Thursday, January 8, 2009

Loves Labor Essays on Women Equality and Dependency or Shaolin Nei Jin QI Gong

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

Sara Ruddick
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.

Iris Young
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:
Elusive Equality2
Feminist Critiques of Equality8
Should Women Still Want Equality?17
Part 1Love's Labor: The Requirements of Dependency21
Chapter 1Relationships of Dependency and Equality23
Reflections on Being a Mother's Child23
Dependency in the Human Condition29
Chapter 2Vulnerability and the Moral Nature of Dependency Relations49
The Transparent Self of the Dependency Worker51
Moral Obligations of Dependency Workers and an Ethics of Care53
Moral Obligations to the Dependency Worker64
Part 2Political Liberalism and Human Dependency75
Dependency as a Criterion of Adequacy75
The Role of Equality and Equality's Presuppositions78
The Arguments in Outline79
Chapter 3The Presuppositions of Equality83
The Circumstances of Justice for a Well-Ordered Society83
The Idealization That "All Citizens Are Fully Cooperating Members of Society"88
Free Persons Are "Self-Originating Sources of Valid Claims"93
Chapter 4The Benefits and Burdens of Social Cooperation100
The Two Powers of a Moral Person and the Index of Primary Goods100
The Public Conception of Social Cooperation104
Conclusion: The Principles of Justice and Dependency Concerns109
Part 3Some Mother's Child115
Chapter 5Policy and a Public Ethic of Care117
Welfare De-Form117
Justifications of Welfare122
The Family and Medical Leave Act133
Welfare Re-Formed: A Vision of Welfare Based on Doulia140
Chapter 6"Not My Way, Sesha. Your Way. Slowly." A Personal Narrative147
A Child Is Born147
Portrait of Sesha at Twenty-Seven150
On the Very Possibility of Mothering and the Challenge of the Severely Disabled Child152
Mothering Distributed: The Work of Dependency Care154
Alternative Routes--Routes Not Taken160
Chapter 7Maternal Thinking with a Difference162
Preservative Love163
Socialization for Acceptance165
Fostering Development169
Care for Disability and Social Justice173
Lessons for the Theoretician178

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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.

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