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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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Care: ethics, policy and politics

Care: ethics, policy and politics

(p.167) Nine Care: ethics, policy and politics
Care in everyday life

Marian Barnes

Policy Press

In the final chapter the concept of care is revisited to reflect on what applying care ethics to different everyday contexts contributes to our understanding of care. The author suggests the principle of ‘responsiveness’ can be developed though a contextualised understanding of the significance of reciprocity, and also emphasises the epistemological dimension of care. She considers care as a focus and resource for different forms of struggle and highlights the importance of care thinking within different types of political space, including both user and carer movements. The chapter concludes by emphasising the necessity of care in diverse policy contexts and the danger of ‘abandoning’ care from policy and practice discourse.

Keywords:   Compassion, Justice, Well-being, Collective responsibility, Reciprocity, Knowledge, Struggle, Transformative recognition

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