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Care, community and citizenshipResearch and practice in a changing policy context$
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Susan Balloch and Michael Hill

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861348715

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861348715.001.0001

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Conclusion

Conclusion

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(p.281) Conclusion
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Care, community and citizenship
Author(s):

Susan Balloch

Michael Hill

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861348715.003.0018

This concluding chapter reviews the authors' contributions and draws together the shared issues, policy dilemmas, and possible ways forward. The chapters in this book contribute to an international debate about how to meet both the costs and complex demands of care, and the rights of citizens in advanced economies and ageing societies. One central concern repeated in several chapters is that ‘care’ is usually absent from discourses of citizenship, participation, and civil renewal. The ‘ethic of care’, as a set of principles and practices, challenges the distinction between public and private virtues, and enables connections to be made between care, citizenship, and social justice. This chapter encourages policy makers to look beyond conventional boundaries imposed on ‘social care’ and ‘community’ policies, and to think holistically about the best ways to improve people's lives.

Keywords:   community care, social care, citizens' rights, ethics of care

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