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Global care chains: a state-of-the-art review and future directions in care transnationalization research

Yeates, Nicola (2012). Global care chains: a state-of-the-art review and future directions in care transnationalization research. Global Networks, 12(2) pp. 135–154.

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This article provides a state-of-the art review and sympathetic critique of global care chain (GCC) analysis, focusing on its contributions to a sustained research agenda on care transnationalization. GCC analysis has opened up theoretical perspectives and discursive spaces for the flourishing of sophisticated understandings of globalization processes. Rooted in global network methodology and cognizant of the grounded, textured and embodied nature of care transnationalization, GCC analysis has significantly contributed to better understandings of the socio-spatial dimensions of diverse forms of care provision worldwide and the identification of transnational political and policy responses. This research agenda is far from exhausted and future research needs to address the following critiques and the conceptual and theoretical issues to which they give rise: first, that GCC research may reinforce care work as women’s work; second, that it privileges aspects of care transnationalization over others; and, third, that GCC analysis renaturalizes the nation-state. The discussion outlines the implications of these issues for future directions in care transnationalization research.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2012 The Author(s)
ISSN: 1471-0374
Extra Information: Special Issue: Transnational mobilities for care: rethinking the dynamics of care in Asia, guest edited by Shirlena Huang, Leng Leng Thang and Mika Toyota
Keywords: global care chains; care work; migration; network methodology; global networks; care transnationalization
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Item ID: 33468
Depositing User: Nicola Yeates
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2012 12:21
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2017 11:12
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