Going global: the transnationalization of care

Yeates, Nicola (2011). Going global: the transnationalization of care. Development and Change, 42(4) pp. 1109–1130.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-7660.2011.01718.x

Abstract

This article critically examines the contours of care transnationalization as an ongoing social process and a field of enquiry. Care transnationalization scholarship combines structural understandings of global power relations with an emphasis on social interactions between defined actors in ways that keep sight of human agency, material welfare and wider social development. It has, however, tended to privilege particular forms, dynamics and sites of care transnationalization over others. The body of research on care labour migration, which is otherwise the most developed literature on care transnationalization to date, contains a number of biases and omissions in its coverage of border-spanning relations and their mediation across country contexts. At the same time, other significant forms of care transnationalization, such as those involving consumer-based care migration, corporate restructuring and the formation of care policy, have suffered from comparative neglect. Working towards an integrated agenda that addresses these diverse expressions of care transnationalization and how they ‘touch down’ in a range of sectoral, social and country contexts is of the first importance to policy research agendas directed at understanding the wider development impacts of processes of global social and economic restructuring.

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