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

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As national borders become more permeable, women are increasingly travelling from poor to rich countries to take up 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 volume links ethics to the social politics of care by examining the implications of the feminization of migrant labour and the shortcomings of social policy. From Canada to Sweden and from Korea to Japan, renowned ...
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Overview


As national borders become more permeable, women are increasingly travelling from poor to rich countries to take up 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 volume links ethics to the social politics of care by examining the implications of the feminization of migrant labour 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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780774821063
  • Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
  • Publication date: 1/25/2012
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction / Rianne Mahon and Fiona Robinson

Part 1: The Transnational Movement of Care

1          
Towards a Transnational Analysis of the Political Economy of Care /
Fiona Williams

2          Migration and Globalized Care Work: The Case of Internationally Educated Nurses in Canada / Christina Gabriel

3          The Global
Migration of Care Labour: Filipino Workers in Japan
Hironori Onuki

Part 2: Transnational Influence of Care
Discourses

4         
Transnationalizing (Child) Care Policy: The OECD and the World Bank /
Rianne Mahon

5          Social
Investment Policy in South Korea / Ito Peng

6          Reimagined
Intimate Relations: Elder and Child Care in Japan since the 1990s /
Yuki Tsuji

Part 3: The Transnational Ethics of Care

7          Care Ethics and the Transnationalization of Care: Reflections on Autonomy,
Hegemonic Masculinities, and Globalization / Fiona
Robinson

8          The Dark
Side of Care: The Push Factors of Human Trafficking / Olena
Hankivsky

9          A Feminist
Democratic Ethics of Care and Global Care Workers: Citizenship and
Responsibility / Joan C. Tronto

           
Conclusion: Integrating the Ethics and Politics of Care
Rianne Mahon and Fiona Robinson

           
Notes

           
References

           
Contributors

            Index

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