Collaboration and intimacy in the politics of care work 
Kristine Krause (University of Amsterdam)
Izabella Main (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan)
Robert Pool (University of Amsterdam)
Start time:
3 August, 2014 at 9:00 (UTC+0)
Session slots:

Short Abstract:

Papers in this panel discuss collaboration and intimacy in regard to long term care arrangements and (welfare) states. Focus will be on care in informal and formal settings, old age, dementia, mental and physical disability, mobility of carers and aging bodies in local and transnational contexts.

Long Abstract

In many countries a silent revolution is going on in regard to the increase of ageing populations and ruptures in care regimes and established politics of entitlements. Responses to the care gap - the growing number of people requiring care and dwindling numbers and resources to provide it- differ depending on whether there is a weak, reconfigured, or non-existent welfare state. Anthropologist have for long investigated issues of generalized reciprocity and exchange between generations. How useful are these classical concepts in discussing the care gap and quality of care? How can we research the intimacy of care work in intersection with politics of entitlements?

We invite contributions exploring new forms of collaborations and intimacies in care arrangements, as well as ethnographic studies addressing wider issues of changing relationships between individuals and (welfare) states. Papers could focus on old age, dementia, mental and physical disability, frailty, and long term care in informal and formal settings, involving mobility of carers and aging bodies, in local and transnational contexts.

Questions discussed in the panel include, but are not restricted to following issues:

• Care arrangements and politics of entitlements in contexts without, weakening or reconfiguring welfare state;

• The meaning of intimacy and collaboration in the co-production of care work, including the wider organizational and technical infra structures;

• Unexpected collaborations in care settings that lead to 'good enough' care, including new technologies, but also informal, and formal carers;

• Transnational migration of care workers;

• Migration of ageing bodies to places where care work is cheaper.

Accepted papers: