Neoliberal austerity and the marketisation of elderly care

Street protest against the exploitation of care workers

This paper analyzes a new market of 24 hour home care for elderly people where private agencies hire migrant women from Eastern European countries and sell packaged services to the elderly in Switzerland.

These new agencies shape the working conditions of live-in migrant care workers and the definition of care itself as a marketable good. The paper illustrates how the transformation of the home into a new space of commercialized care relies on the production and economic valorization of social and mobility differentials.

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Schwiter Karin, Berndt Christian und Truong Jasmine (2015)

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