Care in times of crises: between welfare-state and interpersonal relationships
Antónia Pedroso de Lima (ISCTE-IUL CRIA)
Manuela Cunha (Universidade do Minho, CRIA-UMinho)
Thursday 12 July, 11:30-13:15, 14:30-16:15, Friday 13 July, 9:00-10:45 (UTC+0)

Short abstract:

To debate uncertainty in times of crises we will address different forms of care that are created to overcome the current social and economic "State of emergency": how actual people integrate formal and informal systems of care and how these strategies become effective in global economic system.

Long abstract:

The concept of Care is being used in social sciences to address situations where deprivation and health problems are dealt with by the State provision to citizens. However, in the relational existence of daily life, people use care in a broader sense to describe the processes and the sentiments between people who take care of each other in various forms and dimensions of social life and who are not necessarily in need.

The current social and economic international 'crisis' - with rising rates of unemployment, low family income, a significant immigrant population, and a growing aged population - increases pressures on a wide range of social services. Faced with the failing capability of state care systems to continue to provide this support, people (re)turn to informal ways to address the problem.

This Workshop aims to address different dimensions and forms of care which are constructed to overcome the current "State of emergency". To understand this complex and multidimensional process we will debate how informal practices support the economy (without conceptually separating them)? How actual people are integrated in formal and informal systems of care? And how these strategies become effective and efficient to the global economic social system?

To debate uncertainty in times of crises we call for papers addressing how do people care for themselves, their significant ones and the world they live in when the welfare-state fails? How interpersonal relationships, public policies and economic interests intersect with each other? How diferent forms of care are constituted in severeal social levels?