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Past Caring?: Women, work and emotion

Past Caring?: Women, work and emotion (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

Edited by Brookes, Barbara
Edited by McCabe, Jane
Edited by Wanhalla, Angela

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Are women past caring? Care is essential to social relationships and individual well-being. It is woven into New Zealands key social institutions, such as the family, and is also embedded in societal expectations around state provision of health and welfare. Care is so vital, in ...fact, that it is often taken for granted and goes unnoticed and unrewarded. Historical and philosophical enquiry have largely ignored the issue of care, yet it raises profound questions about gender, justice and morality. The essays in this volume raise those questions directly at the level of abstraction where prominent New Zealand women philosophers grappled with the political implications, and on the ground at the level of family relationships. Understanding the history of care requires attention to personal narratives, such as a Ma ori grandmothers story, a Rarotongan leaders concept of duty to her people, or the sense of service that drove a long-term social worker. Memories of childhood night-time care are carried across the ocean from North East India. The depiction of sole-carer mothers in New Zealand film suggests a caring alternative to the celebrated concept of man alone. The case studies examined focus on the everyday nature of care operating across domestic, institutional and political spaces, and build upon areas of strength in womens history with its interest in family, motherhood, health, welfare, education and employment. The foundations of Past Caring? lie with Making Women Visible, a national conference on womens history held at the University of Otago in February 2016. This important volume opens up a set of perspectives and experiences of caring to begin a conversation about urgent questions facing New Zealand society. How do we recognise, reward and do justice to those acts that hold our society together?
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ISBN 9781988531342
Published NZ 1 Feb 2019
Publisher Otago University Press
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
593 In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days

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ISBN-13 9781988531342
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Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Otago University Press
Imprint Otago University Press
Published 1 Feb 2019
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) Edited by Brookes, Barbara
Edited by McCabe, Jane
Edited by Wanhalla, Angela
Category Feminism
Social Institutions
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 286
Dimensions Width: 150mm
Height: 230mm
Dewey Code 305.40993
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Women - Social conditions - New Zealand, Women - History - 20th century - New Zealand, Women, Women - Social conditions, Women - New Zealand - Social conditions
NBS Text Social Studies: General
ONIX Text General/trade