9th Conference European Sociological Association

RS01 Sociology and Disability

Public controversies and social care policies: experts and social movements in the history of care policies for dependant people in Spain

The Spanish Government has recently set up a new social care policy for dependant people. This policy is currently surrounded by a huge controversy concerning the definition of what a dependant/autonomous person is, the necessities that must be covered according to different degrees of autonomy/dependency and the types of care-giving needed. In this paper we would like to present the preliminary results of a research project on the techno-scientific controversies implied in the new Spanish social care policy for dependant people. We would like to present some findings about the role of experts (mainly social workers and health professionals) and social movements in the production of different understandings of dependency/autonomy and good/bad care during the last century and how these different understandings might be influencing social care policies for dependant people in Spain.