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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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Caring for ourselves? Self-care and neoliberalism

Caring for ourselves? Self-care and neoliberalism

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(p.45) Four Caring for ourselves? Self-care and neoliberalism
Source:
Ethics of Care
Author(s):

Lizzie Ward

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447316510.003.0004

Caring for ourselves informs of our species activity. Over recent years the concept of ‘self-care’ has been mobilized by policy makers and governments in the deepening of neoliberal objectives to dismantle public welfare resources and shift responsibility for care onto individual citizens. Yet ideas about self-care have a longer and wider history as part of collective struggles - for recognition of the experiences of disabled people, of women’s health movements challenging medical hierarchies and in contexts of community-led peer support and self-help groups. This chapter problematizes the concept of self-care and the implications of its co-option into neo-liberal objectives of enforcing individual responsibilities. It argues that an alternative articulation of self-care based in care ethics is vital if to secure government responsibility for the care and welfare of citizens.

Keywords:   neo liberalism, individual responsibility, self care, care ethics, welfare resources

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