Care in Everyday Life

An Ethic of Care in Practice

Marian Barnes

Care in Everyday Life

Marian Barnes

Distributed for Bristol University Press

210 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2012
Paper $42.95 ISBN: 9781847428226 Published October 2012 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $111.00 ISBN: 9781847428233 Published October 2012 For sale in North and South America only

The essential idea of care in health and social policy has recently been swept aside as governments increasingly focus on freedom of choice in health and social services. In this wide-ranging book, Marian Barnes attempts to restore care as a fundamental value in private lives and public policy. Applying feminist ethics to topics such as well-being, social justice, and the ways we relate to one another and the places in which we live, she examines the public debate on care in social policy. Both accessible and broad, Care in Everyday Life reintroduces a much-needed humanitarian perspective on the policies and practices that affect so many people.

About the author

1. Introduction
2. Conceptual, philosophical and political perspectives on care
3. Care in families
4. Working at care
5. Friends, neighbours and communities
6. Civility, respect, care and justice: the ‘comfort of strangers’?
7. Places and environments
8. Spaces of policy making: deliberating with care
9. Care: ethics, policy and politics

Review Quotes
Joan C. Tronto, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
“In this wide-ranging analysis of various locales where feminists have applied an ethic of care, Barnes convincingly shows the centrality of care in understanding human life and social policy.”
J. C. Altman, Adelphi University | Choice
“Barnes packs a persuasive message in her latest text: care is hard to do. . . . Strengths of this book include plentiful examples from the author’s and others’ research, her careful attention to social justice and global perspectives, and long experience writing about this topic.”
Journal of Social Policy
“It is fascinating for those of us who have participated in the development of care ethics as moral theory, whilst being relatively unfamiliar with day-to-day practice in social work, socially provided care of the disabled, and the like, to see how the theory plays out in an area of application such as that described by Barnes.” 
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