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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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Care, Gender, and Justice

Diemut Elisabet Bubeck

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the outlook of the necessary labour debate and the theories on the exploitation of women as wives and carers. It addresses the claim that an ethic of care can function as an oppressive ideology that serves to perpetuate women's part in the sexual division of labour by making them continue to care even when such care is exploitative in nature. It reconsiders the flaws in Nel Noddings' concept of caring and compares her overall theory with a proposed conception of women's work as care.

Keywords:   necessary labour debate, exploitation of women, wives, carers, division of labour, women's work

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