We are pleased to announce keynote speaker Professor Joan Tronto who will be addressing the next Sustainable Care International Conference, CARE: Challenges and solutions for a sustainable future, on Wednesday 1st April.
"Ending Wealth-Care: The Future of Caring Democracy"
“Wealth-care” is the best description of our current political economy: the global political economy is primarily structured to protect and nurture wealth. Describing this system in terms of its values opens up ways to see how a wealth-oriented culture distorts and downplays other forms of care. The paper argues that in order to create sustainable institutions that allow people to care well for one another and for the natural world, we have to refocus our attention away from caring for wealth (which we do too well) to caring for people and the world. Only a deeper and more robust account of democratic caring practices can create the kinds of practices and institutions required to rethink responsibility if the pursuit of wealth is no longer hegemonic. The paper compares this approach with models for degrowth, and will describe some concrete yet difficult steps to begin this transformation.
Joan C. Tronto is a professor emerita of political science at the University of Minnesota and at the City University of New York. She received her BA degree from Oberlin College and her PhD from Princeton University.
Tronto’s research is widely known around the world for her political approach to care ethics. Starting in the 1980s, Tronto argued that the activities that constitute “care” are important not only for women but for all humans. She has published over 40 articles, primarily on this subject. She has published two books on this topic, Moral Boundaries: A Political Argument for an Ethic of Care (1993, Routledge) and Caring Democracy (NYU Press, 2013). In 2014 she was award an honorary doctorate by the University for Humanistic Studies in the Netherlands and in 2015, she won the Brown Prize for Democracy, which resulted in the publication of a short book, Who Cares: How to Reshape a Democratic Politics (Cornell, 2015). She is currently at work on a book on care, international political economy and global justice, tentatively titled Ending Wealthcare. Her work is the subject of a volume published in 2014, Moral Boundaries Redrawn.
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