Graeber, Sandel en Goodhart over de geringe waardering van zorgarbeid

Rudi Wielers*

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The corona crisis has made painfully visible the vital importance of care
work. Care workers feel that their work is undervalued, experiencing high
work pressure and wages that are falling behind. This essay describes
explanations of the undervaluation of care work in recent literature. According to Graeber care work is undervalued due to trade-off between social usefulness and wages. He argues that in present-day production
relations – characterized by him as ‘managerial feudalism’ – workers in
bullshit jobs get good wages and workers in socially useful jobs low wages.
Sandel and Goodhart elaborate on the meritocracy theory. They argue that
especially in Anglo-Saxon countries educational level has become extremely
important in distribution processes in the labor market, at the cost of other
criteria, such as the social usefulness of the work. Sandel elaborates this
argument for the political development of the United States, and Goodhart
for the development of educational and labor market institutions in Europe. The analyses of Graeber, Sandel and Goodhart develop deep societal
explanations of the low valuation of care work. The disposition of greater
financial means for care work is a start to regaining balance.
Vertaalde titel van de bijdrageGraeber, Sandel and Goodhart on the low valuation of care work
Originele taal-2Dutch
Pagina's (van-tot)35-46
Aantal pagina's12
TijdschriftTijdschrift voor Arbeidsvraagstukken
Volume37
Nummer van het tijdschrift1
DOI's
StatusPublished - jan-2021

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