Österreich Z Soziol (2018) 43:1–5 https://doi.org/10.1007/s11614-018-0291-0 EDITORIAL Care work – international perspectives and reﬂections B. Aulenbacher · E. Gutiérrez Rodríguez · B. Liebig © Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH, ein Teil von Springer Nature 2018 Care is an issue with strong roots in Feminist and Gender Studies, and since the st beginning of the 21 century different strands of Sociology are ‘discovering’ it as one of the most pressing issues of our time. The meteoric rise of care and care work on the societal as well as sociological agenda is strongly related to the discussion of the crisis of social reproduction or the crisis of care. A closer look at this phenomenon and the care debate in general directs our attention at four aspects. First, the discourse about the crisis of social reproduction and the crisis of care in Western Europe, initiated by debates headed by activists and scholars in Spain (Precarias a la Deriva 2004) and Italy (Sconvegno 2007) has highlighted the lack of care provision by the state and the increasing precariousness of care work as feminized and racialized labor (Gutiérrez Rodríguez 2014). After the global ﬁnancial crisis in 2007/8, Western European governments have reacted to it by
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