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Who Cares?How to Reshape a Democratic Politics$
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Joan C. Tronto

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781501702747

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501702747.001.0001

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Making the Caring-With Revolution Happen

Making the Caring-With Revolution Happen

(p.28) Making the Caring-With Revolution Happen
Who Cares?

Joan C. Tronto

Cornell University Press

This chapter focuses the road towards creating a more caring democracy. It argues that as citizens in a caring democracy, we need to change the discourse about care, our own daily concerns with care, and political and social institutions to make them more caring. We need to stop trusting that “the market” will somehow magically meet all caring needs. Instead, we need to care enough “about” care to start caring “for” care. We need to demand that caring responsibilities be reallocated in a way that is consistent with other values, such as equality, justice, and freedom. A truly free society makes people free to care. A truly equal society gives people equal chances to be well cared for, and to engage in caring relationships. A truly just society does not use the market to hide current and past injustices. The purpose of economic life is to support care, not the other way around. And in a democratic society everyone should be able to live well—not just the few.

Keywords:   democracy, caring, democratic care, democratic society

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