Towards a feminist parental ethics

Simon Kelly, Adele Senior

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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 a vital and valuable assemblage of collective articulation work, shared “motherings,” and embodied interconnectivities of caring for and caring with the other. 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
Pages (from-to)807-825
Number of pages19
JournalGender, Work and Organization
Issue number2
Early online date19 Oct 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2021


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