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The Politics of Ailment

A New Approach to Care

By Minna Zechner, Lena Näre, Olli Karsio, Antero Olakivi, Liina Sointu, Hanna-Kaisa Hoppania and Tiina Vaittinen

Published

Dec 1, 2021

Page count

160 pages

ISBN

978-1447343479

Dimensions

203 x 127 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Dec 1, 2021

Page count

160 pages

ISBN

978-1447343493

Dimensions

Imprint

Policy Press
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    The Politics of Ailment

    Deficiencies in old age care are some of the most pressing human rights concerns in mature welfare states.

    This book radically challenges the ethics of viewing care as a tradeable commodity and introduces a novel framework for understanding and analysing social care through the concept of ailment. Providing examples from the British and Finnish welfare states, it demonstrates how ailment shapes societies from the micro to the macro level. Addressing the marketisation and financialisation of care, the authors bring to light increasing inequalities in care.

    This book argues that ailment is part of human life and society, and therefore the politics of care should begin with a politics of ailment.

    Viva Collective is a collective of social policy researchers, sociologists and political theorists passionate about developing novel understandings of care and inequality. The collective was established in 2013 and is based in Finnish universities and research institutes.

    Minna Zechner is Associate Professor at the University of Lapland.

    Lena Näre is Associate Professor at the University of Helsinki.

    Olli Karsio is a university instructor at Tampere University.

    Antero Olakivi is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki, Centre of Excellence in Research on Ageing and Care.

    Liina Sointu is a university lecturer at Tampere University.

    Hanna-Kaisa Hoppania is a researcher at Age Institute.

    Tiina Vaittinen is Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Global Health and Social Policy at Tampere University.

    Introduction: What is ailment?

    Part One: Social policies seen through the lens of ailment

    Responding to ailment through sanctions

    From sanctions to ensuring working force

    Social rights: From the ailment of the state to social citizenship

    From social citizenship to profit making in public services

    Conclusion

    Part Two: Silencing ailing bodies/human ailment through marketisation and financialisation of care

    Marketisation of care

    Financialisation of care

    Marketisation and financialisation of ailment or care, or both?

    Towards a political economy of ailment

    Part Three: Work and ailment

    Ailment and informal care: invisible, gendered yet impacting social policies

    Globalisation of ailment

    Intersectionality and ailing bodies

    Conclusion: Towards a logic of ailment