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Struggles In (Elderly) Care

A Feminist View


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-v
  2. Hanne Marlene Dahl
    Pages 1-25
  3. Hanne Marlene Dahl
    Pages 61-88
  4. Hanne Marlene Dahl
    Pages 89-114
  5. Hanne Marlene Dahl
    Pages 115-157
  6. Hanne Marlene Dahl
    Pages 159-173
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 175-179

About this book


This book provides a critical engagement with the intensified struggles to be found within elderly care provision. Various social and political processes, including the forces of globalisation and the de-gendering of care, have changed how we might understand this national and global political concern. Emerging discourses such as neoliberalism have also reframed elderly care to increase existing tensions at the individual, national, and transnational level. Dahl argues that in order to grasp these new realities of care we need a new analytical framework that redirects us to new sites of contestation.

Dahl approaches these issues from a post-structuralist and radical feminist position, while drawing from feminist sociology, feminist political science, nursing philosophy and feminist history. In particular, Struggles In (Elderly) Care highlights how the predominantly feminist theorization of care has been dominated by a sociological bias that could be improved using insights from political science concerning concepts of power and struggle, and the importance of the state and governance.

This book will be of interest to researchers in sociology, gerontology, nursing, and feminist studies.


Struggles about Care Struggles about elderly care Emotional economies theory of care web of care dilemmas of care governance of care elderly care Caring for the carers What is care? Feminist approach to care de-gendering of care

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Social Sciences and BusinessRoskilde UniversityRoskildeDenmark

About the authors

Hanne Marlene Dahl is a Professor at Roskilde University, Denmark. She has been the Director of the Danish National Research School: Welfare, State and Diversity, an editorial board member of two Danish scientific journals, and participated in national, European and international research projects. Dahl has published widely in international journals and is also co-editor of the book, Europeanization, Care and Gender.

Bibliographic information


“Throughout the book, Dahl demonstrates how elderly care has become the object of political debate and, in the process, been actively politicised. … It was great pleasure to read Dahl’s book, which navigates the rich discussion around contemporary elderly care. … Dahl makes readers realise the importance of challenging the hybrid forms of regulation on elderly care through critical analysis.” (Maho Omori, Journal of Sociology, October, 5, 2018)​