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Racialised Workers and European Older-Age Care

From Care Labour to Care Ethics

Palgrave Macmillan

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  • Provides a gendered political economy analysis of migrant and minority ethnic care workers’ experiences in older-age care in three European capital cities

  • Draws on philosophical and feminist writings on an ethics of care

  • Offers new insights into the field of paid care work

Part of the book series: Thinking Gender in Transnational Times (THINKGEN)

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Table of contents (11 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Entering the Older-Age Care Sector

    • Nina Sahraoui
    Pages 65-94
  3. Precarious Care Jobs in Neoliberal Times

    • Nina Sahraoui
    Pages 95-132
  4. Lived Precariousness Through Body and Mind

    • Nina Sahraoui
    Pages 133-169
  5. Racism, the Industry’s Blind Spot

    • Nina Sahraoui
    Pages 171-205
  6. Social Reproduction and Care Ethics

    • Nina Sahraoui
    Pages 229-247
  7. Conclusion

    • Nina Sahraoui
    Pages 249-255
  8. Back Matter

    Pages 257-277

About this book

In the context of ageing populations, increasing participation of women in the labour market, growing marketisation of care provision, and, most importantly, global inequalities, racialised care workers have come to fulfil a key role within older-age care in western European societies. This book presents a gendered political economy of migrant and minority ethnic care workers’ experiences in older-age care in London, Paris and Madrid. Its cross-national comparative approach allows for a differentiated analysis of the workings of migration, employment and care regimes in three capital cities, with similarly segmented care sectors, yet diverse policies and implications for care workers. Sahraoui provides a novel perspective that advances debates on the ethics of care by foregrounding the voices of racialised care workers and contributing to feminist moral philosophy. Racialised Workers and European Older-Age Care offers unique insights into the meanings of care labour and the challenges arising from processes of neoliberal marketisation, precarisation and institutional racism. The book sketches out an intersectional understanding of the exploitative relationships on which care and social reproduction currently rely and demonstrates why it matters to move care from the margins of society to its centre.

This innovative and compelling analysis will appeal to students and scholars of Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science and Social Policy, as well as those working in the interdisciplinary sub-fields of Gender, Migration, Labour, and Racism Studies.

Keywords

  • Ethics of Care
  • care labour
  • social reproduction
  • transnational political economy of care
  • feminism
  • moral philosophy
  • precariousness
  • racialised labour market
  • emotional labour
  • racism
  • care sector
  • feminist ethics
  • discrimination
  • Older-age care
  • Migration
  • reproductive labour
  • care work

Reviews

“Sahraoui’s wonderfully illuminating, analytically profound and sensitive study … provides a hugely significant and original contribution to our understanding of the personal, political and policy dynamics of gendered and racialised care work in post-colonial and neo-liberalised Europe.” (Fiona Williams, University of Leeds, UK)

“A much-needed contribution to scholarship on the transnational political economy of care work, which redefines how we understand both the gendered and racialised positioning of migrant workers and the nature of care itself.” (Irene Gedalof, School of Oriental and African Studies, UK)

“This book is a remarkable analysis of racialised care workers in Europe … . A wonderful and brilliant comparative work.” (Catherine Wihtol de Wenden, Sciences Po Paris, France)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Firenze, Italy

    Nina Sahraoui

About the author

Nina Sahraoui is Research Associate at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Italy.


Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Racialised Workers and European Older-Age Care

  • Book Subtitle: From Care Labour to Care Ethics

  • Authors: Nina Sahraoui

  • Series Title: Thinking Gender in Transnational Times

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-14397-8

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-14396-1

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-14399-2

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-14397-8

  • Series ISSN: 2947-4361

  • Series E-ISSN: 2947-437X

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXIV, 277

  • Number of Illustrations: 2 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Gender Studies, Human Migration, Sociology of Work

Buying options

eBook
USD 44.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-14397-8
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book
USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book
USD 84.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)