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Feminist Ethics and Social Policy

Towards a New Global Political Economy of Care

As national borders become more permeable, women are increasingly travelling from poor to rich countries to take up jobs as care workers. The struggle to maintain a healthy work-care balance in Western nations is creating a care deficit in the developing world. This volume links ethics to the social politics of care by examining the implications of the feminization of migrant labour and the shortcomings of social policy. From Canada to Sweden and from Korea to Japan, renowned and emerging scholars reveal that a truly feminist ethics of care must be grounded in the concrete lives of real people working in transnational webs of social relations.

244 pages

Table of Contents

Introduction / Rianne Mahon and Fiona Robinson

Part 1: The Transnational Movement of Care

1 Towards a Transnational Analysis of the Political Economy of Care / Fiona Williams

2 Migration and Globalized Care Work: The Case of Internationally Educated Nurses in Canada / Christina Gabriel

3 The Global Migration of Care Labour: Filipino Workers in Japan / Hironori Onuki

Part 2: Transnational Influence of Care Discourses

4 Transnationalizing (Child) Care Policy: The OECD and the World Bank / Rianne Mahon

5 Social Investment Policy in South Korea / Ito Peng

6 Reimagined Intimate Relations: Elder and Child Care in Japan since the 1990s / Yuki Tsuji

Part 3: The Transnational Ethics of Care

7 Care Ethics and the Transnationalization of Care: Reflections on Autonomy, Hegemonic Masculinities, and Globalization / Fiona Robinson

8 The Dark Side of Care: The Push Factors of Human Trafficking / Olena Hankivsky

9 A Feminist Democratic Ethics of Care and Global Care Workers: Citizenship and Responsibility / Joan C. Tronto

Conclusion: Integrating the Ethics and Politics of Care / Rianne Mahon and Fiona Robinson




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