We often think of care as personal or intimate, and citzenship as
political and public. In Carefair, Paul Kershaw urges us to
resist this private/public distinction, and makes a convincing case for
treating caregiving as a matter of citizenship that obliges and
empowers everyone in society.
Carefair has its roots in the rise of "duty"
discourses - in neoliberalism, communitarianism, the thrid way, social
conservatism, and feminism - that advocate renewed appreciation for
obligations in civil society. The convergence of these discourses,
Kershaw argues, signals the possibility for political compromise in
favour of policies that will deter men from free-riding on female care.
The author invites readers to rethink the role of care duties and
entitlements in their daily lives, in public policy, and in debates
about social inclusion. He provides a detailed blueprint for more
public investment in work-family balance, and recommends amendments to
Canadian parental leave, child care, and employment standards that
would collectively form a caregiving framework analogous to
Paul Kershaw is a professor in the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of British Columbia and a faculty member in the Human Early Learning Partnership.
Contents Acknowledgments 1 Lamenting the Lazy Lavatory Syndrome: Political Theory, Policy, and Civic Virtue 2 The American ExpressTM Model of Citizenship: The Social Liberal Tradition 3 The Celebrated Idiot: The Obliged Citizen 4 The Idiot's Acumen 5 Premature Celebration 6 Private Time for Social Inclusion 7 Carefair 8 The Politics of Time 9 From LEGOTM to Teeter-Totter: Social Investment in Work-Life Balance Notes References Index