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Ethics of CareCritical advances in international perspective$
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Tula Brannelly, Lizzie Ward, and Nicki Ward

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447316510

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447316510.001.0001

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Beyond the dyad: exploring the multidimensionality of care

Beyond the dyad: exploring the multidimensionality of care

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(p.31) Three Beyond the dyad: exploring the multidimensionality of care
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Ethics of Care
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Marian Barnes

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447316510.003.0003

The ethics of care offers a broad understanding of care as a ‘species activity’ that encompasses diverse contexts and relationships. This means needing to look beyond one to one relationships that clearly distinguish care givers from care receivers to understand the diversity of what care means in practice, and what the ethical implications are. This chapter considers how to conceptualise diverse caring relationships, including ‘collective care’ that involves networks or groups of individuals. It also reviews ways in which the ethics of care helps us think about issues of presence/distance and of degrees of intimacy within caring relationships. Finally, it considers the significance of time: past, present and future, in relation to care both in personal contexts where past relationships and future aspirations and fears affect care, but also political perspectives on collective responsibilities for past wrongs and future needs.

Keywords:   ethics of care, caring relationships, collective responsibility, intimacy, time

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