Call for comments! Care Ethics and Geography

Professor Parvati Raghuram (Geography and Migration at the Open University, UK) has written a paper about the Ethics of Care called “Dis-locating care ethics: race, place and geography”. In this paper she argues that care ethics needs emplacing. This emplacement, she says, should extend beyond sites in the global North so that feminist theories of care can take account of the diversity of care practices globally. Moreover, given the increasing globalization of care, different notions of care meet. She calls for theorizing the relations between these different kinds of care and the ethics that drive them. Finally, a relational and dynamic understanding of varied care offers new theoretical, political and empirical agendas both within geography and for feminist theory, according to Raghuram.

This paper is part of a trilogy. In the trilogy the next one is on race and the third on migration. We of ethicsofcare.org can exclusively post the first paper online for one week. Raghuram is looking for comments and discussion, so, you are kindly invited to get in touch with her: Parvati.Raghuram@open.ac.uk.

This is the abstract of her paper:

“In care ethics, caring is seen to be embedded in practice and locally contingent. However, despite a large and thriving literature on care practices as they vary across the globe, the implications of the different meanings and geohistories of care for the ethics of care have hardly been addressed. Rather, most theorisations of care ethics have implicitly conceptualised care as a universal practice or drawn on care as practised in the global North. This paper argues that care ethics needs emplacing and this emplacement should extend beyond sites in the global North so that feminist theories of care can take account of the diversity of care practices globally. Moreover, given the increasing globalisation of care, different notions of care meet. As care is relational and enacted across space, the differences in care ethics between places have to be negotiated. This paper, therefore, calls not just for recognising multiplicity in care ethics or even multicultural care ethics, but for theorising the relations between different kinds of care and the ethics that drive them. Finally, both care relations and understandings of care are dynamic; they alter as people migrate which too needs consideration. This paper argues that such a relational and dynamic understanding of varied care offers new theoretical, political and empirical agendas both within geography and for feminist theory.”

About the author: Tessa Smorenburg

Tessa Smorenburg

Tessa Smorenburg (1987) graduated as a master in Ethics of Care and Policy at the University of Humanistic Studies in Utrecht (NL) in 2015. Her thesis concerned the discourse of transgender people in Dutch society.
She now cooperates with artists, assuming the role of journalist, and makes use of her knowledge and experience in the field of the ethics of care to provide perspective.
In her own artistic endeavours, like the collages that are her trade, she is intrigued by issues of gender and examining her position in society from a female perspective.