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Unsettled Care: Temporality, Subjectivity, and the Uneasy Ethics of Care

Cook, J; Trundle, C; (2020) Unsettled Care: Temporality, Subjectivity, and the Uneasy Ethics of Care. Anthropology and Humanism , 45 (2) pp. 178-183. 10.1111/anhu.12308. Green open access

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Abstract

In this introduction, and indeed this special section, we explore care as a morally ambiguous and relationally unstable set of practices. By exploring care over longer temporal frames and across shifting subjectivities and intersubjectivities, we show how enactments of care are often unsettled by the transforming dynamics of relationships across time and often entail a multiplicity of competing affects and aspirations, such as hope and failure, love and resentment, pragmatism and utopianism, and connection and disconnection. We thus suggest an analytic approach to care that questions care as either morally suspect or morally virtuous and instead allows for the compromised, shifting, and ambiguous dimensions of care practices to take center stage. [care, anthropology, temporality, subjectivity]

Type: Article
Title: Unsettled Care: Temporality, Subjectivity, and the Uneasy Ethics of Care
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/anhu.12308
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/anhu.12308
Language: English
Additional information: This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Anthropology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10118891
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