Feminist Ethics and Social Policy: Towards a New Global Political Economy of Care

Feminist Ethics and Social Policy: Towards a New Global Political Economy of Care

by Rianne Mahon
     
 

As national borders become more permeable, women are increasingly traveling from poor to rich countries to take jobs as care workers. The struggle to maintain a healthy work/care balance in Western nations is creating a care deficit in the developing world. This book links ethics to the social politics of care by examining the implications of the feminization of

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As national borders become more permeable, women are increasingly traveling from poor to rich countries to take jobs as care workers. The struggle to maintain a healthy work/care balance in Western nations is creating a care deficit in the developing world. This book links ethics to the social politics of care by examining the implications of the feminization of migrant labor and the shortcomings of social policy. From Canada to Sweden and from Korea to Japan, renowned and emerging scholars reveal that a truly feminist ethics of care must be grounded in the concrete lives of real people working in transnational webs of social relations.

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This is a wonderful book that makes a strong contribution to the study of global issues. Combining the theory on the ethics of care with recent findings on the transnationalization and commodification of care work, it looks particularly at the migration of care workers from poor countries of the global South to rich ones in the global North.
- Virginia Held, author of The Ethics of Care: Personal, Political, and Global

An outstanding volume. A good deal of literature explores the topic of care, but it has been difficult to bridge a feminist ethics of care with social policy. This timely book takes on the challenge and does so deftly and with depth.
- Kate Bezanson, author of Gender, the State, and Social Reproduction: Household Insecurity in Neo-liberal Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780774821063
Publisher:
University of British Columbia Press
Publication date:
01/25/2012
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Virginia Held
This is a wonderful book that makes a strong contribution to the study of global issues. Combining the theory on the ethics of care with recent findings on the transnationalization and commodification of care work, it looks particularly at the migration of care workers from poor countries of the global South to rich ones in the global North.

Kate Bezanson
An outstanding volume. A good deal of literature explores the topic of care, but it has been difficult to bridge a feminist ethics of care with social policy. This timely book takes on the challenge and does so deftly and with depth.

Meet the Author

Rianne Mahon is the CIGI Chair in comparative social policy at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and a professor at Wilfred Laurier University. Fiona Robinson is an associate professor of political science at Carleton University.

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