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Care crises, welfare policies and the commons 
Angelina Kussy (Autonomous University of Barcelona)
Petra Ezzeddine (Charles University, Prague)
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Lanyon Building (LAN), 01/002 CR & CC
Tuesday 26 July, 12:00-13:45

Short Abstract:

This panel explores the existing landscapes of care and emerging responses of the states, municipalities and civil society to the care crisis. We explore mobilities shaping care practices, welfare policies and place-based initiatives based on the commons.

Long Abstract:

The absence of a coherent political strategy to address the care crisis is an urgent problem. While capitalist markets take advantage of the care crisis through a "care fix" driven by the commodification of care provision (Dowling 2020), state inaction in this realm aggravates social inequalities and injustice (Comas-d'Argemir 2020).

This panel aims to explore the existing landscapes of care provision, needs and imaginaries, as well as emerging responses of the states, municipalities, cooperative movement or care migrants initiatives to the care crisis and the impact of the welfare policies on the social organisation of care, carers and people with dependencies.

We also want to pay attention to different modes of relocation of care in order to understand how care is shaped by economic inequalities in the region, overlapping histories and requiring to question centre/periphery relations, welfare policies and other sectors of society (Krause, Sapieha & Schurian 2019).

We welcome ethnographies and anthropological analyses based on decolonial perspectives and the political economy of care (Ezzeddine & Uhde 2020) in the European context:

a) overlapping mobilities shaping landscapes of care needs, practices and imaginaries

b) welfare responses to the care crisis

c) place-based initiatives of progressive municipalities or bottom-up movements based on the commons, to discuss their potential and limits in "prefiguring" alternatives (Kussy et al. 2023) and envisioning a more communitarian care model, less focused on the states, market and family (Vega et al. 2019).

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