The Care Crisis
The Care Crisis reveals a system that places profits before people and shows that privatisation has been key to producing a state of disarray.
Every one of us will need care at some point in life: social care, healthcare, childcare, eldercare. In the shadow of COVID-19, care has become the most urgent topic of our times.
But our care systems are in crisis.
Concern for the most vulnerable has been overtaken by an obsession with profits and productivity. How did we end up here? In an era of economic turmoil, lower birth rates and increased life expectancy mean a larger proportion of the population than ever before is of retirement age. As a result, more people need care, and their numbers are rising. Yet, despite the demand, public services continue to be cut and sold off. Those most in need are left to fend for themselves.
In this groundbreaking book, Emma Dowling charts the multifaceted nature of the care crisis. Telling the stories of those on the frontlines through conversations with paid and unpaid carers, doctors, social workers, parents, and eldercare workers, she exposes the devastating impact of financialisation and austerity.
The Care Crisis reveals a system that places profits before people and shows that privatisation has been key to producing a state of disarray. Dowling maps the new economy of abandonment, raising the unavoidable question: how do we end the crisis?
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