All things considered, should feminists embrace basic income?

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Title: All things considered, should feminists embrace basic income?
Authors: Baker, John
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Date: 2008
Abstract: As a feminist, I am committed to equality of condition between men and women, defined multidimensionally in terms of respect and recognition; resources; love, care and solidarity; power; and working and learning. I concentrate in this comment on equality in the affective system, i.e., the set of social relations that operates to meet people's needs for love, care and solidarity. A central problem for egalitarians is that recognising, valuing and supporting care work risks reinforcing the gendered division of labour, a problem of much wider remit than the issue of basic income. I argue, however, that basic income can be construed as recognising and supporting care work as a form of worthwhile but noncommodifiable activity and that this should be combined with confronting the division of labour culturally and ideologically. I cite recent empirical work on caregivers and care recipients in Ireland in support of my position.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Berkeley Electronic Press
Keywords: EqualityBasic incomeDivision of labourFeminismCare
Subject LCSH: Income--Sex differences
Division of labor
DOI: 10.2202/1932-0183.1129
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice Research Collection

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