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Outside of global or local care chains : Nannies and babysitters in Slovakia.



Year of publication 2018
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Social Studies

Description This article draws upon interviews with nannies, babysitters, and their employers in Slovakia. The interviews were conducted between 2013 and 2015. The article focuses on employment of paid home-based childcare in Slovakia, where paid home-based childcare is not undertaken by migrants, but by local women. In the first part of the article I will show that employment of paid domestic workers in Slovakia cannot be explained through the concept of global care chains. In particular, neither domestic workers nor their employers are involved in either global or local care chains. They both are Slovak nationals, neither domestic workers nor their employers are transnational or intra-state migrants. In addition, employment of paid carers in Slovakia does not create deficit of care in domestic workers’ households: Women working as nannies and babysitters do not have competing care responsibilities. In particular, there are either students who do not have children or elder women who have grown up children working as nannies and babysitters. In the second part of the article I will show how paid home-based care is organised and conceptualised within local context. In particular, I will focus on relation between employment of local paid carers and social politics. This focus will help me to analyse how social policies develop barriers to global care solutions and facilitate employment of local paid carers. I will argue that social policy structures demand for and enables supply of local paid carers.
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