Untitled: Self-care Through Communal Acts
What is self-care, and how does it work? Is it something that all people have access to? This paper, which is an introduction to my PhD project, aims to challenge the canons of self-care while arguing that they are embedded in capitalistic individualism. I look specifically at communal child-rearing and other load-bearing practices such as child-shifting, and closely examine the benefits of communal caring practices in direct response to current beliefs of what self-care should look like. Through this approach, I investigate Black women’s communal anticapitalistic resistance and its positive effects in challenging neoliberal ideologies.