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Geographies of care work: the commodification of care, digital care futures and alternative caring visions


Schwiter, Karin; Steiner, Jennifer (2020). Geographies of care work: the commodification of care, digital care futures and alternative caring visions. Geography Compass, 14(12):e12546.

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This article explores the growing interest in care within geography. Focusing on care as waged work, we trace current transformations through commodification and digitalisation. We discuss how the private household is turning into a precarious and feminised workplace for a growing number of workers, and we show how this development is promoted by the rise of labour agencies that facilitate the transnational recruitment of care workers. The literature on global care chains illustrates how the recruitment of migrant workers fills care deficits in destination countries while opening up care gaps in sending countries. We review this literature from economic geography and beyond and reflect on the continuing feminisation and devaluation of care labour. Based on these critical insights, we examine how processes of digitalisation contribute to reshaping care work. We discuss the ambivalent effects of digital technologies on care and argue that there is an urgent need to intensify our engagement with the processes and effects of digital transformations. In our conclusions, we call for strengthening the budding debate on alternative visions of caring within geography and point to avenues for future engagement.

Abstract

This article explores the growing interest in care within geography. Focusing on care as waged work, we trace current transformations through commodification and digitalisation. We discuss how the private household is turning into a precarious and feminised workplace for a growing number of workers, and we show how this development is promoted by the rise of labour agencies that facilitate the transnational recruitment of care workers. The literature on global care chains illustrates how the recruitment of migrant workers fills care deficits in destination countries while opening up care gaps in sending countries. We review this literature from economic geography and beyond and reflect on the continuing feminisation and devaluation of care labour. Based on these critical insights, we examine how processes of digitalisation contribute to reshaping care work. We discuss the ambivalent effects of digital technologies on care and argue that there is an urgent need to intensify our engagement with the processes and effects of digital transformations. In our conclusions, we call for strengthening the budding debate on alternative visions of caring within geography and point to avenues for future engagement.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
Dewey Decimal Classification:910 Geography & travel
Scopus Subject Areas:Physical Sciences > Water Science and Technology
Social Sciences & Humanities > General Social Sciences
Physical Sciences > Earth-Surface Processes
Physical Sciences > Computers in Earth Sciences
Physical Sciences > Atmospheric Science
Uncontrolled Keywords:Computers in Earth Sciences, Earth-Surface Processes, Atmospheric Science, General Social Sciences, Water Science and Technology
Language:English
Date:1 December 2020
Deposited On:22 Sep 2020 15:16
Last Modified:23 Jun 2024 01:42
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
ISSN:1749-8198
Additional Information:This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Schwiter, Karin; Steiner, Jennifer (2020). Geographies of care work: the commodification of care, digital care futures and alternative caring visions. Geography Compass, 14(12):e12546, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/gec3.12546. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions. (http://www.wileyauthors.com/self-archiving)
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1111/gec3.12546
Project Information:
  • : FunderSNSF
  • : Grant ID10001AE-170353
  • : Project TitleGute Sorgearbeit? Transnationale Home Care Arrangements