What is care and how do we investigate it? This panel starts with the assumption that care is more than the performance of tasks, more than an expression of concern, more than duty, an ethic or a labour of love. Care involves distinct ways of being and relating to others. It involves its own specific styles of knowing and judging. It requires particular forms of institutional and social organization. Yet care also marks off contested terrain. Care is shaped by – and in turn shapes – inequities in power, divisions of labour, affective relations and discursive constructions. Care is deeply implicated in the social relations of gender, race, class, sexuality, age and ability. Caring @ the Edge calls us to delve into the tensions and limits of care. It raises challenging questions around policy priorities and the increasingly unequal distribution of wealth and human resources. Can a sociology of care contribute to a way forward? We invite papers that advance our understanding of care as a social process and as a politics, that probe tensions, and/or strive to produce knowledge in support of a more caring society.
This session is cross listed with the Society for Socialist Studies.
This session has been divided into two sub-sessions.
What Counts as Care? Defining the Terrain
Session Code: PJM6 – A
Session Chair: Susan Braedley, Carleton University
Care Workers: Identities, Culture, Meaning
Session Code: PJM6-B
Session Chair: Albert Banerjee, York University