The Ethics of Care

An ethics of care can help us to re-frame policymaking as a process that builds community. Care can support progress towards gender and racial justice, as well as green, well-being economies.

As family breadwinner, Arlene feels COVID-19 has greatly affected her means to provide for her family. Photo: Jed Regala
As family breadwinner, Arlene feels that COVID-19 has greatly affected her means to provide for her family. She is thankful for the help of children. Photo: Jed Regala

Coronavirus puts our social contract to the test

More importantly, however, is that the dominant extractive capitalist economic system ravaged our collective worldviews.

Care sustains communities

Nonetheless, there is one particular “silver lining” that Penny’s article mused on that identifies our unexpected saving grace: when the structures start to fail, we finally see what really sustains communities: caring. Or Bakery, as Penny calls it. Her remarks are as daring as they are darling, because in a global context in which individualism, “survival-of-the-richest”, and meritocratic myths are the dominant narratives driving social organization, caring is an undeniably radical act.

What would a future built on an ethics of care look like?

Revisiting care through an ethical lens allows us to shine new light on interdependence and social relations in social, political and economic communities.

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Oxfam is a world-wide development organization that mobilizes the power of people against poverty.

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Oxfam is a world-wide development organization that mobilizes the power of people against poverty.