Care Work: Facing New Challenges, Involving Professionals and Non-Professionals ; Lessons from International Comparisons- ”

Wednesday, 18 July 2018: 17:30-19:20
RC30 Sociology of Work (host committee)

Language: English and French

To cope some of the main consequences of social and economic violence, specific professional’s skills, such as those involved in “Care Work” have to be adapted and improved. On the other hand, in many countries, “lay people” are ask to be more involved in the definition of practical responses to different types of injustices.

Moreover, a move from “Cure” to “Care” in societies where more and more individuals are vulnerable, is emerging. In this context, the new ethics of care leads to take into account not only each patient / family’ needs but also each patient / family capabilities.

But, at the same time, the professionalization of Care Work is increasing in almost every developed countries. It comes with a valuation of activities related to care and, to some extent, with the acknowledgment of technical skills associated to those activities along with relational ones.

Therefore, Care Work professionals, as well as their “clients”, have to gain new kinds of responsibilities in a time when the State’s legitimacy is in jeopardy.

This dynamic goes against a type of “naturalization” of care activities perceived as to be performed by women on a domestic if not, benevolent basis.

International comparisons of Care Work development are but a good way to address this topics as gender issue as well as professionalization are historically and socially defined.

The expected communications for this session should be grounded on studies involving at least two countries in a quantitative and / or a qualitative perspective.

Session Organizer:
Philippe MOSSÉ, LEST-CNRS-AMU, France
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