Care work, both paid and unpaid, contributes to well-being, social development and economic growth. But the costs of providing care are unequally borne across gender and social class. Feminist scholarship on the gendered construction of welfare provisioning and welfare regimes has produced a conceptually strong and empirically grounded analysis of care, reinforcing the necessity of rethinking the distinctions between "the public" and "the private" as well as the links between them. Yet this analysis, premised on post-industrial contexts, does not travel easily to other parts of the world. Many of its core assumptions – about family structures, labor markets, state capacities, and public social provisioning – do not hold for a wider range of countries. Drawing on original research on the care economy in three developing regions (Africa, Asia, Latin America), this volume addresses a major empirical lacuna while facilitating a conversation across the North-South divide.

chapter |25 pages


Global Variations in the Political and Social Economy of Care—Worlds Apart?
ByShahra Razavi, Silke Staab

part |14 pages

Care's Place Re-Imagined

chapter |12 pages

Democratic Care Politics in an Age of Limits

ByJoan Tronto

part |60 pages

Shaping the Policy Agenda

chapter |18 pages

Advanced Economy, Modern Welfare State and Traditional Care Regimes

The Case of Switzerland
ByMadörin Mascha, Schnegg Brigitte, Baghdadi Nadia

chapter |19 pages

The Struggle Against Familialism

Reconfiguring the Care Diamond in Japan
ByEmiko Ochiai, Aya Abe, Takafumi Uzuhashi, Tamiya Yuko, Shikata Masato

chapter |21 pages

The Boss, the Worker, His Wife and No Babies

South Korean Political and Social Economy of Care in a Context of Institutional Rigidities
ByIto Peng

part |97 pages

Different Worlds?

chapter |19 pages

Beyond Maternalism?

The Political and Social Organization of Childcare in Argentina
ByValeria Esquivel, Eleonor Faur

chapter |19 pages

The Limits of Family and Community Care

Challenges for Public Policy in Nicaragua
ByMartinez-Franzoni Juliana, Voorend Koen

chapter |19 pages

Care in South Africa

A Legacy of Family Disruption *
ByDebbie Budlender, Francie Lund

chapter |16 pages

Unpaid and Overstretched

Coping with HIV&AIDS in Tanzania
ByDebbie Budlender, Ruth Meena

chapter |22 pages

Between the State, Market and Family

Structures, Policies and Practices of Care in India 1
ByRajni Palriwala, N. Neetha

part |39 pages

The Politics of Care “Going Public”

chapter |18 pages

Claims and Frames in the Making of Care Policies

ByWilliams Fiona

chapter |19 pages

Harmonizing Global Care Policy?

Care and the Commission on the Status of Women 1
ByKate Bedford

part |18 pages

Global Care Chains

chapter |18 pages

The Globalization of Paid Care Labour Migration

Dynamics, Impacts and Policy Issues
ByNicola Yeates