We often think of care as personal or intimate, and citzenship aspolitical and public. In Carefair, Paul Kershaw urges us toresist this private/public distinction, and makes a convincing case fortreating caregiving as a matter of citizenship that obliges andempowers everyone in society.
Carefair has its roots in the rise of "duty"discourses - in neoliberalism, communitarianism, the thrid way, socialconservatism, and feminism - that advocate renewed appreciation forobligations in civil society. The convergence of these discourses,Kershaw argues, signals the possibility for political compromise infavour of policies that will deter men from free-riding on female care.The author invites readers to rethink the role of care duties andentitlements in their daily lives, in public policy, and in debatesabout social inclusion. He provides a detailed blueprint for morepublic investment in work-family balance, and recommends amendments toCanadian parental leave, child care, and employment standards thatwould collectively form a caregiving framework analogous toworkfare.
Paul Kershaw is a professor in the Faculty of GraduateStudies at the University of British Columbia and a faculty member inthe 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 LiberalTradition 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-LifeBalance Notes References Index