Love's Labor Essays on Women, Equality and Dependency

ISBN-10: 0415904137
ISBN-13: 9780415904131
Edition: 1999
Authors: Eva Feder Kittay
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Book details

List price: $48.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 12/17/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.166
Language: English

This fascinating study of women carers explores the significance of dependency work by analysing 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.

Preface
Introduction
Elusive Equality
Feminist Critiques of Equality
Should Women Still Want Equality?
Love's Labor: The Requirements of Dependency
Relationships of Dependency and Equality
Reflections on Being a Mother's Child
Dependency in the Human Condition
Vulnerability and the Moral Nature of Dependency Relations
The Transparent Self of the Dependency Worker
Moral Obligations of Dependency Workers and an Ethics of Care
Moral Obligations to the Dependency Worker
Political Liberalism and Human Dependency
Dependency as a Criterion of Adequacy
The Role of Equality and Equality's Presuppositions
The Arguments in Outline
The Presuppositions of Equality
The Circumstances of Justice for a Well-Ordered Society
The Idealization That "All Citizens Are Fully Cooperating Members of Society"
Free Persons Are "Self-Originating Sources of Valid Claims"
The Benefits and Burdens of Social Cooperation
The Two Powers of a Moral Person and the Index of Primary Goods
The Public Conception of Social Cooperation
Conclusion: The Principles of Justice and Dependency Concerns
Some Mother's Child
Introduction
Policy and a Public Ethic of Care
Welfare De-Form
Justifications of Welfare
The Family and Medical Leave Act
Welfare Re-Formed: A Vision of Welfare Based on Doulia
"Not My Way, Sesha. Your Way. Slowly." A Personal Narrative
A Child Is Born
Portrait of Sesha at Twenty-Seven
On the Very Possibility of Mothering and the Challenge of the Severely Disabled Child
Mothering Distributed: The Work of Dependency Care
Alternative Routes--Routes Not Taken
Maternal Thinking with a Difference
Preservative Love
Socialization for Acceptance
Fostering Development
Care for Disability and Social Justice
Lessons for the Theoretician
Afterword
Notes
References
Index

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