Care, Gender, and Justice

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byDiemut Elisabet Bubeck

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Women's unpaid work at home has not concerned theorists of social justice, despite the fact that it renders women vulnerable to exploitation and hence to social injustice. Based on a critical analysis of three conceptions of work and women's work in the materialist tradition of thought -Marx, the domestic labour debate, and Delphy and Leonard - the author develops her own theory of women's work as care. By focusing on the material, psychological and gendered aspects of care, the theory elucidates how and why care is exploitative as long as it remains women's work, and whatproblems it poses for conceptions of social justice. It also enables the author to develop a striking new interpretation of the much discussed ethic of care: how it relates to considerations of justice and the place it has in moral and political philosophy.

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Women's unpaid work at home has not concerned theorists of social justice, despite the fact that it renders women vulnerable to exploitation and hence to social injustice. Based on a critical analysis of three conceptions of work and women's work in the materialist tradition of thought -Marx, the domestic labour debate, and Delphy and...

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Women's unpaid work at home has not concerned theorists of social justice, despite fact that it renders women vulnerable to exploitation and hence to social injustice. Based on a critical analysis of three conceptions of work and women's work in the materialist tradition of thought - Marx, the domestic labour debate, and Delphy and Leo...

Diemut Bubeck is at European University Institute, Florence.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:290 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.83 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198279906

ISBN - 13:9780198279907

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`This is an interesting, imaginative and wide-ranging book: Bubeck shows command of Maxist theory, feminist theory and contemporary Anglo-American political theory. She is sensitive to the importance of care, but also realistic about the costs which it can exact if adopted uncritically. Mostimportantly, her book develops a new and dynamic understanding of the nature and origins of women's exploitation: one which looks to the future and which could usefully inform feminist theory and practice for many years to come.'Susan Mendus