Care is high on the public and political agenda, not only in Western welfare states, but increasingly on a global scale with recognition of the care ‘deficit’, work/life balance and international chains of care (e.g. Ehrenreich and Hochschild, 2003) as shared international issues. Fundamental normative and practical questions are raised about the principles and provision of care, with implications for rights as well as for claims, including potential expansion of both the terrain of rights and the groups on whose behalf they are claimed.