UNSETTLING THE CURRENCY OF CARING: PROMOTING HEALTH AND WELLNESS AT THE FRONTLINES OF WELFARE STATE WITHDRAWAL IN TORONTO by Ana Skinner

A thesis submitted in conformity with the requirements for the degree of Masters of Arts
Department of Geography
University of Toronto
© Copyright by Ana Skinner, 2013

-ABSTRACT

What does the prevalence of stress and burnout in community-based work reveal about the
impacts of welfare state withdrawal? Drawing on the experiences of frontline community
organizers in Toronto, this research argues that welfare state withdrawal is subsidized by a
‘Currency of Caring’ whereby frontline community organizers are expected to fill gaps in the
social safety net, working to a point of burnout if necessary, because they care. This research
investigates how funders operating within this context can promote health and wellness in
community-based work. Broadly, research findings provide insights into how neoliberalism and
welfare state withdrawal shape frontline community work in ways that exacerbate stress and
burnout, and impede systemic change efforts. In addition,

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