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Care in everyday lifeAn ethic of care in practice$
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Marian Barnes

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781847428233

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847428233.001.0001

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Places and environments

Places and environments

(p.125) Seven Places and environments
Care in everyday life

Marian Barnes

Policy Press

In this chapter, Tronto and Fisher's inclusion of ‘the environment’ within the web of care is considered. It has potentially very broad implications, encompassing our relationships with the micro environments in which we live, and the global level and the relationship of humanity to the planet on which we live. In addressing the relevance of care ethics to the relationships people have with the environments in which they live and work three different contexts are considered: a) Older people's relationships with the places in which they live – both their ‘own homes’ and the ‘homes’ to which they may move if they can no longer care for their own home. b) The design and maintenance of public spaces, whether these provide evidence of public bodies caring for their citizens and whether those using such spaces can care for others within them. c) The way in which work is organised and its impact on people's experience of being cared for and being able to care for others. – The argument is based in an understanding of space as relational.

Keywords:   Environmental justice, Relational space, Home, Shaping the environment, Relational security, Uncared for places, Community engagement, Work ethic

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