Recovering the Radical Potential of a Feminist Ethic of Care I: Exploring Practices of 'Caring With'

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Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM (MDT)
Room: Napoleon A2, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
Organizers: Jennifer Porter, Amy Piedalue
Chairs: Jennifer Porter


This session examines caring relationships within unequal political circumstances and across distances (both social and locational). It seeks to generate a dialogue around Joan Tronto's “caring with” as a crucial component of a feminist ethic of care, which remains critically engaged with caring relations and labor whilst engaging care as a practice which trains for democratic engagement. In particular, we aim to consider the relevance of feminist care ethics and the political substance of relationships of caring within spaces where there is: (1) unequal access to resources (material and social); (2) social distance (the presence of otherness); and/or (3) an imbalance of caregiving and receiving. Extending from Tronto and Evelyn Nakano Glenn’s provocations to attend to how care (re)produces inequalities, this session will engage more closely with the voices of those being cared for, receiving care, or that are discursively constructed as needing care. The papers in this session explore people who can self-care become capable of empathizing with those who cannot, and how those distances are engaged in political and social movements. Further, they engage how does 'caring with' differ from 'caring for' or 'about' in practice: how are those constructed as needing care incorporated into or excluded from these movements.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Sarah Suiter*, , Caring (With) Bodies 20 8:00 AM
Presenter Amy Coplen*, Portland State University, “Survival Pending Revolution”: Building worker power through mutual aid in a fast food chain 20 8:20 AM
Presenter Arthur Benjamin Adapon*, Dartmouth College, A Care Ethical Response to Rodrigo Duterte's War on Drugs: From Rappler Towards a More Caring Filipino Democracy 20 8:40 AM
Presenter Jennifer Porter*, University of Washington, Recuperando la tierra: the framing of expertise for community activism in a marginalized urban community in Costa Rica 20 9:00 AM
Discussant Victoria Lawson University of Washington 20 9:20 AM

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