- Caring for money: Communicative and strategic action in ancillary care
- IJFAB: International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics
- University of Toronto Press
- Volume 6, Number 2, Fall 2013
- pp. 94-117
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This essay examines paid care labor that typically assists older adult individuals in performing the activities of daily living. I make the case that emotional labor is constitutive of ancillary care and that some emotion-based utterances are communicative actions in the sense intended by Jürgen Habermas. However, communicative action is undermined because of the manner in which ancillary care is organized. I discuss why this is problematic and suggest ways to enhance the goals of ancillary care by granting communicative action a greater role within caregiving.