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

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First Published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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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.
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415904124
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/28/1998
  • Series: Thinking Gender Series
  • Edition description: ANN
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Eva Kittay is Professor of Philosophy at SUNY Stony Brook. She is the co-editor of both Metaphor, Women and Moral Theory (1990), and Frames, Fields and Contrasts (1992).

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Table of Contents

Preface ix
Introduction 1
Elusive Equality 2
Feminist Critiques of Equality 8
Should Women Still Want Equality? 17
Part 1 Love's Labor: The Requirements of Dependency 21
Chapter 1 Relationships of Dependency and Equality 23
Reflections on Being a Mother's Child 23
Dependency in the Human Condition 29
Chapter 2 Vulnerability and the Moral Nature of Dependency Relations 49
The Transparent Self of the Dependency Worker 51
Moral Obligations of Dependency Workers and an Ethics of Care 53
Moral Obligations to the Dependency Worker 64
Part 2 Political Liberalism and Human Dependency 75
Dependency as a Criterion of Adequacy 75
The Role of Equality and Equality's Presuppositions 78
The Arguments in Outline 79
Chapter 3 The Presuppositions of Equality 83
The Circumstances of Justice for a Well-Ordered Society 83
The Idealization That "All Citizens Are Fully Cooperating Members of Society" 88
Free Persons Are "Self-Originating Sources of Valid Claims" 93
Chapter 4 The Benefits and Burdens of Social Cooperation 100
The Two Powers of a Moral Person and the Index of Primary Goods 100
The Public Conception of Social Cooperation 104
Conclusion: The Principles of Justice and Dependency Concerns 109
Part 3 Some Mother's Child 115
Introduction 115
Chapter 5 Policy and a Public Ethic of Care 117
Welfare De-Form 117
Justifications of Welfare 122
The Family and Medical Leave Act 133
Welfare Re-Formed: A Vision of Welfare Based on Doulia 140
Chapter 6 "Not My Way, Sesha. Your Way. Slowly." A Personal Narrative 147
A Child Is Born 147
Portrait of Sesha at Twenty-Seven 150
On the Very Possibility of Mothering and the Challenge of the Severely Disabled Child 152
Mothering Distributed: The Work of Dependency Care 154
Alternative Routes--Routes Not Taken 160
Chapter 7 Maternal Thinking with a Difference 162
Preservative Love 163
Socialization for Acceptance 165
Fostering Development 169
Care for Disability and Social Justice 173
Lessons for the Theoretician 178
Afterword 182
Notes 189
References 220
Index 231
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