Towards a feminist parental ethics

Simon Kelly, Adele Senior

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Abstract

Drawing on our experiences of parenting during the global Covid-19 pandemic of 2020, we explore the potential for a feminist parental ethics through which parenting can be rethought, reclaimed and so brought forth as an vital and valuable assemblage of collective articulation work (Star, 1991), shared ‘motherings’ (Ruddick, 1983; 1990; 2009; 2016) and embodied interconnectivities of caring for and caring with the other (Tronto, 2013). A feminist parental ethics is particularly important in the neoliberal academic context, where the responsibilities of caregiving that lockdown has thrust upon many workers in higher education have been largely downplayed, dismissed or even ignored across the sector in the interest of maintaining ‘business as usual’. In response, we ask: ‘who is caring for the parents?’ and we call for an extended idea of parenting beyond the familial as a means of differently organizing our societies, workplaces and institutions around a shared locus of care.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages19
JournalGender, Work and Organization
Early online date19 Oct 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 19 Oct 2020

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