LECTURE: Who will look after me when I am old?

September 30, 2019

Kendra Strauss is guest lecturer at the 2019 Tschudi Memorial Lecture: "Who will look after me when I am old? Gender, migration and social infrastructures of labour in the 'ageing' city"

Oct. 18, 2019 12:15 PM–2:00 PM, Department of Sociology and Human Geography, Faculty of Social Sciences, UiO: University of Oslo

About the lecture

‘Global’ cities are increasingly also ageing cities. As such, they depend on social infrastructures for the provision of care to growing older populations. Social infrastructures are often conceptualized, implicitly or explicitly, as the material sites or social practices of care: nursing homes, recreation centers, home support services, caregivers’ networks. The labour that enables and sustains social infrastructures is often invisible as labour, both paid and unpaid. In this talk, Kendra Strauss theorize the paid work of eldercare in two aspiring global cities, Vancouver (Canada) and Shanghai (China), as a social infrastructure of labour. Paid eldercare labour in both cities is highly gendered and dependent on migration flows – international immigration in Vancouver, internal migration in China. It is also increasingly subject to financialization. This framework provides a lens for focusing on struggles over value, and against the devaluation of racialized and classed women’s labour, that is essential but often invisible in global cities. 

More information: Department of Sociology and Human Geography UiO: University of Oslo, Norway.