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Organizing care
Distributive labour across private and public realms
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The fifth chapter contextualizes the work in the wider social relations of care. In a work context in which companies exploit workers’ labour but withdraw from any responsibility for risk, repair or recuperation, access to care is pivotal for understanding urban precarities. The analysis decentres social security from the welfare state, and instead analyses care practices more broadly, either as kin or in professionalized support relations (e.g. with state agents). The chapter compares the ways young dwellers use the sale of airtime or food delivery as ‘distributive labour’ (Ferguson 2015), to be able to make claims on resources in support relations. It shows variations in the ways kin and friendship ties are used to confront socio-material insecurities, and explains this by contextualizing how, historically, a particular separation of the public and domestic spheres has been institutionalized and used in mechanisms of secondary exploitation (Dörre and Haubner 2018).

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