Care-Centered Politics – From the Home to the Planet

Robert Gottlieb

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  • MIT Press
  • 2022
  • ISBN 9780262543750
  • 248 pages
  • Sofcover
  • 25 × 22.8 × 2 cm

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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Table Of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
1 Care Politics: An Introduction 1
2 Care Work/Care Activity 21
3 Earth Care 45
4 A Care Economy 69
5 Care, Repair, and Transform: The Crises of 2020-2021 95
6 Pathways for Change: A Care-Centered Politics Agenda 131
7 Universal Care: A Conclusion 161
Notes 185
Index 225

Robert Gottlieb is Professor Emeritus of Urban and Environmental Policy and the Founder and former Director of the Urban & Environmental Policy Institute at Occidental College. He is the coauthor of Food Justice and Global Cities (both published by the MIT Press).

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