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Care workers in the global market: Appraising applications of feminist care ethics


Feminist Care Ethics has much to offer in an analysis of the international migration of (largely female) care workers. This paper argues, however, that Joan Tronto's analysis of this international care regime is incomplete insofar as it overlooks the ways in which the current global care market is progressive for the workers and the significant harms this market is inflicting on care receivers in source countries. In order for Feminist Care Ethics to fulfill its potential, it must be developed beyond a visionary tool for revaluing care—it must also produce analytic tools for evaluating real alternatives under pressing, real-time constraints.