INTRODUCTION: Social Inequalities, Uneven Space, and Care

Nir Cohen, Sabine Knierbein

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Unevenness remains a salient characteristic of caring relationships in a world plagued by disruptions and crises. Scholars of care have acknowledged the prevalence of uneven geographies of care that unfold primarily in urban space. Yet, the urban is also a hopeful realm where care is continuously extended to the needy-from homeless people to undocumented migrants. Performing the (urban) work of care and mitigating the inequalities that underpin it is a massive endeavor necessitating mass mobilization of individuals, social groups, and communities. But care also requires more than benevolence and affect as considerable investment and allocation of material resources are needed to sustain care work on wider redistributive scales. It is through these site-specific combinations of resources, or ‘materialities of care, ' which include not only human bodies, but also material hardwire, or infrastructures, that urban care is provided.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCare and the City
Subtitle of host publicationEncounters with Urban Studies
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781000504903
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)
  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)


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