Care: ethics, policy and politics

Marian Barnes

in Care in everyday life

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9781847428233
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781447307686 | DOI:
Care: ethics, policy and politics

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In the final chapter the concept of care is revisited to reflect on what applying care ethics to different everyday contexts contributes to our understanding of care. The author suggests the principle of ‘responsiveness’ can be developed though a contextualised understanding of the significance of reciprocity, and also emphasises the epistemological dimension of care. She considers care as a focus and resource for different forms of struggle and highlights the importance of care thinking within different types of political space, including both user and carer movements. The chapter concludes by emphasising the necessity of care in diverse policy contexts and the danger of ‘abandoning’ care from policy and practice discourse.

Keywords: Compassion; Justice; Well-being; Collective responsibility; Reciprocity; Knowledge; Struggle; Transformative recognition

Chapter.  7608 words. 

Subjects: Health, Illness, and Medicine

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