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Human Care caught between care for profits and care about regulations


When community care is referred to, it is often expressed in terms of putting someone into care: for instance, into child care, after school care, and elder care.

With private-public partnerships increasingly becoming the norm in this caring industry, community care can also be equated with corporate care.

Corporate forms of care are profit-driven and bureaucratically organized. In New Zealand this form of care is evidenced by the extensive overseas ownership and franchising of eldercare and child care facilities.

Governments subsidize and regulate the care industries. However, regulations to ensure minimum standards of care result in more layers of governmental bureaucracy.

As is becoming manifest in the current efforts of the United States and other governments in the midst of a financial crisis, global corporate capitalism can be very difficult to manage effectively.

Meanwhile, between the two forms of bureaucratic care (global corporate and national regulatory) there is human care: community and other interpersonal forms of care for each other, and care for our own-most personal possibilities.

One difficulty with an increasingly heavy dependence on the care industry is that these human forms of care can find themselves increasingly squeezed between corporate bureaucratic care for profit and governmental bureaucratic care.

Do you have any observations or thoughts about this matter?

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