Love's Labor : Essays on Women, Equality and Dependency

Love's Labor : Essays on Women, Equality and Dependency

by Eva Feder Kittay
     
 

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Where society is viewed as an association of equal and autonomous persons, the work of caring for dependents, "love's labors", figure neither in political theory nor in social policy. While some women have made many gains, equality continues to elude many others, because, in large measure, social institutions fail to take into account the dependency of childhood,… See more details below

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Where society is viewed as an association of equal and autonomous persons, the work of caring for dependents, "love's labors", figure neither in political theory nor in social policy. While some women have made many gains, equality continues to elude many others, because, in large measure, social institutions fail to take into account the dependency of childhood, illness and disability and, frail old age and fail to adequately support those who care for dependents, "the dependency workers".

Eva Feder Kittay explores the significance of dependency work by analyzing John Rawls' influential liberal theory and two examples of public policy--welfare "reform" and family leave--to show how both theory and policy fail women when they miss the centrality of dependency to questions of justice. A vision of equality emerges, one which recognizes that those who care for others require the support of the larger community.

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ISBN-13:
2900415904130
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/01/1999
Edition description:
New Edition

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Iris Young
Kittay cogently argues than any conception of justice must explicitly attend to the particular situations of dependent people and those who care for them. Her critical analyses of major theories of justice and her proposals for principles guided by the requirements of dependency work constitute a major breakthrough for political theory.
Sara Ruddick
Love's Labor combines rigorous analysis, informed political argument and passionate personal reflection. This is a magnificent book which might just transform the way we do political philosophy and lead our political lives.

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