Care and Care Workers
A Latin American Perspective
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Latin America is a social space where professional care has expanded dramatically over the past twenty years. However, unlike Japan, USA and European countries, such expansion took place in a context of heterogeneous and poorly structured markets, in societies which stand out for its reliance on domestic workers to provide care work in the household as paid workers, in both formal and informal arrangements.
CareandCareWorkers: A Latin American Perspective will be a useful tool for sociologists, anthropologists, social workers, gerontologists and other social scientists dedicated to the study of the growing demand for care services worldwide, as well as to decision makers dealing with public policies related to care services.
"Society cannot function without the unpaid (and poorly and informally paid) work of caregivers. Having the data - and this book presents this data - allows public policy to be based on the realities rather than on the prejudices, habits, or structural injustices of a previous time about gender roles, class, ethnicity, race, migrant status. (...) This volume not only presents the data, then, but also shows how some countries have begun to innovate to provide solutions to the problem that some people are overburdened by care while others do little of it. (...) Scholars and activists in Latin American countries lead the way in showing both how resistance remains and how to innovate. So the rest of the world has much to learn from this volume." - Excerpt from the Foreword by Professor Joan C. Tronto
2. The Care Deficit in Latin America: structure, trends and policy approaches
3. The Matrix of Social Inequality, Integrated Social Protection Systems, and Care in Latin America
4. The Centrality of Women's Work and the Sexual and International Division of Care Labor: Brazil, France, Japan
5. Reimagining Care and Care Work
6. Care Amongst Ourselves: self-care as a therapeutic and political experience
7. Care, Aesthetic Creation, and Anti-Racist Reparations
8. The circuits of care. Reflections from the Brazilian case
9. Gender and Care in Uruguay: Ground Covered and Challenges to Current Policies
10. Social Organization of Care in Chile
11. Migrations and remunerated eldercare in the city of Buenos Aires. A subjective perspective
12. Care Work: professionalization and valuation of nurses and nursing assistants in health and old age in Colombia
13. Dialogues between (feminist) studies of care and (critical) disability studies to rethink emerging activisms
Helena Hirata, sociologist, is research director emerita at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), having acted for more than ten years (1992-2005) as head of the CNRS research unit on Gender, Labor and Mobility at the Center for Sociological and Political Research in Paris (CRESPPA-GTM). Dr. Hirata is also international visiting professor at the Sociology Department, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, board member of the international network MAGE (Gender and labour market) and member of the editorial board of Cahiers du Genre. She received her Ph.D. at the Universite de Paris 8-Vincennes (1979) and her Habilitation a Diriger des Recherches (HDR) at the Universite de Versailles-Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (1997). She was member of the scientific committee of the mission "The place of women at CNRS" (2009-2010) and conducted research projects to French and Brazilian labor unions, ILO, French and Brazilian enterprises about equality issues and women at work. She has been carrying on research on work and sexual division of work; unemployment, actors and institutions; gender and globalization; epistemology of work and gender; theories and practices of care in a comparative perspective. Main publications: Dictionnaire critique du feminisme (ed.) with F. Laborie, H. Le Doare and D. Senotier, Paris, PUF, 2000; 2nd ed. Paris, PUF, 2004 (translated into Japanese,2002; Spanish 2002; Turkish, 2008; Portuguese, 2009; Bulgarian, 2010; Persian, 2014); Travail et Genre: Regard Croises France, Europe, Ameriquelatine. (dir) with M.R. Lombardi and M. Maruani, Paris, La Decouverte, 2008 (translated into Portuguese, RJ, ed. FGV, 2008); Le sexe de la mondialisation. (ed.) with B. Labari, J. Falquet, N. Le Feuvre, D. Kergoat, F. Sow, M. Spensky, Paris, Presses de SciencesPo, 2010; Genero e trabalho no Brasil e na Franca: Perspectivas interseccionais. (ed.) with A. R. de P. Abreu and M.R. Lombardi, Sao Paulo, Boitempo, 2016; Le travail entre public, prive et intime. Comparaisons et enjeuxinternationaux du care, with Damamme, A., Molinier, P. (orgs.) Paris, L'Harmattan, Series "LogiquesSociales", 2017.