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Love's labor : essays on women, equality, and dependency
Kittay, Eva Feder.
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New York : Routledge, 1999.
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xvii, 238 pages ; 24 cm.

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First Published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Author Notes

Eva Feder Kittay is Professor of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Stony Brook

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
Elusive Equalityp. 2
Feminist Critiques of Equalityp. 8
Should Women Still Want Equality?p. 17
Part 1 Love's Labor: The Requirements of Dependencyp. 21
Chapter 1 Relationships of Dependency and Equalityp. 23
Reflections on Being a Mother's Childp. 23
Dependency in the Human Conditionp. 29
Chapter 2 Vulnerability and the Moral Nature of Dependency Relationsp. 49
The Transparent Self of the Dependency Workerp. 51
Moral Obligations of Dependency Workers and an Ethics of Carep. 53
Moral Obligations to the Dependency Workerp. 64
Part 2 Political Liberalism and Human Dependencyp. 75
Dependency as a Criterion of Adequacyp. 75
The Role of Equality and Equality's Presuppositionsp. 78
The Arguments in Outlinep. 79
Chapter 3 The Presuppositions of Equalityp. 83
The Circumstances of Justice for a Well-Ordered Societyp. 83
The Idealization That "All Citizens Are Fully Cooperating Members of Society"p. 88
Free Persons Are "Self-Originating Sources of Valid Claims"p. 93
Chapter 4 The Benefits and Burdens of Social Cooperationp. 100
The Two Powers of a Moral Person and the Index of Primary Goodsp. 100
The Public Conception of Social Cooperationp. 104
Conclusion: The Principles of Justice and Dependency Concernsp. 109
Part 3 Some Mother's Childp. 115
Introductionp. 115
Chapter 5 Policy and a Public Ethic of Carep. 117
Welfare De-Formp. 117
Justifications of Welfarep. 122
The Family and Medical Leave Actp. 133
Welfare Re-Formed: A Vision of Welfare Based on Douliap. 140
Chapter 6 "Not My Way, Sesha. Your Way. Slowly." A Personal Narrativep. 147
A Child Is Bornp. 147
Portrait of Sesha at Twenty-Sevenp. 150
On the Very Possibility of Mothering and the Challenge of the Severely Disabled Childp. 152
Mothering Distributed: The Work of Dependency Carep. 154
Alternative Routes--Routes Not Takenp. 160
Chapter 7 Maternal Thinking with a Differencep. 162
Preservative Lovep. 163
Socialization for Acceptancep. 165
Fostering Developmentp. 169
Care for Disability and Social Justicep. 173
Lessons for the Theoreticianp. 178
Afterwordp. 182
Notesp. 189
Referencesp. 220
Indexp. 231