Paying for Love in the Caring Economy

Money and intimacy are two powerful motivating factors. As Folbre and Nelson highlight, they’re also often held as mutually exclusive. Culturally, we like to think that once money is involved, a transaction becomes clean and passionless. On the other hand, once feelings are involved, the motivation is thought to be entirely intrinsic, untainted by finances.

Caregiving that comes with a pricetag, therefore, doesn’t quite compute. In our typical view, the paid caregiver must be inwardly less sincere (and it can be assumed, less trustworthy), or the money wouldn’t be necessary.

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