Caring Democracy

Caring Democracy : Markets, Equality, and Justice

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Americansnow face a caring deficit: there are simply too many demands on people's timefor us to care adequately for our children, elderly people, and ourselves.At the same time, political involvement inthe United States is at an all-time low, and although political life shouldhelp us to care better, people see caring as unsupported by public life anddeem the concerns of politics as remote from their lives. Caring Democracy argues that we need to rethink American democracy,as well as our fundamental values and commitments, from a caring perspective. Whatit means to be a citizen is to be someone who takes up the challenge: howshould we best allocate care responsibilities in society? Joan Tronto argues that we need tolook again at how gender, race, class, and market forces misallocate caringresponsibilities and think about freedom and equality from the standpoint of makingcaring more just.The idea thatproduction and economic life are the most important political and humanconcerns ignores the reality that caring, for ourselves and others, should bethe highest value that shapes how we view the economy, politics, andinstitutions such as schools and the family. Care is at the center of our humanlives, but Tronto argues it is currently too far removed from the concerns ofpolitics. Caring Democracy traces the reasons for this disconnection andargues for the need to make care, not economics, the central concern ofdemocratic political life.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 20.32mm | 385.55g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0814782787
  • 9780814782781
  • 295,767

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Table of contents

C o n t e n t s Preface ixAcknowledgments xviiIntroduction: When Care Is No Longer "at Home" 1Part I : Envi s ioning a Caring D emocracy1 Redefining Democracy as Settling Disputesabout Care Responsibilities 172 Why Personal Responsibility Isn't Enough for Democracy 46Part I I : How We Care Now3 Tough Guys Don't Care . . . Do They?Gender, Freedom, and Care 674 Vicious Circles of Privatized Caring:Care, Equality, and Democracy 955 Can Markets Be Caring? Markets, Care, and Justice 114Part I I I : Imagining D emocratic Caring Practice sand Caring D emocraci e s6 Democratic Caring 1397 Caring Democracy 169 Notes 183Bibliography 191Index 215About the Author 22
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"Is democracy just a matter of voterturnout? No, Tronto argues in this importantparadigm-shifting book-it also connects us to one another through aresponsibility to care. The neo-liberal call to an `ownership society' erodesthat responsibility by giving out `passes.' With the `bootstrap pass' one cansay, `it's enough to care for me and mine.' With the `charity pass' one can say`we'll help only the few we chose.'Readthis book and open your eyes."-Arlie Hochschild,author of The Outsourced Self: Intimate Life in Market Times "In this wonderful book from one of today'sleading feminist political theorists, Joan Tronto argues that democracy is in atime of crisis-and she is right. Identifying the `passes' that some of us getfor sharing responsibility for care, particularly men and the wealthy, shecalls for a `democratic care revolution.' Though keenly aware of the personaland private character of many care activities, Tronto makes a compelling casefor care as a public good and for rethinking the way in which caringresponsibilities are carried out in order to achieve the freedom, equality, andjustice that are necessary not only to better care, but to better democracy. Hernotion of `caring with' as a fundamental democratic ideal brings a much-neededcorrective to the literature on care that enables us to think more concretelyabout how society needs to be restructured to meet the care needs of allcitizens. The argument is thoughtful, careful, meticulous, and indeed,riveting."-Nancy J. Hirschmann,author of Gender, Class, and Freedom in Modern Political Theory
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About Joan C. Tronto

Joan C. Tronto is Professor
of Political Science at the University of Minnesota. She is the
author of Moral Boundaries: A Political
Argument for an Ethic of Care (Routledge).
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