Local loops of care in the metropolitan region of Helsinki : A time-economy perspective

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Näre , L M & Wide , H E 2019 , ' Local loops of care in the metropolitan region of Helsinki : A time-economy perspective ' , Journal of European Social Policy , vol. 29 , no. 5 , pp. 600-613 . https://doi.org/10.1177/0958928719867788

Title: Local loops of care in the metropolitan region of Helsinki : A time-economy perspective
Author: Näre, Lena Margareta; Wide, Helena Elisabeth
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Sociology
University of Helsinki, Sociology
Date: 2019-12-01
Language: eng
Number of pages: 14
Belongs to series: Journal of European Social Policy
ISSN: 0958-9287
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/308063
Abstract: Finland subsidizes caring for young children at home by several cash-for-care schemes. In 2001, it adopted a tax credit for domestic services, including care. This article adopts an everyday perspective to social policies to analyse how Finnish cash-for-care policies produce local care loops using a time-economy approach. It examines the increase in private services alongside public ones through an analysis of the organization of childcare in time and space, paying attention to the micro-mobilities and daily choreographies of care. Drawing on interviews with Finnish employers of privately employed childcarers, our results demonstrate that childcare policies and tax credits are central means through which childcare is increasingly being privatized. We argue that the notion of time as a scarce resource and the organization of care loops in a way that maximizes time available for wage labour and ‘quality time’ point towards the emergence of a classed time discipline. Time becomes a commodity with not only monetary value but also another inherent value, captured in the notion of ‘quality time with children’. Significantly, this quality time does not include time used for other reproductive labour tasks, such as cleaning or cooking.
Subject: 5141 Sociology
cash-for-care
childcare
domestic service
Finland
private childcare services
tax credit
time economy
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