Care—concept, emotion, practice, politics, moral exhortation—is a starting point for a range of critical geographies. Care affords geographers a richness of possibilities through which to engage critically with a range of politically charged discourses. This special issue
offers a suite of ‘think’ pieces on geographies of care which provoke further examination of three challenges. First, we need conceptual strategies to explore the connections of care across different spatialities and temporalities. Secondly, biases within current research on care
help make invisible the multiple sites through which our practices are shaped. Thirdly, certain concepts within the care lexicon have gone unchallenged such as dependency and vulnerability. We contemplate the potential of imagining care both as relation and as flow. The nodal characteristic
of a relational care shapes how care flows through those nodes to focus on the spatial and temporal unevenness and inequalities in care, the processes eroding situated traditions of care, and the spaces and practices facilitating care of the body.
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circulations de soin;
flujos de cuidado;
relaciónes de cuidado;
relations de soin;
Document Type: Research Article
Centre for Medical Humanities and Department of Geography, Durham University, Durham, UK
Department of Geography,University of Washington, Seattle,Washington, USA
School of Population Health, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Publication date: 2011-09-01
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