WHAT IS 'CARE'?

Madeleine Bunting

 

This BBC Radio 3 series untangles the many definitions of 'care' we may encounter over the course of a life. 
Producer: David Coomes

 
 Anenurin Bevan, Minister of Health, on the first day of the National Health Service, 5 July 1948 at Park Hospital, Davyhulme, near Manchester.

Anenurin Bevan, Minister of Health, on the first day of the National Health Service, 5 July 1948 at Park Hospital, Davyhulme, near Manchester.

 

EPISODE 1

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.

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EPISODE 2

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.

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EPISODE 3

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.

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EPISODE 4

Untangling the many definitions of 'care' we may encounter over the course of a life: who provides it, how it is organised and institutionalised, who pays for it.

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EPISODE 5

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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