International Political Theory

Care Ethics, Democratic Citizenship and the State

Editors: Urban, Petr, Ward, Lizzie (Eds.)

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  • Speaks to current day problems, such as the rise in populism and the far right to the loss of trust in political systems
  • Presents new developments in the political theory of care and signals future directions in the development of care ethics
  • Comprehensively combines both theoretical insight and applied case studies
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This book reflects on theoretical developments in the political theory of care and new applications of care ethics in different contexts. The chapters provide original and fresh perspectives on the seminal notions and topics of a politically formulated ethics of care. It covers concepts such as democratic citizenship, social and political participation, moral and political deliberation, solidarity and situated attentive knowledge. It engages with current debates on marketizing and privatizing care, and deals with issues of state care provision and democratic caring institutions. It speaks to the current political and societal challenges, including the crisis of Western democracy related to the rise of populism and identity politics worldwide. The book brings together perspectives of care theorists from three different continents and ten different countries and gives voice to their unique local insights from various socio-political and cultural contexts.

Chapter 11 is available open access under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License via link.springer.com.

About the authors

Petr Urban is Senior Researcher at the Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic.
Lizzie Ward is Principal Research Fellow in the School of Applied Social Science at the University of Brighton, UK.

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Care Ethics, Democratic Citizenship and the State demonstrates clearly how care ethics is equipped to address the struggles and wishes of the age. Petr Urban and Lizzie Ward have carefully put together a remarkable collection of essays that compel us to reconsider what might be required to reclaim and reaffirm our democracies.  Framed within the ongoing challenges of neoliberalism and the emerging spectre of far-right populism, the chapters address theoretical considerations on listening, nurturing and time, as well as ‘real world’ care crises related to health, elder care and education. With contributions written by an estimable array of established and emerging international scholars, this volume is a giant leap forward in care ethics scholarship. But it is more than just a book for academics. Everyone who cares about the future of democracy should read this book.” (Fiona Robinson, Professor, Department of Political Science, Carleton University, Canada)

“This is an important contribution to our understanding of how care ethics can inform democracy and state administrative practices. It builds on and extends research on caring democracy by elucidating the deliberative, epistemic, and other components of democratic care. It likewise discusses in new and original ways the administrative and agency requirements for supporting caring relations – all with attention to diverse societies and contexts. This book provides state-of-the-art essays on some of the most exciting areas in political theory of care literature today.” (Daniel Engster, Professor and Director of the Ethics Center, Hobby School of Public Affairs, The University of Houston, USA)

“This book shows how much the ethic of care is alive among outstanding thinkers around the world. The transformative potential of thinking and working from and with care as a political concept is convincingly highlighted, while at the same time some pitfalls and biases are addressed. A must for everybody who wants to take care seriously as a basis for ‘living together as well as possible’.” (Selma Sevenhuijsen, Emeritus Professor in the Ethics and Politics of Care, Utrecht University, The Netherlands)

Care Ethics, Democratic Citizenship and the State wonderfully demonstrates the evolving maturation of care theory, and its application as an international collection of leading care scholars extends the boundaries of thinking on relationality in world democracies at a moment when traditional liberal theories have proven inadequate to ameliorate social and political life.” (Maurice Hamington, Professor in Philosophy, Portland State University, USA)

“An important book: these interesting explorations show why the new moral approaches of the ethics of care should transform our politics and our institutions.” (Virginia Held, Emeritus Professor, City University of New York, USA)

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Care Ethics, Democratic Citizenship and the State
Editors
  • Petr Urban
  • Lizzie Ward
Series Title
International Political Theory
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-41437-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-41437-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-41436-8
Series ISSN
2662-6039
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 318
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