Cosmopolitanism and the Moral Economies of Aged Residential Care




aged residential care, moral economy, cosmopolitanism


In this essay I contend that the aged care sector not only constitutes a political economy, but is at the same time a moral economy containing multiple contested moral spaces, purposes and standpoints. Global processes of cosmopolitanisation contain moral agendas that link macro level structures with local communities, families, individuals, workplaces, and organisations. The aged residential care (ARC) facility as a moral economy exemplifies vernacular cosmopolitanisation. The State shapes the moral economy of the New Zealand aged care sector through enforceable policies and regulations, while organisations and facilities compete in a neoliberal consumption-oriented marketplace. Those employed in the sector such as nurses and careworkers seek a living. Residents must find home within ARC, while their families expect they receive quality care from ARC facilities.

Author Biography

Chrystal Jaye, University of Otago

Chrystal Jaye is an Associate Professor in the Department of General Practice and Rural Health. She is a medical anthropologist whose research is highly eclectic, multi- and transdisciplinary. She has conducted research across the fields of medical anthropology and sociology, public health, medical education, and general practice. Her current research interests include communities of clinical practice and teamwork in healthcare settings, medical education, moral economy, and studies in aged care. Her email address is




How to Cite

Jaye, C. (2018). Cosmopolitanism and the Moral Economies of Aged Residential Care. Sites: A Journal of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies, 15(2).