The Care Manifesto: The Politics of Interdependence

Category: Book
By (author): The Care Collective
Subject:  POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory
  POLITICAL SCIENCE / Human Rights
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Feminism & Feminist Theory
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies
Publisher: Verso Books
Published: September 2020
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 7.00in x 4.33in
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From The Publisher*We are in the midst of a global crisis of care. How do we get out of it?

The Care Manifesto puts care at the heart of the debates of our current crisis: from intimate care--childcare, healthcare, elder care--to care for the natural world. We live in a world where carelessness reigns, but it does not have to be this way.

The Care Manifesto puts forth a vision for a truly caring world. The authors want to reimagine the role of care in our everyday lives, making it the organising principle in every dimension and at every scale of life. We are all dependent on each other, and only by nurturing these interdependencies can we cultivate a world in which each and every one of us can not only live but thrive.

The Care Manifesto demands that we must put care at the heart of the state and the economy. A caring government must promote collective joy, not the satisfaction of individual desire. This means the transformation of how we organise work through co-operatives, localism and nationalisation. It proposes the expansion of our understanding of kinship for a more 'promiscuous care'. It calls for caring places through the reclamation of public space, to make a more convivial city. It sets out an agenda for the environment, most urgent of all, putting care at the centre of our relationship to the natural world.
Review Quote*"Why do we live in a world that rewards the uncaring, the care-free and the care-less? How long can we tolerate such a state? Not long according to this vital, urgent and compelling book about why radical change is needed. The manifesto not only critiques uncaring governments and corporations, but also offers an alternative. There is one and we desperately need it."
-Bev Skeggs, Distinguished Professor, Lancaster Univeristy

"This manifesto is a call to action for global progressives. The Care Collective shows the ‘systemic carelessness' of existing political, economic, and kinship orders are broken both for humans and the planet. They demonstrate that capacious care offers a practical and already existing starting point for change on all levels."
-Joan Tronto, author of Caring Democracy
Biographical NoteThe Care Collective was formed in 2017, originally as a London-based reading group aiming to understand and address the multiple and extreme crises of care. Each coming from a different discipline, we have been active both collectively and individually in diverse personal, academic and political contexts. Members include Andreas Chatzidakis, Jamie Hakim, Jo Littler, Catherine Rottenberg, and Lynne Segal.