What kinds of care are being offered or withdrawn by the welfare state? What does this mean for the caring practices and interventions of local activists?
Shedding new light on austerity and neoliberal welfare reform in the UK, this book considers local action and activism within contexts of crisis, including the COVID-19 pandemic.
Presenting case studies of local action, from protesting cuts to children’s services, to local food provisioning and support for migrant women, this book makes visible often unseen practices of activism. It shows how the creativity and persistence of such local practices can be seen as enacting wider visions of how care should be provided by society.
Eleanor Jupp is Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Kent.
Introduction: Sticking Plasters and Cotton Wool
1. The Welfare State, the Place of Care and Austerity
2. Citizenship and Community in Times of Crisis
3. Journeys into and Through Local Activism Under Austerity
4. Austerity Politics and Infrastructures of Care: Children’s Centre Closures and Activism
5. Small Stories and Political Change: Local Activism Across Time and Space
6. Provisioning in Times of Crisis
7. Conclusions: A Politics of Everyday Life?