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Um segredo público: o viver assistido, cuidadores, globalização


Cuidadores. Idosos fragilizados. Gênero. Raça. Cadeias globais de cuidado. Representação. Memórias. Documentário. Reivindicação

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Woodward, K. (2016). Um segredo público: o viver assistido, cuidadores, globalização. Cadernos Pagu, (46), 17–57. Recuperado de


Idosos fragilizados e seus cuidadores são praticamente invisíveis nos circuitos representacionais (filmes, romances, fotografia, televisão, internet, jornais), sendo os idosos habitualmente desconsiderados como não cidadãos, e seus cuidadores geralmente não cidadãos dos Estadosnação em que trabalham. Como dar visibilidade ao que é um escandaloso segredo público da vida cotidiana, pois o cuidado dos idosos se torna cada vez mais uma questão de mercado global em nossas economias neoliberais? Este ensaio explora a representação de cuidadores e idosos, juntos, em fotografias, memórias, notícias e filmes documentais, sugerindo que uma das formas mais eficazes de reivindicar mudanças em políticas públicas é promover a compreensão das pessoas por meio de histórias e imagens. Neste estudo eu levo em conta histórias do viver assistido envolvendo idosos, que são brancos, e cuidadores remunerados, não brancos, gênero feminino e parte das cadeias globais de cuidado; essas histórias incluem o artigo do escritor estadunidense Ted Conover, Os últimos melhores amigos que o dinheiro pode comprar1 (1997), publicado no New York Times Magazine, e o documentário “Bonecas de Papel”2 (2006). De importância fundamental é o sentimento de parentesco que emerge conforme novas formas de família tomam forma.



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