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Grugel, Jean, Macias, Susana and Rai, Shirin M. (2020) 'Depletion, intersectionality and the limits of social policy: child carers in Mexico City.' European Journal of Politics and Gender, 3 (2). pp. 221-236.

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This article makes a dual contribution. First, it adds an intersectional perspective to studies of depletion through social reproduction, examining the depletion experienced by children and adolescents caring for their younger siblings in Mexico City. The depletion that child carers experience is shaped by age, low income, other forms of work in and outside the home, and gender. Second, we explore the limitations of cash transfer welfare programmes by examining their failure to address the needs of children who provide care within the family and show how misperceptions by social policymakers of the experiences of young carers limit the capacity of social policies to make a difference to their well-being. The article underlines the importance of the greater recognition of social reproductive work by poor children and adolescents, and of the intersectional depletion that they experience, both within social policy and in academic research.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Politics & International Studies
Subjects: J Political Science
ISSN: 25151088
Copyright Statement: This is the version of the article accepted for publication in European Journal of Politics and Gender. Themed Section: Vol. 3, no.2, published by Bristol University Press (2020). Re-use is subject to the publisher’s terms and conditions. This is a post-acceptance version and should not be cited
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Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2023 18:25
Funders: Other

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