Welfare state restructuring is generally accompanied by multiple forms of privatization, including the delegation of care responsibilities to both private enterprises and private (family) networks. In turn, these new responsibilities bring forth the rise of new care spaces in which care is provided or mediated. This chapter develops the concept of ‘digital care spaces,’ by zooming in on the operation of a digital platform brokering in-home care. It is argued that these digital care spaces are simultaneously locally and globally embedded and provide a response to the opportunities and struggles that accompany the privatization of care.
This chapter is a part of the book Care and the City: Encounters with Urban Studies.