Gruppe Arbeit und Fürsorge
David Aussenhofer

Who cares? Bezahlte und unbezahlte Fürsorgearbeit


As a result of the changes in employment and lifestyle patterns, care provision—including care for the elderly, care for small children, or personal support for those in difficult circumstances—is being increasingly outsourced and redistributed between men and women. Nursing home and mobile care services are increasingly replacing informal support provided by relatives; meanwhile, young children are no longer exclusively cared for by their mothers, but also by crèches and increasingly by fathers.

Building upon the findings of the BMBF-funded project "Between Love and Efficiency" (Head: Prof. Dr. h.c. Jutta Allmendinger Ph.D.: Duration 01/2012 - 07/2018), the project analyzes effects of these changes on social inequalities in several, thematically and methodically linked, sub-projects. Why is pay for social service work still low despite the high demand for caregivers? How can men and women balance work and family successfully? What obstacles must be overcome so that the outsourcing of care and support tasks reduces gender inequalities instead of shifting them from one population group to another? The sub-projects, which are linked in content and methodology, are designed to find answers to these socially relevant questions.