Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics

, Volume 24, Issue 6, pp 489–499 | Cite as

Envisioning a kinder, gentler world: On recognition and remuneration for care workers

  • Jennifer A. Parks


In this paper, I argue that thestatus of those who take care of persons withdisabilities, and persons with disabilities,are inextricably linked. That is, devaluingthe status of one necessarily devalues that ofthe other. Persons with disabilities and thosewho help care for them must form an alliance toadvance their common interests. This alliancecan gain insight and inspiration from feministthought insofar as caretaking is literallylinked to problems of the representation ofcaretaking as ``women's work,'' and morephilosophically, by borrowing from the toolboxof feminist social, political, and economicanalyses.

attendant care caregiving caretaking disability studies feminism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jennifer A. Parks
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  1. 1.Loyola UniversityChicago

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