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Child care

2001

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Care As A Public Value: Linking Responsibility, Resources, And Republicanism, Linda C. Mcclain Jan 2001

Care As A Public Value: Linking Responsibility, Resources, And Republicanism, Linda C. Mcclain

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I begin this Article with the preceding two statements concerning care for children because they focus on the relationship between resources and responsibility and capture two conflicting approaches to that relationship. The first statement resists a definition of "responsibility" that leaves out the work of social reproduction, that is, of caring for children and preparing them to take their place as responsible, self-governing members of society. Highlighting the lack of resources that poor parents face when tackling the work of social reproduction, the statement also suggests common ground among parents across class lines as to the importance of caring for …