The hub will explore how gendered inequalities underpin crises in care, with care referring to activities to meet human needs for food, shelter and nurturing, often embedded in routines of family life, while bound up with inequitable social relations, power and global capitalism’ (Rosen, 1990). Care crises arise from factors including low fertility, migration of middle generations, population ageing, public service retrenchment, insecurities in livelihoods and housing, and war. Meanwhile, reconfigurations of care through migration, marketization or technology rely on gendered, racial and classed inequalities.
This hub will examine gender-care interactions using an intersectional ethics of care as theory and methodology. The theory emphasises mutual human vulnerability shaped by gender, class, race, ethnicity, age, dis/ability and sexuality. The methodology pursues epistemological decolonization of care ethics and moral landscapes by incorporating diverse historical and cultural contexts (Boulton and Brannelly, 2015) and critically examining imperial and racial capitalist dynamics.
The Hub is the result of the teamwork of 35 members based in OSGA, in seven other departments in Oxford, overseas as well as practitioners in international organizations, NGOs, and business.
The Hub is funded by the John Fell Oxford University Press Research Fund.