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Ending Midlife BiasNew Values for Old Age$
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Nancy S. Jecker

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190949075

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190949075.001.0001

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Who Cares?

Who Cares?

(p.185) 7 Who Cares?
Ending Midlife Bias

Nancy S. Jecker

Oxford University Press

Chapter 7 asks who will meet the growing demand for long-term care services as the proportion of care-dependent older adults increases. It explores meeting demand by relying on family caregivers and migrant workers and raises justice concerns with each related to respect for caregiver dignity. Dignity violations arise for family caregivers in both Confucian-influenced societies, which stress filial piety, and Western societies, which emphasize individual autonomy. Chapter 7 argues that families are subject to justice principles and defends feminist views on families, which regard just family structures as necessary for a just state. Hiring low-wage migrant workers from poor nations to support family caregiving also raises justice concerns. When care moves across borders, forging global care chains between nations, the conditions in which migrant caregivers live and work often fail to uphold dignity. Without safeguards to avoid bait-and-switch tactics and protect fundamental human dignities, migrant work violates justice principles.

Keywords:   long-term care, family caregiver, filial duty, Confucian virtue ethics, migrant care workers, migrant caregivers, algorithmic bias, sociable robots, dignity

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