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A Room of One's Own: <sup>*</sup>

Iris Marion Young

in On Female Body Experience

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780195161922
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786664 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195161920.003.0009

Series: Studies in Feminist Philosophy

 A Room of One's Own:  *

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Many old people who need nursing care live in residences that routinely deprive them of privacy in the sense of a secure personal space where one dwells according to one’s own habits with things of one’s own. It is argued that old people should not have to do without a home in this sense just because they have become unable to live independently, or because their relatives are unable or unwilling to make a home for them in their own dwellings. Services and institutions offering shelter and care to needy persons often fail to appreciate what is required for individuals not simply to stay alive, physically well, and nourished, but to have the life of a person. A room of one’s own or its equivalent should be understood not as a luxury that social services can ill afford, but rather as a basic element of the value of privacy.

Keywords: old people; nursing home; privacy; old age; person

Chapter.  8048 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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