Struggles for Care Infrastructures in Serbia: The Pandemic, Dispossessed Care, and Housing

Vilenica, Ana and Mentus, Vladimir and Ristić, Irena (2021) Struggles for Care Infrastructures in Serbia: The Pandemic, Dispossessed Care, and Housing. Historical Social Research, 46 (4). pp. 189-208. ISSN 0172-6404

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The COVID-19 pandemic added a new layer of consequences to a care crisis that was already harsh in “post-socialist” Serbia. This paper examines the failures of the care infrastructure in Serbia during the pandemic and the resulting intensification of temporary networks of care. We look at housing as a key care infrastructure in the pandemic and discuss how care thrives across the urban space. To conceptualise how housing is sustained as a care infrastructure in the post-Yugoslav context, we introduce the notion of infra-commoning. We discuss how infra-commoning generates dynamic social and economic reproduction patterns that are the foundation of social organisation. Finally, we analyse anti-eviction struggles as an infracommoning practice and explain how collective efforts of solidarity, mutual aid, and self-care are thwarted and rendered legally impossible.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Serbia, epidemic, caregiving, crisis, health care, public health, social policy, housing policy, public housing, infrastructure, self-help, self-organization, post-socialist country, housing, care, commoning, COVID-19, pandemic.
Institutional centre: Centre for sociological research and anthropological research
Depositing User: Vesna Jovanović
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2022 20:09
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2022 20:09

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