual and Analytical Framework for Policy and Practice in Care and Caring
Sue YEANDLE, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom; Norah KEATING, University of Swansea, United Kingdom; Allister MCGREGOR, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
Distributed Papers