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A gondoskodás újraszervezése
The reorganization of care

Practical Responses to The Crisis of Care

Author(s): Noémi Katona, Loren László, Andrea Czerván
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, Anthropology, Social Sciences, Economy, Gender Studies, Education, Sociology, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Culture and social structure , Applied Sociology, Health and medicine and law, Family and social welfare, Demography and human biology, Gerontology, Radical sociology , Globalization
Published by: Fordulat
Keywords: care; carework; social reproduction; commons; commoning;social reproduction theory;

Summary/Abstract: The starting point of our paper is that the capitalist socioeconomic system treats life-reproducing reproductive work and one of its forms, care as free resources, as individual responsibilities, placing their costs on families and households, especially women. The low level of state engagement and the emergence of for-profit market services further exacerbate the crisis of care as well as inequalities in care. In the paper, we first introduce grassroots cooperatives and initiatives in the field of elderly care and child care that revalue and reorganize care in a participatory, democratic and solidarity-based way in order to strengthen carers as well as those with care needs, and to improve the quality of their lives. These include workers’ (carers’) cooperatives, users’ cooperatives (cooperatives of people with care needs), multistakeholder cooperatives and mothers’ centers, the communities of women with small children. We then introduce political movements struggling for the systemic transformation of reproductive work and care. We argue that the institutions of care should be owned and controlled by communities, while the state should continue to play a coordinating, funding and regulatory role in meeting needs and recognizing care work.

  • Issue Year: 2020
  • Issue No: 27
  • Page Range: 58-81
  • Page Count: 24
  • Language: Hungarian