Feminist Ethics and Social Policy
Towards a New Global Political Economy of Care
As the boundaries between nations become more permeable, women are increasingly on the move, travelling from poor countries to rich ones to work as nannies, nurses, teachers, maids, and sex workers. The struggle to maintain a healthy balance between work, family, and care in Western nations is creating a care deficit in the developing world.
Feminist Ethics and Social Policy links ethics to the social politics of care by revealing the implications of the feminization of migrant labour and the shortcomings of social policy at the national level. Drawing on innovative theories of gender and race, global justice and neocolonialism, and care and masculinity, renowned and emerging scholars trace how recent policy developments are transforming the lives of female care workers in Canada, Sweden, Korea, and Japan and sparking national debates on care. They demonstrate that ethics cannot be separated from practice -- an ethics of care that is both political and critical must be grounded in the concrete activities of real people working in transnational webs of social relations.
This timely volume offers a rare cross-national comparison of care arrangements and national debates on the ethics of care in the context of a globalizing world. Selected, Hill Times 100 Best Books of 2012