Who cares? Migrant workers in the transnational care economy
Fiona Williams OBE, is Professor in the Social Policy Research Centre at UNSW and Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at the University of Leeds. She has written widely on gender and 'race' in social policy, and is concerned with how to develop a political ethic of care. Publications include The Making and Claiming of Care Policies: the Recognition and Redistribution of Care (UNRISD, 2010) and Gendering Citizenship in Western Europe with Ruth Lister et al (2007). Fiona is co-editor of Social Politics. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts and a member of the Academy of Learned Societies in the social sciences.
Increasingly the richer world has become dependent on migrant women workers from the poorer regions to do their care and domestic work. As developed countries face a 'care crunch' with an ageing population, more women in paid employment and a squeeze on public expenditure, they are turning, by design or by default, to this as a solution. What are the dynamics behind these international 'care chains' and 'care drains'?
Drawing from her research Fiona will explain personal and political consequences of this phenomenon. She will argue that it poses a major challenge for global justice.
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