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The politics of care and transnational mobility

Bishop, Hywel 2012. The politics of care and transnational mobility. PhD Thesis, Cardiff University.
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This thesis explores the politics of care and transnational mobility – through a multi-sited ethnography of the everyday lives of a variety of migrant populations. Utilising a mixed-methodology it investigates the interconnections between care, mobility, labour and control. The care labour process is examined, particularly that of care homes for older people. It is seen that mobility controls shape the working and living conditions, employment relations and forms of exploitability experienced by differentially included migrants. As well as such dynamics the thesis also explores the strategies that emerge from within the workplace itself that migrants utilise in order to negotiate such conditions. Care is also examined from the vantage point of the lives of asylum applicants and their experiences of the asylum support regime that has emerged in recent years. Welfare and support services are argued to have increasingly come to be utilised as regulatory mechanisms. The numerous ways this occurs and the effects this has on such migrants are examined as is the dual function that NGOs have come to play within such processes as both providers of support and sustainability and agents of control. A further aspect of care concerns the self-organised networks of care that migrants create amongst themselves. The concept of the ‘mobile commons’ is developed to argue that both the transnational and local networks of care that migrants craft, as well as the caring relations afforded through institutions such as churches are key in enabling migrants to become mobile, negotiate their caring commitments and sustain themselves while in transit or in a given location. By thinking the relationship between care and migration from these interrelated perspectives the thesis aims to contribute to a reappraisal of existing forms of social movement organising and political mobilisation around the issue of mobility.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Funders: ESRC
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2018 21:20

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