As the boundaries between nations become more permeable, women areincreasingly on the move, travelling from poor countries to rich onesto work as nannies, nurses, teachers, maids, and sex workers. Thestruggle to maintain a healthy balance between work, family, and carein Western nations is creating a care deficit in the developingworld. Feminist Ethics and Social Policy links ethics to thesocial politics of care by revealing the implications of thefeminization of migrant labour and the shortcomings of social policy atthe national level. Drawing on invative theories of gender and race, global justice and neocolonialism, and care and masculinity, rewnedand emerging scholars trace how recent policy developments aretransforming the lives of female care workers in Canada, Sweden, Korea, and Japan and sparking national debates on care. They demonstrate thatethics cant be separated from practice -- an ethics of care that isboth political and critical must be grounded in the concrete activitiesof real people working in transnational webs of social relations. This timely volume offers a rare cross-national comparison of carearrangements and national debates on the ethics of care in the contextof a globalizing world.
Rianne Mahon is the CIGI Chair in comparative social policy at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and a professor at Wilfrid Laurier University. Fiona Robinson is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Carleton University. Other contributors: Christina Gabriel, Olena Hankivsky, Hironori Onuki, Ito Peng, Joan Tronto, Yuki Tsuji, Fiona Williams