neoliberalization; labor; market; Switzerland; care; Pflege; Markt; Migration; Schweiz; Arbeit; Neoliberalisierung
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Pelzelmayer Katharina (2017), Care, Pay, Love: Commodification and the Spaces of Live-In Care, in Social & Cultural Geography
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Pelzelmayer Katharina (2017), Allzeit bereit: 24-Stunden pro Tag, sieben Tage die Woche betreut
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Pelzelmayer Katharina (2017), Bodies That Work, Discourses That Care. Powerful Narratives of Elder Care on the Move
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Pelzelmayer Katharina (2016), Places of difference: narratives of heart-felt warmth, ethnicisation, and female care-migrants in Swiss live-in care, in Gender, Place & Culture: A Journal in Feminist Geography
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Pelzelmayer Katharina, Caring, working, moving bodies: Subjektivierung und Körper in der Schweizer 24-Stunden-Betreuung, in Aceti Monica, Tissot Laurent, Jaccoud Christophe (ed.), Editions Alphil, Neuchâtel, 145-167.
Pelzelmayer Katharina, Dissertation Précis: Bodies That Work, Discourses That Care. Powerful Narratives of Elder Care on the Move, in Gender, Place & Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography
The provision of care for the elderly has moved to the forefront of policy agendas and public discussions in the Global North. In Switzerland, one million people out of a total population of eight million will be above the age 80 by the year 2060. Demographic aging and changing gender relations have led to a shortage of care labor, which is expected to become more acute in the coming years. Concurrently, neoliberal restructurings of the public provision of care have contributed to an increasing commercialization of care services. To a growing extent, private households buy care services in a privatized care market. Today, an estimated 30’000 care workers look after elderly people in Swiss households. Most of them are migrant women from Eastern European countries such as Poland and Hungary. The immigration of these care workers is fostered by the free movement of workers agreement, which allows EU citizens to take residence and work in Switzerland.The commercialization of home care has been accompanied by the emergence of private care agencies as key drivers of marketization. As intermediaries, these agencies hire care workers and sell packaged care services to the elderly and their families. They play a key role in shaping commercialized care markets, the working conditions of home care workers, and the definition of care itself as a marketable good.This study analyzes the strategies and practices of these care agencies in order to understand the consequences of the current reconfiguration of elderly care for states, households, families, care workers and care recipients. Furthermore, this project compares the Swiss home care market to the commercialized care markets in Germany, Austria, Canada and the UK, where agencies have operated for a longer period of time. By taking the role of these intermediaries in the care market seriously, the project will shed light on an emergent phenomenon in the Swiss care market which has so far received insufficient attention from researchers.Methodologically, the study works with a “geographies of marketization” perspective. The “marketization” framework focuses on the necessary construction work that makes actually existing markets possible and stabilizes them as social entities. Based on document analyses and interviews with agencies and other key agents in the care markets, the project will shed light on the specific constellations of people and things that shape products, prices, procedures, places of exchange and mechanisms of operation and control in the market for commercialized care. With its processual understanding of markets the approach is particularly helpful with a view to newly emergent markets such as the one at the heart of this research project. The analysis ties into the current debate among government officials, unions, migrant organizations, organizations for the elderly, health care experts and home care agencies regarding further regulation of home care work in Switzerland. In order to decide whether, and to what extent, the Swiss government should regulate the newly emerging market for live-in care work and the commercial care agencies operating within it, policy makers need in-depth information on how this care market and the agencies operate both in Switzerland and in other geographical contexts.