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Susan Himmelweit & Ania Plomien

In: The SAGE Handbook of Feminist Theory

Chapter 26: Feminist Perspectives on Care: Theory, Practice and Policy

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Feminist Perspectives on Care: Theory, Practice and Policy
Feminist perspectives on care: Theory, practice and policy
SusanHimmelweit and AniaPlomien
Introduction

Feminist theory across a number of disciplinary fields has made a significant contribution to the understanding of care and to the development of its policy and practice in a variety of societal contexts. Care is a key feminist concern because its provision remains so stubbornly gendered and this has important implications for what men and women can do. How care is provided, therefore, also has consequences for the functioning of economies and the wellbeing of societies. Despite the high profile that care and gender equality have attained in the recent years, policy remains underdeveloped and the importance of care is often inadequately reflected in mainstream theories.

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