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A Care Crisis in the Nordic Welfare States?

Care Work, Gender Equality and Welfare State Sustainability

Edited by Lise Lotte Hansen, Hanne Marlene Dahl and Laura Horn

Published

Nov 29, 2021

Page count

184 pages

Series

Transforming Care

ISBN

978-1447361343

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Nov 29, 2021

Page count

184 pages

Series

Transforming Care

ISBN

978-1447361367

Dimensions

Imprint

Policy Press
A Care Crisis in the Nordic Welfare States?

In this insightful collection, academic experts consider the impact of neoliberal policies and ideology on the status of care work in Nordic countries. With new research perspectives and empirical analyses, it assesses challenges for care work including technologies, management and policy-making.

Arguing that there is a care crisis even in the supposedly feminist Nordic ‘nirvana’, this book explores understandings of the care crisis, the serious consequences for gender equality and the hitherto neglected effects on the long-term sustainability of the Nordic welfare states.

This astute take on the Nordic welfare model provides insights into what the Nordic experience can tell us about wider international issues in care.

“Even in the Nordic states, a care crisis is brewing. The authors expose crisis points in health, elderly and child care and offer perspectives to alleviate these crises.” Joan Tronto, University of Minnesota

Lise Lotte Hansen is Associate Professor in the Department of Social Science and Business, and head of the Centre for Gender, Power and Diversity, both at Roskilde University. She works with social justice perspectives on labour market issues.

Hanne Marlene Dahl is Professor in the Department of Social Science and Business at Roskilde University. She works with the state and the governance of care in a context of the Nordic welfare state and care regimes from a feminist perspective.

Laura Horn is Associate Professor in the Department of Social Science and Business at Roskilde University. Her work is situated within critical political economy.

1 Introduction: A care crisis in the Nordic welfare states? - Hanne Marlene Dahl and Lise Lotte Hansen

2 The ‘care crisis’: its scientific framing and silences - Hanne Marlene Dahl

3 Fraser’s care crisis theory meets the Nordic welfare societies - Lise Lotte Hansen, Margunn Bjørnholt and Laura Horn

4 Crisis of care: a problem of economisation, of technologisation or of politics of care? - Anne Kovalainen

5 Deteriorating working conditions in elderly care: an invisible crisis of care? - Anneli Stranz

6 Managerialism as a failing response to the care crisis - Hanna-Kaisa Hoppania, Antero Olakivi, Minna Zechner and Lena Näre

7 ‘We are here for you’: care crisis and the (un)learning of good nursing - Carsten Juul Jensen and Steen Baagøe Nielsen

8 Professionalisation of social pedagogues under managerial control: caring for children in a time of care crisis - Steen Baagøe Nielsen

9 Raising quality in Norwegian early childhood centres: (re)producing the care crisis? - Birgitte Ljunggren

10 Conclusion: less caring and less gender- equal Nordic states - Lise Lotte Hansen and Hanne Marlene Dahl

11 Postscript: a care crisis in the time of COVID- 19 - Laura Horn, Carsten Juul Jensen and Birgitte Ljunggren