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A Duty to Share Domestic Burdens?

Andrew Mason

in Living Together as Equals

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199606245
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741562 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199606245.003.0005
A Duty to Share Domestic Burdens?

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Feminists have sought to re-chart the terrain of citizenship. One of the crucial issues in this context is the place of unpaid care work in our understanding of citizenship, especially that which is involved in the raising of children. Reflecting upon these issues from the perspective of the justice account, we might think that each parent has a duty of citizenship to take a fair share of the work associated with raising their children, grounded in principles of justice which govern the distribution of domestic burdens. This is more problematic than it might appear, however, and there are a number of sources of resistance to the idea that there is a duty of citizenship to share domestic burdens that this chapter considers.

Keywords: citizenship; feminism; domestic burdens; justice; care work

Chapter.  14501 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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