By Marian Barnes
Care has been struggled for, resisted and celebrated. The failure to care in 'care companies' has been obvious as a human rights challenge and facts of malaise in modern society. yet care has additionally been implicated within the oppression of disabled humans and demoted in favour of selection in healthiness and social care providers. during this daring large ranging booklet Marian Barnes argues for care as a necessary worth in inner most lives and public guidelines. She considers the significance of care to health and social justice and applies insights from feminist care ethics to care paintings, and care inside own relationships. She additionally seems at 'stranger relationships', how we relate to the areas during which we are living, and how within which public deliberation approximately social coverage happens. This booklet could be very important interpreting for all these desirous to practice relational understandings of humanity to social coverage and perform.
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The social contract that forms the basis for just treatment among persons living together in whatever form of social organisation assumes parties to that contract who are ‘free, equal and independent’. Each of these conditions is seen as necessary to the pursuit of justice: people cannot enter unforced into a contract if they are in the power of another – that is, as a slave to another; for a contract to be freely entered into also requires not only moral equality but an equivalence in terms of power and resources; and finally parties to a social contract should not be asymmetrically dependent on others.
I develop the implications of these perspectives when I consider the relevance of care to stranger relationships in Chapter Six. The relational ontology of care calls attention not only to the particular, personal needs of individuals, but also to the sociopolitical context in which those needs are produced and experienced, and to the processes by which difference and consequent exclusions are constructed. This will become clearer as I explore the significance of care in different contexts. But before moving on to explore these it is necessary to consider other ways in which relational concepts of the individual have been promoted as a basis for policy.
Those identifications referred to a specific dyad. Nell cared for her disabled son James; Emily had cared for her husband Edward who had developed dementia; Bridget had cared for her mother Anne. What such identification did not recognise was what we might call the ‘care history’ of these people, both as care givers and care receivers; nor did it recognise the care history of those they currently cared for as givers as well as receivers of care. Such histories included the experiences of a mother of an autistic son whom I discovered was herself disabled.