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The future of care work: towards a radical politics of care in CSCW research and practice

Karusala, Naveena, Ismail, Azra, Bhat, Karthik S, Gautam, Aakash, Pendse, Sachin R, Kumar, Neha, Anderson, Richard, Balaam, Madeline, Bardzell, Shaowen, Bidwell, Nicola J, Densmore, Melissa, Kaziunas, Elizabeth, Piper, Anne Marie, Raval, Noopur, Singh, Pushpendra, Toombs, Austin, Verdezoto, Nervo ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5006-4262 and Wang, Ding 2021. The future of care work: towards a radical politics of care in CSCW research and practice. Presented at: CSCW '21 The Future of Care Work: Towards a Radical Politics of Care in CSCW Research and Practice, Virtual, 23–27 October 2021. CSCW '21: Companion Publication of the 2021 Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing. ACM, 338–342. 10.1145/3462204.3481734

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Abstract

Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) and Human- Computer Interaction (HCI) have long studied how technology can support material and relational aspects of care work, typically in clinical healthcare settings. More recently, we see increasing recognition of care work such as informal healthcare provision, child and elderly care, organizing and advocacy, domestic work, and service work. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has underscored long-present tensions between the deep necessity and simultaneous devaluation of our care infrastructures. This highlights the need to attend to the broader social, political, and economic systems that shape care work and the emerging technologies being used in care work. This leads us to ask several critical questions: What counts as care work and why? How is care work (de)valued, (un)supported, or coerced under capitalism and to what end? What narratives drive the push for technology in care work and whom does it benefit? How does care work resist or build resilience against and within oppressive systems? And how can we as researchers advocate for and with care and caregivers? In this one-day workshop, we will bring together researchers from academia, industry, and community-based organizations to reflect on these questions and extend conversations on the future of technology for care work.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Computer Science & Informatics
Publisher: ACM
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 29 October 2021
Date of Acceptance: 23 July 2021
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2022 09:57
URI: https://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/145170

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