Global Care Gaps, Modernity and Capitalism

Photo: Kin Mun Lee, CC BY-NC-ND-2.0

Care for one’s self and others are issues moving fast upwards on the societal and sociological agenda in the countries of the Global North. Market fundamentalism, the crisis of finance in 2008, and austerity schemes have been threatening and destroying former standards of working conditions and welfare policies. In these parts of the world the fordist promise of a strong conjunction between economic growth, so-called technological progress, and welfare for all or at least most society members obviously failed. But the issue, in new ways, is emerging in the Global South, particularly in the context of the economies and welfare policies of the middle-income countries. Continue reading

Meet the LOC – Brigitte Aulenbacher

In our series “Meet the LOC” we would like to introduce you to the members of our Local Organizing Committee. The previous entries in this series can be found here.  

Picture of Brigitte AulenbacherWhat is your main sociological field of study and what sparked your interest in it?

The main issues of research are the ongoing marketization of the society, social inequalities and justice. Coming from different strands of Marxian, Weberian, Critical Sociology, the classical as well as contemporary approaches including feminist and intersectional revisions, I am combining sociological theory, sociology of work and care, organization and gender studies. Continue reading