Featured Review: The Care Factory

At Cambridge Scholars, we are very proud that many of our authors and their publications are critically acclaimed by eminent scholars in their respective fields. We put our authors at the centre of everything we do, and this month we would like to take this opportunity to highlight a particularly noteworthy review.

This month, we are delighted to showcase Dr Mike Dines’ review of David Mathew’s title The Care Factory. Mike is an independent scholar who is currently researching the subversive relationship between music and protest, with an edited anthology of the anarcho-punk scene forthcoming.


“The book’s strength lies in the interaction between reader and chapter; Mathew sets up a dialogue whereby his writing raises questions that are both stimulating and confrontational, where the author extends ‘an invitation to the reader to form an opinion on what care happens to be. What do we mean by care, and how do we know it when we see it, when we feel it, or when we miss its presence?’ (p.1). […] I would contend that Mathew’s writing works on a number of different levels. On the one hand, The Care Factory is readable yet informative. On the other its cross-disciplinary approach cannot help but challenge the reader, encouraging them to take part in the unfolding narrative. For me, its varied subject matter, underpinned by the notion of care, provides a critique of a world beset by neoliberal ideology. As education, the NHS and other ‘caring’ professions become closer to privatization and, as the growing isolationism found in the rhetoric of Brexit and Trump hangs large, the notion of ‘caring’ becomes more important than ever. What is important about this book is that Mathew takes the machination of care from the workplace and places it where it should be: in the creative, the cultural and the everyday.”

–Dr Mike Dines, Culture, Pedagogy & Society


To find out more about The Care Factory, click here. To read the review in full, click here (requires subscription).

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