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Diemut Elisabet Bubeck

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198279907

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198279907.001.0001

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Women's Work as Care

Women's Work as Care

(p.127) 4 Women's Work as Care
Care, Gender, and Justice

Diemut Elisabet Bubeck

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a new conception of women's exploitation as carers, the development of which was based on an account of women's work as care. It explains the four aspects of care: the properties of care, the psychology of care, the ethic of care, and the gendered nature of care. It argues that, based on a certain understanding of the ethic of care, the practice of care raised questions of justice both about the distribution of care to those in need and about the distribution of burden of care to carers. It concludes that a theory of care needs to incorporate considerations of justice, especially a conception of women's exploitation as carers.

Keywords:   exploitation of women, care, ethics, justice, distribution of care

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