Cross-cutting care and care across cuts: dimensions of care in contexts of crisis and social change

Antónia Pedroso de Lima (ISCTE-IUL / CRIA )
Rosie Read (Bournemouth University)
Heike Drotbohm
Start time:
22 July, 2016 at 9:00
Session slots:

Short abstract:

Economic crises in different parts of the world turned dependency into social risk and care into political concern. As institutional social support fail to guarantee daily survival, new configurations of mutuality emerge cutting across boundaries of class, region and nation. How is care redefined?

Long abstract:

Different types of crisis are spreading throughout the world forcing an increasingly part of the population to face a threat to its daily survival. In this conjuncture as the old local frameworks of social support (state or personal) continue to thrive, new configurations of mutuality and care are emerging. In a world where people circulate profusely, care is being reshaped and is being given between people who are physically in different places, and in different parts of the world. These processes of "care" through different spaces and scales - personal/institutional, national/transnational, urban/rural formal/informal care - constitute a fertile terrain for reflecting upon broader social questions: the conditions of sociality and mutuality; the nature of social and moral responsibility; the relation between national politics and the global economic system. Ethnography rends visible the frameworks of interpersonal and institutional relations that make possible both livelihoods and social support. Analyzing the ways in which the crisis affects people and their livelihoods, transforming them, and their social networks, in ways that seem to translate social life itself, we aim at constituting a critical perspective that overcomes the simplistic dichotomy between particular livelihoods and contemporary global capitalist societies. To debate these different dimensions and forms of care, we call for papers addressing how different forms of care are constituted in several social, spatial and political levels? How do people care for themselves, their significant ones? How is "care" redefined in these global practices of caring?