Caring About Caring: Gender, Subjectivity, and Parenting

Caring About Caring: Gender, Subjectivity, and Parenting Sex Roles (2008) 59:909–911 DOI 10.1007/s11199-008-9459-6 BOOK REVIEW The Capacity to Care: Gender and Ethical Subjectivity. By Wendy Hollway, East Sussex: Routledge, 2006. 152 pp. $80.00 (hardback). ISBN 0-415-39967-X $26.95 (paperback). ISBN 0415-39968-8 Debra Merskin Published online: 21 August 2008 Springer Science + Business Media, LLC 2008 Who cares? Moreover, is the capacity to care hard-wired in psychoanalytic model in light of societal changes in gender women but less so in men? These are among the questions roles. The book introduces modified views about gender Wendy Hollway asks in The Capacity to Care: Gender and differences in moral areas of ethics of care and justice Ethical Subjectivity. Whether caring, defined as an empha- models. Hollway advocates, given the changing nature of sis on moral subjectivity, interconnectedness, and a sense of traditional views about sex roles, for the need to transcend responsibility toward another’s well being, is biologically the gender binary and recognize flexibility and fluidity of based or culturally constituted is an old debate. Further- categories. more, whether caring and the capacity to care are To unpack this discussion, the reader is led through a something only women come by naturally, since their roles critical literature review of care, Sex Roles Springer Journals

Caring About Caring: Gender, Subjectivity, and Parenting

Sex Roles , Volume 59 (12) – Aug 21, 2008

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