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Title: Care as sustainability in times of crisis: between welfare-state and interpersonal relationships in Portugal
Authors: Lima, A. P.
Keywords: Care
Moral economy
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: CRIA
Citation: Lima, A. P. (2014). Care as sustainability in times of crisis: between welfare-state and interpersonal relationships in Portugal. Working Papers CRIA. 1-8
Series/Report no.: Working Papers CRIA
Abstract: Portugal is undergoing a socio economic crisis (with increasing rates of unemployment, low family income, a significant immigrant population, and a growing aged population) that increases pressures on a range of social services. Faced with the failing capability of state care systems to continue to provide support, as well as funding cuts imposed by the international economic crisis, people (re)turn to informal ways to address the problem. This 'state of emergency' also stimulates creativity and innovation, not only at the economic but also in social and moral realms which are easily overlooked by economic studies of crisis situations. Bearing in mind the danger of presenting an overly harmonious view of social care systems this paper debate how informal practices sometimes support national economies, how people engage simultaneously in formal and informal systems of care and how these strategies are so effective in producing an effective way to face crisis situations. Care thus becomes a factor of economic sustainability (helping to overcome precarious situations); a factor of social sustainability (providing to people in need); and also of emotional sustainability (well being).
Peer reviewed: yes
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