Criticism is often levied that care ethics is too narrow in scope and fails to extend to issues of social justice. Socializing Care attempts to dispel that criticism. Contributors to the volume demonstrate how the ethics of care factors into a variety of social policies and institutions, and can indeed be useful in thinking about a number of different social problems. Divided into two sections, the first looks at care as a model for an evaluative framework that rethinks social institutions, liberal society, and citizenship at a basic conceptual level. The second explores care values in the context of specific social practices (like live kidney donations) or settings (like long-term care), as a framework that should guide thinking. Ultimately, this collection demonstrates how society would benefit from a more serious engagement with care ethics.
Finally, a serious, interesting and thought-provoking discussion of care and caregiving by serious scholars. Socializing Care will be of interest to all human service professionals who have struggled with their identity as "professional caregivers" (AKA "women's work") and other dilemmas associated with professional caregiving. Hamington and Miller locate the discussion of care at the nexus of private (family-based) caregiving responsibilities and public legal obligations. This analysis will be a welcome addition to the human service literature and an important resource for future professional caregivers.
Socializing Care is a vibrant example of how feminist philosophy can come to life as social policy with care at the center. A fabulous collection of essays that shows not only the intelligence, but the practicality of feminist care ethics.
Socializing Care brings together over twenty years of scholarship in feminist ethics and social and political theory, and takes it in important new directions. The essays challenge us to rethink classical liberalism and its focus on autonomy and rights. There is a call for a fuller account of what it is to be a person, a citizen, and a government. Sensitive to the dangers of a paternalistic state, these essays insist that care is part of the proper role of the state, and provide a rich array of examples from which to learn.
A superb collection promoting the use of care perspectives to extend and enhance work in the area of applied ethics and social and political thought, Socializing Care clearly demonstrates the difference this important theoretical perspective makes. The collection provides both local and global perspectives on the role of care in the public domain, and is sure to enrich and enliven debates about the value and relevance of care ethics.
Maurice Hamington is assistant professor of philosophy at University of Southern Indiana. Dorothy C. Miller is Director, Center of Women and Visiting Associate Professor, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University.
Chapter 1 Introduction: A Modern Moral Imperative Part 2 Part I: Care Chapter 3 Vicious Circles of Privatized Caring Chapter 4 Caring and Social Policy Chapter 5 Care and Order: State Reformation and the Feminization of Liberalism Chapter 6 South African Welfare Policy: An Analysis Through the Ethic of Care Chapter 7 The Potential of Same-Sex Marriage for Restructuring Care and Citizenship Chapter 8 An Inverted Home: Socializing Care at Hull-House Chapter 9 From 'Giving Care' to 'Taking Care': Negotiating Care-Work at Welfare's End Part 10 Part II: Care in Social Action and Context Chapter 11 The Curious Case of Care and Restorative Justice in the U.S. Context Chapter 12 Ethical Globalization?: States, Corporations and the Ethics of Care Chapter 13 Care as a Cause: Framing the 21st Century Mothers Movement Chapter 14 A Public Ethic of Care: Implications for Long-Term Care Chapter 15 Index Chapter 16 About the Editors and Contributors