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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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ISBN-10: 0415904129

ISBN-13: 9780415904124

Pub. Date: 12/28/1998

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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


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

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Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
Thinking Gender Series
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Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Elusive Equality2
Feminist Critiques of Equality8
Should Women Still Want Equality?17
Part 1Love's Labor: The Requirements of Dependency21
Chapter 1Relationships of Dependency and Equality23
Reflections on Being a Mother's Child23
Dependency in the Human Condition29
Chapter 2Vulnerability and the Moral Nature of Dependency Relations49
The Transparent Self of the Dependency Worker51
Moral Obligations of Dependency Workers and an Ethics of Care53
Moral Obligations to the Dependency Worker64
Part 2Political Liberalism and Human Dependency75
Dependency as a Criterion of Adequacy75
The Role of Equality and Equality's Presuppositions78
The Arguments in Outline79
Chapter 3The Presuppositions of Equality83
The Circumstances of Justice for a Well-Ordered Society83
The Idealization That "All Citizens Are Fully Cooperating Members of Society"88
Free Persons Are "Self-Originating Sources of Valid Claims"93
Chapter 4The Benefits and Burdens of Social Cooperation100
The Two Powers of a Moral Person and the Index of Primary Goods100
The Public Conception of Social Cooperation104
Conclusion: The Principles of Justice and Dependency Concerns109
Part 3Some Mother's Child115
Chapter 5Policy and a Public Ethic of Care117
Welfare De-Form117
Justifications of Welfare122
The Family and Medical Leave Act133
Welfare Re-Formed: A Vision of Welfare Based on Doulia140
Chapter 6"Not My Way, Sesha. Your Way. Slowly." A Personal Narrative147
A Child Is Born147
Portrait of Sesha at Twenty-Seven150
On the Very Possibility of Mothering and the Challenge of the Severely Disabled Child152
Mothering Distributed: The Work of Dependency Care154
Alternative Routes--Routes Not Taken160
Chapter 7Maternal Thinking with a Difference162
Preservative Love163
Socialization for Acceptance165
Fostering Development169
Care for Disability and Social Justice173
Lessons for the Theoretician178

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