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Depending on Care: Recognition of Vulnerability and the Social Contribution of Care Provision


Dodds, SM, Depending on Care: Recognition of Vulnerability and the Social Contribution of Care Provision, Bioethics, 21, (9) pp. 500-510. ISSN 0269-9702 (2007) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1467-8519.2007.00595.x


People who are paid to provide basic care for others are frequently undervalued, exploited and expected to reach often unrealistic standards of care. I argue that appropriate social recognition, support and fair pay for people who provide care for those who are disabled, frail and aged, or suffering ill health that impedes their capacity to negotiate daily activities without support, depends on a reconsideration of the paradigm of the citizen or and moral agent. I argue that by drawing on the ideas of human vulnerability and dependency as central to our personhood, a more realistic conception of selves, citizens and persons can be developed that better recognises the inevitability of human dependency and the social value of care work. I also indicate the significance of this vulnerability-focussed view for ethical evaluation of the emotional aspects of care relationships.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:care paid care vulnerability dependence care work
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Applied ethics
Research Field:Bioethics
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in philosophy and religious studies
UTAS Author:Dodds, SM (Professor Susan Dodds)
ID Code:58339
Year Published:2007
Web of Science® Times Cited:41
Deposited By:Philosophy
Deposited On:2009-09-29
Last Modified:2010-05-13
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