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The issue of care is as old as the family or society, yet it took a very long time for it to become a legitimate research subject and a relevant issue for public debate and policy making. The invisibility of care reflects the androcentric biases of intellectual thought. The analysis of care has developed within feminist work, although care arrangements and relations in developing countries have not received the same level of scrutiny as those in postindustrial welfare states. This chapter reflects on the findings of the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) research project, The Political and Social Economy of Care. Its broader aim is to examine some of the conceptual conundrums in care and social reproduction from a development perspective and to identify when and why women’s movements have positioned themselves, alone or with other actors, to shape social policies and monitor their implementation.
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