Love's Labor: Essays on Women Equality and Dependency
Author: Eva Feder Kittay
Where society is viewed as an association of equal and autonomous persons, the work of caring for dependents, "love's labors", figure neither in political theory nor in social policy. While some women have made many gains, equality continues to elude many others, because, in large measure, social institutions fail to take into account the dependency of childhood, illness and disability and, frail old age and fail to adequately support those who care for dependents, "the dependency workers".
Eva Feder Kittay explores the significance of dependency work by analyzing John Rawls' influential liberal theory and two examples of public policy--welfare "reform" and family leave--to show how both theory and policy fail women when they miss the centrality of dependency to questions of justice. A vision of equality emerges, one which recognizes that those who care for others require the support of the larger community.
What People Are Saying
Love's Labor combines rigorous analysis, informed political argument and passionate personal reflection. This is a magnificent book which might just transform the way we do political philosophy and lead our political lives.
Kittay cogently argues than any conception of justice must explicitly attend to the particular situations of dependent people and those who care for them. Her critical analyses of major theories of justice and her proposals for principles guided by the requirements of dependency work constitute a major breakthrough for political theory.
Table of Contents:
|Feminist Critiques of Equality||8|
|Should Women Still Want Equality?||17|
|Part 1||Love's Labor: The Requirements of Dependency||21|
|Chapter 1||Relationships of Dependency and Equality||23|
|Reflections on Being a Mother's Child||23|
|Dependency in the Human Condition||29|
|Chapter 2||Vulnerability and the Moral Nature of Dependency Relations||49|
|The Transparent Self of the Dependency Worker||51|
|Moral Obligations of Dependency Workers and an Ethics of Care||53|
|Moral Obligations to the Dependency Worker||64|
|Part 2||Political Liberalism and Human Dependency||75|
|Dependency as a Criterion of Adequacy||75|
|The Role of Equality and Equality's Presuppositions||78|
|The Arguments in Outline||79|
|Chapter 3||The Presuppositions of Equality||83|
|The Circumstances of Justice for a Well-Ordered Society||83|
|The Idealization That "All Citizens Are Fully Cooperating Members of Society"||88|
|Free Persons Are "Self-Originating Sources of Valid Claims"||93|
|Chapter 4||The Benefits and Burdens of Social Cooperation||100|
|The Two Powers of a Moral Person and the Index of Primary Goods||100|
|The Public Conception of Social Cooperation||104|
|Conclusion: The Principles of Justice and Dependency Concerns||109|
|Part 3||Some Mother's Child||115|
|Chapter 5||Policy and a Public Ethic of Care||117|
|Justifications of Welfare||122|
|The Family and Medical Leave Act||133|
|Welfare Re-Formed: A Vision of Welfare Based on Doulia||140|
|Chapter 6||"Not My Way, Sesha. Your Way. Slowly." A Personal Narrative||147|
|A Child Is Born||147|
|Portrait of Sesha at Twenty-Seven||150|
|On the Very Possibility of Mothering and the Challenge of the Severely Disabled Child||152|
|Mothering Distributed: The Work of Dependency Care||154|
|Alternative Routes--Routes Not Taken||160|
|Chapter 7||Maternal Thinking with a Difference||162|
|Socialization for Acceptance||165|
|Care for Disability and Social Justice||173|
|Lessons for the Theoretician||178|
Shaolin Nei Jin QI Gong: Ancient Healing in the Modern World
Author: Peter Fenton
SHAOLIN NEI JIN QI GONG explains sixteen basic exercises to prolong life, including working with the fingers. These exercises are easy! Written by a teacher who knows what he is doing. You won't be able to wait to get started.
Fenton teaches an ancient and venerable Chinese discipline well known among martial artists and those who specialize in traditional Chinese Medicine.