Eva Feder Kittay
December 1, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 296 Pages
ISBN 9781138089921 - CAT# Y334395
December 1, 2019 Forthcoming
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This new edition of Eva Feder Kittay’s feminist classic, Love’s Labor, explores how theories of justice and morality must be reconfigured when intersecting with care and dependency, and the failure of policy towards women who engage in care work. The work is hailed as a major contribution to the development of an ethics of care.
Where society is viewed as an association of equal and autonomous persons, the work of caring for dependents figure neither in political theory nor in social policy. While some women have made many gains, equality continues to elude many others, as in large measure, social institutions fail to take into account the dependency of childhood, illness, disability and frail old age and fail to adequately support those who care for dependents. Using a narrative of her experiences caring for her disabled daughter, she discusses the relevance of her analysis of dependency to significant cognitive disability. Eva Feder Kittay explores the significance of dependency work by analyzing John Rawls' influential liberal theory, and two examples of public policy--welfare reform and family leave--to show how theory and policy fail women when they miss the centrality of dependency to issues of justice. This second edition has updated material on care workers, her adult disabled daughter and key changes in welfare reform.
Using a mix of personal reflection and political argument, this new edition of a classic text will continue to be an innovative and influential contribution to the debate on searching for greater equality and justice for women.
Love’s Labor has spoken to audiences around the world and has had an impact on readers from many countries and over many disciplines: philosophy, sociology, disability studies, nursing. It has been required and supplementary reading on many undergraduate courses on Ethics, Feminist Ethics, Gender and Religious Ethics, Political Theory, Bioethics and Disability Studies. It has been translated into Italian, Japanese and Korean.
Introduction to the Second Edition
Equality as Sexual Equality
The Difference Critique
The Dominance Critique
The Diversity Critique
The Dependency Critique
Should Women Still Want Equality?
Part 1 Love’s Labor: The Requirements of Dependency
Chapter 1 Relationships of Dependency and Equality
Reflections on Being a Mother’s Child
Dependency in the Human Condition
Dependency Work, the Dependency Worker, and the Charge
A Paradigm of Dependency Work
Situating Dependency Work Within a Practice
Extending the Concept of Dependency Work
Dependency Work in "Cooperative Conflicts"
Cooperative Conflicts—The Provider
Breakdown Positions and Inequality in Cooperative Conflicts
Secondary Dependency and Equality for Dependency Workers
Chapter 2 Vulnerability and the Moral Nature of Dependency Relations
The Transparent Self of the Dependency Worker
Moral Obligations of Dependency Workers and an Ethics of Care
Moral Obligations to the Dependency Worker
Part 2 Political Liberalism and Human Dependency
Dependency as a Criterion of Adequacy
The Role of Equality and Equality’s Presuppositions
The Arguments in Outline
Chapter 3 The Presuppositions of Equality
Dependency as Both an Objective and a Subjective Circumstance of Justice
The Absence of Dependency in the "Circumstances of Justice"
Dependency and Heads of Households
Chronological Unfairness and Intergenerational Justice
The Idealization That "All Citizens Are Fully Cooperating Members of Society"
Fully Cooperating Throughout a Life—The Strong Interpretation
Fully Cooperating Over a Lifetime—The Weak Interpretation
Free Persons Are a Self-Originating Sources of Valid Claims"
Is the Dependency Worker a Self-Originator of Claims?
Is the Dependency Worker a Self-Authenticator of Claims?
Chapter 4 The Benefits and Burdens of Social Cooperation
The Two Powers of a Moral Person and the Index of Primary Goods
The Omission of Care as a Primary Good
Care as a Primary Good Issuing from the Moral Power to Care
The Public Conception of Social Cooperation
Dependency Concerns in Rawls’s Conception of Social Cooperation
Reciprocity and Doulia
Dependents and Dependency Workers as the Least Well-Off
The Dependency Relation as a Social Position
A Third Principle of Justice?
Part 3 Some Mother’s Child
Chapter 5 Policy and a Public Ethic of Care
"Welfare Is a Woman’s Issue": The Subtext of Welfare "Reform"
Justifications of Welfare
The Matemalist Justification of Welfare
Welfare Justified by Dependency Considerations
Conditions for the Derived Dependency of Dependency Workers
The Principle of Doulia as a Justification for Welfare
The Family and Medical Leave Act
Reading the Family and Medical Leave Act
Welfare Re-Formed: A Vision of Welfare Based on Doulia
Chapter 6 "Not My Way, Sesha Your Way. Slowly." A Personal Narrative
A Child is Born
Portrait of Sesha at Twenty-Seven
On the Very Possibility of Mothering and the Challenge of the Severely Disabled Child
Mothering Distributed: The Work of Dependency Care
She Came to Stay
Peggy and I
Alternative Routes—Routes Not Taken
Chapter 7 Maternal Thinking with a Difference
Socialization for Acceptance
Care for Disability and Social Justice
Lessons for the Theoretician