Global Variations in the Political and Social Economy of Care: Worlds Apart

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-04-25
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Care work, both paid and unpaid, contributes to well-being, social development and economic growth. But the costs of providing care are unequally borne across gender and social class. Feminist scholarship on the gendered construction of welfare provisioning and welfare regimes has produced a conceptually strong and empirically grounded analysis of care, reinforcing the necessity of rethinking the distinctions between "the public" and "the private" as well as the links between them. Yet this analysis, premised on post-industrial contexts, does not travel easily to other parts of the world. Many of its core assumptions - about family structures, labor markets, state capacities, and public social provisioning - do not hold for a wider range of countries. Drawing on original research on the care economy in three developing regions (Africa, Asia, Latin America), this volume addresses a major empirical lacuna while facilitating a conversation across the North-South divide.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tablesp. ix
List of Acronyms and Abbreviationsp. xi
Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introduction: Global Variations in the Political and Social Economy of Care-Worlds Apart?p. 1
Care's Place Re-Imagined
Democratic Care Politics in an Age of Limitsp. 29
Shaping the Policy Agenda: Care in Advanced Industrialized Economies
Advanced Economy, Modern Welfare State and Traditional Care Regimes: The Case of Switzerlandp. 43
The Struggle Against Familialism: Reconfiguring the Care Diamond in Japanp. 61
The Boss, the Worker, His Wife and No Babies: South Korean Political and Social Economy of Care in a Context of Institutional Rigiditiesp. 80
Different Worlds? The Challenge of Care in a Development Context
Beyond Maternalism? The Political and Social Organization of Childcare in Argentinap. 103
The Limits of Family and Community Care: Challenges for Public Policy in Nicaraguap. 122
Care in South Africa: A Legacy of Family Disruptionp. 141
Unpaid and Overstretched: Coping with HIV&AIDS in Tanzaniap. 160
Between the State, Market and Family: Structures, Policies and Practices of Care in Indiap. 176
The Politics of Care "Going Public": Actors and Institutions
Claims and Frames in the Making of Care Policiesp. 201
Harmonizing Global Care Policy? Care and the Commission on the Status of Womenp. 219
Global Care Chains: The Transnational Aspects of Care
The Globalization of Paid Care Labour Migration: Dynamics, Impacts and Policy Issuesp. 241
Contributorsp. 257
Indexp. 263
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