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Childcare Provision in Neoliberal Times

The Marketization of Care

By Aisling Gallagher

Published

Mar 30, 2022

Page count

192 pages

Series

Sociology of Children and Families

ISBN

978-1529206494

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Mar 30, 2022

Page count

192 pages

Series

Sociology of Children and Families

ISBN

978-1529206548

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Childcare Provision in Neoliberal Times

In the absence of public provision, many governments rely on the market to meet childcare demand. But who are the actors shaping this market? What work do they do to marketise care? And what does it mean for how childcare is provided?

Based on an innovative theoretical framework and an in-depth study of the New Zealand childcare market, Gallagher examines the problematic growth of private, for-profit childcare. Opening the ‘black box’ of childcare markets to closer scrutiny, this book brings to light complex political, social and economic work of making childcare markets.

Aisling Gallagher is Senior Lecturer in Geography at Massey University, New Zealand. Her research focuses broadly on the geographies of care, welfare and social reproduction in neoliberal contexts, with a special interest in the marketisation of childcare.

1. Childcare as a Market for Collective Concern

2. Childcare Markets as an Object of Study

3. State-Led Marketisation: The Creation of the New Zealand Childcare Market

4. Private Providers, Childcare Labour and the Problem of Finance

5. The Childcare Property Investment Market

6. Childcare Management Software and Data Infrastructures in the Market

7. Conclusion

8. Epilogue: Market Responses to COVID-19