Rethinking Global Care Chains through the Perspective of Heterogeneous States, Discursive Framings and Multi-Level Governance

Rethinking Global Care Chains through the Perspective of Heterogeneous States, Discursive Framings and Multi-Level Governance

GRS’ Associate Professor Marlene Spanger has co-written an article on Global Care Chains (GCC’s) published in the Nordic Journal of Migration Research as a contribution to the understanding of GCC’s. Spanger’s article investigates the role of the state in shaping GCC’s by combining feminist theory, discursive policy analysis and multi-level governance theories.

The article focuses on the framing of policy problems that are important for care chains and on potential tensions between different framings within a state and across the different state levels, arguing that these framings should be investigated in both receiving and sending states.

GCC is a network concept, which provides a more sophisticated understanding of how globalising processes are embodied and commercialised in emotional and social links between people across national borders. By reviewing the role of the state as heterogeneous, it emphasises the state’s changeable and differentiated nature and not just as a backdrop or context for analysing policies. The article offers a tentative, analytical framework for understanding the role of the heterogeneous state in GCC as the state is not ‘responding to crisis out there’, but instead engage in in their construction under the influences of transnational discourses.

The article asks the question: “How can discursive framings of policy problems and tensions within the state and across the levels of the state contribute to an understanding of global care chains?”
 

Read the full article here

 

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