Starting at Home: Caring and Social Policy

Starting at Home: Caring and Social Policy

by Nel Noddings
     
 

"Starting at Home is a bold and ambitious book. It is also well-reasoned and compassionate. Noddings turns the conventional relati onship between public policy and household affairs on its head, showing how an elaborated theory of caring, rooted in family life, can serve to inform our thinking and guide our actions in a wide range of settings, both public andSee more details below

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"Starting at Home is a bold and ambitious book. It is also well-reasoned and compassionate. Noddings turns the conventional relati onship between public policy and household affairs on its head, showing how an elaborated theory of caring, rooted in family life, can serve to inform our thinking and guide our actions in a wide range of settings, both public and private. The result is a must-read for ethicists, policy makers, educators, and the public at large."--Philip W. Jackson, author of Life in Classrooms

"This book gives a rich yet unsentimental account of caring relations in idealized 'homes,' then uses the lessons of home to criticize and re-invent social policy. Whether responding to critics or addressing controversial political issues, Noddings writes with a directness and courtesy that makes fruitful disagreement possible. She is nonetheless committed to an 'ethics of care,' one clearly strengthened by her remarkable range of reading, analysis, and experience."--Sara Ruddick, author of Maternal Thinking: Toward a Politics of Peace

"Recognizing care as a value with as much moral significance as justice and freedom, Noddings explores what a caring society would be like. Beginning with our understanding of how families best care for their members and thus can learn to care about others, she considers how caring could and should inform social policies. This is admirable and important work."--Virginia Held, author of Rights and Goods: Justifying Social Action

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Library Journal
In her latest work on domestic theory, Noddings (education, Stanford Univ.) reverses the philosophical tradition of discussing how the ideal home can produce the ideal state and describes instead how the best homes can improve the larger society. Since one's ability to care for or care about strongly depends on having been cared for, it makes sense to analyze the attitudes and behaviors found in the "best" homes (those that provide protection and promote growth) and explore how those attributes can be extended to the larger social domain. From a weighty philosophical discourse, Noddings shifts into a more tangible discussion of the elements of a healthy upbringing love, acceptance, and the shelter of home. In the final section of the book, she applies care theory to social policies concerning homelessness, deviance, and education. One of her recommendations is that the school curriculum includes serious home life as well as professional preparation. Noddings does an admirable job of weaving together the theories of Aristotle and John Dewey, the accounts of Jonathan Kozol, and narratives of everyday family conversations. Recommended for academic and larger public libraries. Deborah Bigelow, Leonia P.L., NJ Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9780520225565
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
01/28/2002
Pages:
349
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
1250L (what's this?)

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