Welfare and Self Care: Institutionalized Visions for a Good Life in Danish Day-care Centres

Eva Gulløv
2011 Anthropology in Action  
Using the case of early childcare institutions in contemporary Denmark, the aim of the article is to show that welfare entails visions of living that are made manifest through the requirements of everyday institutional practices. The main argument is that welfare institutions are designed not only to take care of people's basic needs but also to enable them to fare well in accordance with the dominant norms of society. This is particularly evident in the case of children. Children are objects
more » ... ldren are objects of intense normative att ention and are invested in as no other social group in order to ensure their enculturation. Therefore, studying the collective investments in children, for example by paying att ention to the institutional arrangements set up for them, off ers insight into dominant cultural priorities and hoped-for outcomes.
doi:10.3167/aia.2011.180303 fatcat:ubthpwgv6ve45kq3iu6u5x75aq