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Societies that prioritize care

Communities of Care: The Social Ethics of Victorian Fiction
CARE / If you think reading 1800th-century British novels has little to do with the current political situation, you are wrong. Talia Schaffer shows how our thinking about care, help and health work already existed in the middle of the Victorian era.

This article was translated by Google and R.E.

During the pandemic, we paid tribute to health workers and other workers, including store employees, bus drivers, couriers, truck drivers, chefs – all whose low-status work made life possible. For once, celebrities, athletes and pop stars were not at the center, and we discovered a network of diffuse, humble and necessary care workers. They were not the only ones who showed care, but they were the ones who made the care visible. The corona made us understand the need for care.

People usually understand "care" as a feeling of caring concern, and "caregiver" as someone who helps a disabled person (usually a home help or a nurse). In his book, Schaffer challenges the first meaning, and expands. . .

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Kjetil Korslund
Historian of ideas and critic.

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