The provision of care and support for disabled people, older people, and others, has been severely impacted by a decade of austerity (Power and Hall, 2017). Local authority facilities and support have been scaled back or closed, and budgets and welfare benefits reduced. Voluntary organisations and families have had to pick up the pieces and seek to stitch together patchworks of care and support.
In the midst of these troubling times, there are, however, some signs of hope (Power et al., 2018). In local communities, advocacy groups, voluntary organisations, families, and peer networks, people are beginning to build new, innovative, positive forms of care and support, albeit in challenging circumstances.
This session invites papers to discuss and debate the existence and potential of such innovations, and the very real challenges of sustainability, institutional and regulatory constraints, and local social and economic resources. Where are the new initiatives emerging, and where are there gaps? How are they being developed, and who are the individuals and organisations involved? What role are those requiring support playing in the initiatives? Is there evidence of co-production, empowerment and learning? How can these emergent practices and organisations care for and support people, and what are they not able to do? Are they producing new spatial arrangements, forms and relations, and broader geographies, of care and support? Are they challenging dominant conceptualisations of care and caring? Is a new ethics of care emergent? How can such hopeful signs help us to ‘trouble’ often negative representations of care and support, and challenge the ongoing withdrawal of state responsibility for care?
Papers are welcomed from researchers who work with diverse groups of people who typically draw on care and support within the post-welfare era, and who are involved in new initiatives, including: disabled people, older people, those with chronic illness or mental health conditions, first-time parents, carers, homeless people and long-term unemployed.
Ed Hall (University of Dundee); Melanie Nind (University of Southampton); Andrew Power (University of Southampton)
Please email abstracts (250 words max) to Ed Hall (email@example.com) by February 8th 2019.