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(Part)-Time for All: Generating New Norms of Work and Care

(Part)-Time for All: Generating New Norms of Work and Care
15 Devonshire Place, Room 200, Larkin Building
Time: Feb 10th, 12:00 pm End: Feb 10th, 1:30 pm
Interest Categories: Political Science, Ethics, 2000-
Talk by Jennifer Nedelsky, University of Toronto

The Centre for Ethics presents Ethics Hour Speaker Series:

(Part)-Time for All: Generating New Norms of Work and Care

Jennifer Nedelsky, Department of Political Science, UofT

The talk will present the chapter on care from my book manuscript, (Part)-Time for All: Generating New Norms of Work and Care. The project addresses three critical problems that arise out of dysfunctional norms of work and care: unsustainable stress on families, persistent inequality for women and others who do care work, and policy makers who are ignorant about the care work that life requires. My argument is that the new norms should be 12-30 hours of unpaid care from everybody, along with 12-30 hours of paid work. The claim is that only a radical transformation of the structures of work and care can solve all of these critical problems. The objective of the book is to generate lively public conversation that moves the current "work-family balance" discussion onto the terrain of the kind of fundamental change that can actually address the problems. The project is also an exploration of the relation between norms, policy and law, since its primary focus is on the generation of new norms, with secondary attention (in the chapter on work) to the kinds of law and policy that would facilitate the norm transformation. It presents an argument about the inevitably coercive force of norms, and thus the importance of democratic deliberation about norms. Existing norms organize the distribution of care around hierarchies of gender, race, class, and citizenship status. Both the work of care and the people who do it are denigrated. To achieve an equal society, the distribution of care must be just and equal. Only a radical restructuring of norms can achieve this, and because the structures of work and care are so fully intertwined, norms around both work and care must be transformed. The chapter explores some of the details of what new norms of care would look like.

This event is free and open to all. Registration is not required. For further information, please contact the Centre for Ethics at (416) 978-6288


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