Emma Dowling (2022) The Care Crisis: What Caused It and How Can We End It? London: Verso, paperback 288pp, ISBN 9781786630353 £9.99

  • Eilidh Lamb

Abstract


University of Vienna professor of sociology Emma Dowling presents a cogent exploration of how austerity measures and the privatisation of social welfare and health
services in the UK have resulted in a lack of suitable options for those in need. She notes that women are more likely than men to lose income as a result of caring for
children; that people of colour are disproportionately harmed by government cuts in spending on social care; and that migrants make up a significant proportion of care workers and are often paid below the minimum wage. Since the 1990s, Dowling explains, local authorities have been encouraged to contract out care services to private providers, supposedly with the goal of offering more personalised care. Corporate takeovers, however, have resulted in a focus on shareholder profits rather
than effective provision. Her proposed solutions include reducing privatisation, “publicly funding new and innovative models for care,” and improving working
conditions for health-care employees. Blending sociological research and in-depth interviews, Dowling touches on many issues faced by both the recipients of care and the providers of care in the UK and the US, presenting a lucid and alarming picture of how political decisions have place obstacles in the way of progress towards better care. Readers on both sides of the Atlantic will appreciate this passionate and persuasive call for reform.

Author Biography

Eilidh Lamb

Eilidh Lamb, Associate Tutor, University of Glasgow

Published
12-Aug-2022
How to Cite
Lamb, E. (2022) “Emma Dowling (2022) The Care Crisis: What Caused It and How Can We End It? London: Verso, paperback 288pp, ISBN 9781786630353 £9.99”, Concept, 13(2), pp. 1-2. Available at: http://concept.lib.ed.ac.uk/article/view/7358 (Accessed: 23May2024).