WHAT IS 'CARE'?
This BBC Radio 3 series untangles the many definitions of 'care' we may encounter over the course of a life.
Producer: David Coomes
Author and journalist Madeleine Bunting - in front of an audience at the British Academy - untangles the many definitions of 'care' we may encounter over the course of a life: who provides it, how it is organized and institutionalised, who pays for it. She also investigates the history and the politics of care which, however one comes to it, faces some huge challenges in the coming future.
This episode considers how, even in the home, care, which we too seldom pause to reflect on, needs at various times to take the form of reassurance, consolation, or encouragement; at its best, it is always alert to need, and flexible.
Madeleine argues that an 'achievement society', like ours, is no place for old people: one-third of those who seek social care are depressed, one million profess themselves lonely. Yet 'care' should be what makes us human.
What is it to provide care for another human being? And how as a society do we organise and reward those who care? Madeleine argues strongly for the kind of care that encompasses practical action, compassion, thought, and a set of emotional responses.
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