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Citizenship and the Ethics of Care: Feminist Considerations by Selma Sevenhuijsen

By Selma Sevenhuijsen

Care and women's emancipation have frequently been noticeable as adversarial. Politicians have started to seem back on the factor of care within the context of recent reforms within the welfare country, wellbeing and fitness care rules and kinfolk legislation. utilizing concrete examples taken from parental rights situations, healthiness care schooling and the general public well-being quarter. utilizing concrete examples taken from the perform and discourse of care, these present in parental rights concerns, well-being care schooling, the relatives and within the public healthiness area, Sevenhuijsen argues for revaluation of care from a feminist point of view.

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This raises the question of when gender identity is actually relevant for the networks in which we live our lives and for the contexts in which we express our political involvement. In politics we have to judge between good and evil. In postmodernity we lack solid foundations for making such judgements: the need to live with contingency and ambiguity, and ‘without illusions’, leaves us with no other option than to trust a will to be ‘truly moral’, to be found in a human ability for autonomous judgement based on our beingin-the-world with others.

Adults are confronted with care in work situations, in friendships and in relationships with children, parents and relatives. A common issue is the balance between care for oneself and responsibility for others. Children are no longer, as a rule, born and raised in a life-long relationship between a man and a woman. We have to relate to issues such as test-tube babies, artificial insemination, egg donation, surrogate motherhood and prenatal screening, and the way in which the modern reproductive technologies influence kinship cultures.

Because citizenship is a normative concept, this slogan can contribute to patterns of ‘objectifying otherness’, and thus to an inability to feel connected with others and to deal with difference (Young 1990a; Tronto 1993). 16 This idea is one of the main themes of this book. 17 Care and ethics as textual practice With this plea to regard care and the ethics of care as a social practice, I have, in a certain sense, contributed to a long-standing questioning in feminist philosophy of the elevated position of ethics as an academic discipline (see also Braidotti 1986).

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