Home and care are central aspects of everyday, personal lives, yet they are also shaped by political and economic change. Within a context of austerity, economic restructuring, worsening inequality and resource rationing, the policies and experiences around these key areas are shifting. Taking an interdisciplinary and feminist perspective, this book illustrates how economic and political changes affect everyday lives for many families and households in the UK. Setting out both new empirical material and new conceptual terrain, the authors draw on approaches from human geography, social policy, and feminist and political theory to explore issues of home and care in times of crisis.
“Raising the political agenda, these multidisciplinary authors come together to give a timely reminder of home as a place of care that is situated, intergenerational and essentially both private and public. An insightful book that needs to be read.” Sheila Peace, The Open University
“This groundbreaking volume examines ways in which a focus on home can illuminate austerity governance and its impact, shifts in the economies of care, and the spatial materialities of gendered lives.” Janet Newman, The Open University
Eleanor Jupp is Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Kent. Her research combines human geography and social policy concerns, with particular interests in policy interventions in disadvantaged neighbourhoods, and questions of community, care and emotions.
Sophie Bowlby is a feminist social geographer whose research focuses on access, care, friendship and experiences of bereavement. Whilst retired, she continues research as a Visiting Fellow at Reading University and Visiting Professor at Loughborough University.
Jane Franklin is a political sociologist with an interest in feminism, social theory and politics. She has worked in academic and policy settings and is currently writing a book on women, politics and home.
Sarah Marie Hall is Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Manchester, UK. Working across feminist, social and economic geography, her research explores how lived experience and social difference shape socio-economic inequalities.
Introduction: the new politics of home ~ Eleanor Jupp, Sophie Bowlby, Jane Franklin and Sarah Marie Hall;
Home economics: home and care in neoliberal policy ~ Jane Franklin;
Caring in Domestic Spaces: inequalities and housing ~ Sophie Bowlby;
Relational biographies in times of austerity: family, home and care ~ Sarah Marie Hall;
Spaces of Care Beyond the Home: austerity and children’s services ~ Eleanor Jupp;
Conclusion: Opening up the Politics of the Home ~ Eleanor Jupp, Sophie Bowlby, Jane Franklin and Sarah Marie Hall.