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Anthropological Perspectives on Care


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1. Introduction; Heike Drotbohm and Erdmute Alber PART I: CARE AS WORK 2. The Gift of Care: On Filipina Domestic Workers and Transnational Cycles of Care; Claudia Liebelt 3. Renegotiating Child and Aged Care in the Context of Family Migration: Transnational Arrangements and Entangled Inequalities between Peru and Italy; Anna Skornia 4. Of Grooming Bodies and Caring Souls: New Old Forms of Care Work in Berlin's Brazilian Waxing Salons; Maria Lidola PART II: CARE AS KINSHIP 5. Shifting Care among Families, Social Networks and State Institutions in Times of Crisis. A transnational Cape Verdean Perspective; Heike Drotbohm 6. How Internationally Adoptive Parents Become Transnational Parents: 'Cultural' Orientation as Transnational Care; Jessaca Leinaweaver 7. Elder Care, Migration and Constructing the 'Self': Explorations from Rural Romania; Tatjana Thelen PART III: CARE AND THE LIFE COURSE 8. Intergenerational Entanglements: - Insights into Perceptions of Care for the Elderly and Life Courses in Northern Togo; Tabea Haberlein 9. The Temporality of Care: Gender, Migration, and the Entrainment of Life Courses; Cati Coe 10. Mothers on the Move: Mobility and Intensive Care Work among Cameroonian Migrants to Germany; Pamela Feldman-Savelsberg

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Cati Coe, Rutgers Universit, USA Pamela Feldman-Savelsberg, Carleton College, USA Tabea Haberlein, Bayreuth University, Germany Jessaca Leinaweaver, Brown University, USA Maria Lidola, Freie Universitat Berlin, Germany Claudia Liebelt, University of Bayreuth, Germany Anna Katharina Skornia, Freie Universitat Berlin, Germany Tatjana Thelen, University of Vienna, Austria


"This is an extremely important and timely volume that illuminates the very pressing and pertinent issue of 'care'. The book presents rich ethnographic examples, which the editors have astutely organised around themes of labour, kinship, gender, and generation. It is a watershed publication: consolidating relevant concepts and signposting future directions. A 'must read', not only for anthropologists but also for other social scientists and practitioners interested in the multidimensional aspects of care." - Jeanette Edwards, Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Manchester, UK, author of Born and Bred: Idioms of Kinship and New Reproductive Technologies in England (2000)

"As the study of care becomes a more important academic pursuit, it is essential that everyone interested in the topic recognize how diverse concrete care practices are. This welcome volume brings compelling accounts by anthropologists that will be useful to everyone who is reflecting on the nature of care." - Joan C. Tronto, Professor, University of Minnesota, USA, and author of Moral Boundaries: A Political Argument for an Ethic of Care (1993) and Caring Democracy: Markets, Equality and Justice (2013)

"A critical intervention in the study of care by making rigorous analytic distinctions between care in the field of work, kinship, and across the life-course. By bringing them into one conversation, Anthropological Perspectives on Care provides much needed conceptual clarity to a term that has been used in incommensurable ways. This achievement, together with their transnational focus, re-centers care as a concept of contemporary global political importance." - Miriam Ticktin, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Co-Director of the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility, The New School for Social Research, USA, and author of Casualties of Care: Immigration and the Politics of Humanitarianism in France (2011)

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