Global Perspectives on Care and Care Work II: Marketization, New Forms of Governance and Gender

Thursday, 19 July 2018: 10:30-12:20
RC32 Women in Society (host committee)
RC02 Economy and Society

Language: English

Care work is undergoing a dramatic change worldwide. Countries in the Global North experience a ´care crisis´ resulting from neoliberal deregulation of welfare provision. In these countries marketization implies that those who can afford it outsource care. The majority of migrant care givers come from countries in the Global South. However, there are important differences. In Europe millions of care givers come from post-socialist countries which struggle with the fact that their inclusion in the global system resulted in the deregulation or elimination of state run care infrastructure now replaced by private institutions. As a result, markets become the main actors of care provision. The low level or even absence of welfare state provision in many countries has always implied a situation where wealthy families employed care givers from ethnic minorities or poorer strata of the population, but here, too, the situation is changing. In some middle income-countries of the Global South care work is a social issue moving up on the political and state’s agenda, and care provision in part involves populations previously excluded or ignored. Furthermore, the global economic crisis lays off ‘surplus workers’ and often results in extensive migrations, but migrants’ provision of care in faraway countries generate care gaps in their home countries. We invite papers dealing with the connection of marketization and new forms of governance and the following question: How does the change of provision, institutionalization and regulation of care work affect social differences and inequalities of gender, race and class?
Session Organizers:
Birgit RIEGRAF, University of Paderborn, Germany and Helma LUTZ, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
Birgit RIEGRAF, University of Paderborn, Germany and Helma LUTZ, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
Oral Presentations
The OECD, the World Bank and Transnational Care Chains
Rianne MAHON, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada
Negotiating Care Culture and Ethnic Difference: Employment of Migrant Care Workers in East Asia
Pei-Chia LAN, Department of Sociology, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Work-Care-Migration Regimes and Class Inequalities
Youyenn TEO, Sociology, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
The Marketization of Care. National Responses to a Global Paradox - an Australian Case Study.
Michael FINE, Department of Sociology, Macquarie University, Australia; Robert DAVIDSON, Department of Sociology, Macquarie University, Australia
Elderly Care in Changing Societies: Concurrences in Divergent Care Regimes. a Comparison of Germany, Sweden and Italy
Hildegard THEOBALD, University of Vechta, Department of education and social sciences, Germany; Matteo LUPPI, Collegio Carlo Alberto, Italy
Care Economy and the New Contours of Inequality
Ito PENG, University of Toronto, Canada
Distributed Papers
Intersectionality Applied to Transformations in Care and Domestic Work: A Global and Comparative Perspective
Daniela CHERUBINI, Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy; Anna DI BARTOLOMEO, Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy
Ensuring Care through Exclusion of a Workforce?
Virginia Kimey PFLÜCKE, B-TU Cottbus, Germany
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