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Dependency, justice and the ethic of care

Kathryn Ellis

in The ethics of welfare

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9781861345622
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303763 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861345622.003.0003
Dependency, justice and the ethic of care

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This chapter is based on the premise that an examination of the relationship between care and justice is useful for exploring the key themes of dependency, responsibility and rights. The first section of the chapter reviews the development of a feminist ethic of care and the disagreeing principle of justice on which it draws. The second section discusses the principal ideas linked with a political ethic of care in order to elucidate on dependency, responsibility, and rights as they relate to recent policy developments in care in the UK. The last section considers what lessons might be drawn from a discussion of care and justice as the basis for the development of more socially just arrangements for care.

Keywords: care; justice; dependency; responsibility; rights; ethic of care; policy developments; feminism

Chapter.  9237 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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