An ethic of care is concerned most of all with contextualizing the human condition, being responsive to people's individual differences through a particular form of engagement, and taking into account the consequences of decisions in terms of relieving burdens, hurt, or suffering. In Social Policy and the Ethic of Care, Hankivsky considers the implications of this ethic for a range of Canadian social policy issues. Through a series of case studies, she demonstrates the extent to which a care orientation differs from a justice orientation, and provides an alternative normative framework for interpreting, understanding, and evaluating social policy. She reveals why Canadian social policy is lacking and how it could be made more effective and robust by the inclusion of an ethic of care.
Olena Hankivsky is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science, and adjunct professor in the Department of Women's Studies at Simon Fraser University.
Preface and Acknowledgments Introduction 1 First-Generation Care Theorists and Liberal Assessments of Care 2 Second-Generation Care Theorists and the Moral Principles of Care 3 The Interpretation of Equality: A Study of Section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms 4 Therapeutic Jurisprudence: A Care-Informed Approach for Compensating Victims of Institutional Abuse 5 Economic Costing in Social Policy: The Ethics of Quantifying Intangible Losses 6 Caregiving: Reconceptualizing the Public/Private Divide Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index