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The Care Crisis by Emma Dowling

The Care Crisis

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The Care Crisis by Emma Dowling
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Jan 26, 2021 | ISBN 9781786630346

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“Emma Dowling brilliantly combines theory, statistics and on-the-ground experience to argue that contemporary British culture is using inadequate and destructive capitalist ‘care fixes’ to solve its social problems—social problems which have themselves emerged from the systematic erosion of our socialised care infrastructures. It is a lucid and eye-opening account which will be extremely useful for lay readers, policymakers, academics and activists.”
—Jo Littler, co-author of The Care Manifesto

“An absolutely brilliant if devastating analysis of our current care crisis and the grotesquely inadequate ‘care fixes’ presently on offer. In precise and accessible language, Emma Dowling expertly details the economic and political forces that have converged to produce such an uncaring state. This book is an urgent clarion call for a radically transformed society, where care not profit is placed front and center and where human thriving is prioritized. An essential read for everyone committed to envisioning a better, more caring future.”
—Catherine Rottenberg, author of The Rise of Neoliberal Feminism

“A compelling tour de force of the ways our lives are underpinned by radical inequalities in care and caring: from care as wealth extraction to commodified cuddling. This is a highly readable book about how our whole economy is organised, how we are all drawn into fixing widespread system failure, yet only manage to displace problems even further.”
—Beverley Skeggs, Distinguished Professor, Centre for Alternatives to Social Inequality

“Dowling presents an astute insight on what our capitalist economy looks like from the perspective of care, brilliantly piecing together the many facets of the current crisis. Emma Dowling reveals what happens when a society’s capacities for care are eroded, and issues an electrifying warning against false solutions.”
—Paul Mason, author of Postcapitalism

“Lays bare the current crisis in care and the wages of austerity, Emma Dowling’s work shows us just how far we still have to go. A brave call to arms.”
—Danny Dorling, author of Inequality and the 1%

“This book provides a compelling and compassionate analysis of the care deficits engulfing the United Kingdom—and the global economy in general—even before the Covid-19 pandemic. Emma Dowling’s detailed critique of the financialization of adult social care deserves attention from activists and policymakers around the world.”
—Nancy Folbre, author of The Invisible Heart

The Care Crisis is unique in threading together the many different sites across society where paid and unpaid caring takes place. The book demonstrates how a long-standing subjugation of caring bodies and feelings is entering a new phase. With a focus on the UK context and with relevance to debates beyond it, Emma Dowling offers a powerful analysis of the politics and economics of care, making evident the urgent need to transform the material conditions of our lives.”
—Silvia Federici, author of Caliban and the Witch

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