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Joint struggles for care and social reproduction in Spain: new solidarities and moral communities
Since the outbreak of the financial crisis, claims for justice in relation to the system of provision of care in Spain have increased significantly. Particularly notorious has been migrant domestic workers’ grassroots activism, who have led protests and mobilizations for their labor and social rights. Moreover, other groups such as informal family caregivers, elderly people or public health professionals have also raised their voices. They all have addressed the crisis of care, that has been affecting for decades the capacity to meet care and social reproductive needs of broad sectors of the population. In 2017, several civil organizations promoted the so-called Care network. The network sought to build an alliance across different groups around the common devaluation of care work, whether paid or unpaid, uniting women (and people) across race and class differences. Within the language of rights, the network presented itself as a tool for mutual support and mobilization against patriarchal capitalism. Despite the difficulties to meet different interests and positions, the network has shown the gendered nature of the economic crisis. It has also presentend reproductive work dispossession and its unequal and unfair consequences, not as a short-term collateral effect of the economic crisis, but as a central means to overcome the crisis. The aim of this paper is to present the network as an attempt to exceed pre-established social categories and build new social solidarities around care, against what, following critical feminist perspective, we could call a new wave of accumulation by dispossession of reproductive work.