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Rethinking Care Ethics: On the Promise and Potential of an Intersectional Analysis


This article contributes to current debates and discussions in critical social theory about diversity, inclusion/exclusion, power, and social justice by exploring intersectionality as an important theoretical resource to further develop and advance care ethics. Using intersectionality as a critical reference point, the investigation highlights two key shortcomings of care ethics which stem from this ethics’ prioritization of gender and gendered power relations: inadequate conceptualizations of diversity and power. The article draws on concrete examples related to migrant domestic work to illustrate how an intersectionality lens can advance new theoretical insights for understanding caring practices (or lack of them), and generate new methodological and practical strategies for confronting and transforming the deeply entrenched interlocking power inequities that undermine the realization of care in an increasingly complex context of national and international policy and politics.

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Olena Hankivsky is Professor, School of Public Policy, Simon Fraser University (Harbour Centre Campus), Rm. 3275 - 515 West Hastings St., Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada V6B 5K3 (
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