Care-Centered Politics

Care-Centered Politics

From the Home to the Planet

By Robert Gottlieb

Why a care economy and care-centered politics can influence and reorient such issues as health, the environment, climate, race, inequality, gender, and immigration.

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Why a care economy and care-centered politics can influence and reorient such issues as health, the environment, climate, race, inequality, gender, and immigration.

This agenda-setting book presents a framework for creating a more just and equitable care-centered world. Climate change, pandemic events, systemic racism, and deep inequalities have all underscored the centrality of care in our lives. Yet care work is, for the most part, undervalued and exploited. In this book, Robert Gottlieb examines how a care economy and care politics can influence and remake health, climate, and environmental policy, as well as the institutions and practices of daily life. He shows how, through this care-centered politics, we can build an ethics of care and a society of cooperation, sharing, and solidarity.

Arguing that care is a form of labor, Gottlieb expands the ways we think about home care, child care, elder care, and other care relationships. He links them to the Green New Deal, Medicare for All, immigration, and the militarization of daily life. He also provides perspective on the events of 2020 and 2021 (including the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and movements calling attention to racism and inequality) as they relate to a care politics. Care, says Gottlieb, must be universal—whether healthcare for all, care for the earth, care at work, or care for the household, shared equally by men and women. Care-centered politics is about strategic and structural reforms that imply radical and revolutionary change. Gottlieb offers a practical, mindful, yet also utopian, politics of daily life.

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$30.00 X ISBN: 9780262543750 248 pp. | 6 in x 9 in

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  • “Care for others is the moral hub of a great progressive wheel. Robert Gottlieb does a brilliant job connecting all the spokes with a powerfully unifying message.”

    Nancy Folbre

    Professor Emerita of Economics, UMass Amherst

  • “This much-needed volume explores care from every angle, a concept not featured much in our public discourse, and shows us why, for example, it became part of the Green New Deal as much as solar panels.”

    Bill McKibben

    author of The Flag, the Cross, and the Station Wagon

  • “Economic sufficiency, real food, dignity for elders, racial justice: How do they tie together? With concrete and specific policy proposals, Gottlieb shows how care serves as the heart of a progressive agenda.”

    Joan Tronto

    Professor Emerita, University of Minnesota

  • “Gottlieb brings together feminist and ecosocialist traditions to insist that care, grounded in egalitarian relationships, must be the unifying principle for any democratic, emancipatory, life-sustaining politics in the twenty-first century.”

    Gabriel Winant

    Assistant Professor of History, University of Chicago; author of The Next Shift