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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 in everyday life

Marian Barnes

Policy Press

Many people are employed in jobs that are linked to care. But it is in this context that care as a value has come under particular attack. The work of those paid to care for disabled people and others has been criticised for denying the right of individuals to make their own decisions about the support they need in order to live their lives as they choose. Criticisms of the practices of some ‘care workers’ has translated into a rejection of care as a value in favour of other values – in particular the linked duo of ‘choice and control’. This chapter considers what an ethic of care analysis can offer to understanding care work of different types. It emphasies the need to look not only at what workers do, but the context in which they do it, for example, the way in which care workers are employed and rewarded, and the extent to which such work is being undertaken by women migrants who may have left their own family members in the care of others. It proposes what ‘care full practice’ can look like.

Keywords:   Choice, Personalisation, Ethical practice, Power relations, Caring institutions, Social justice, Reciprocity

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