Care Ethics and Markets: A View from Feminist Economics

APPLYING CARE ETHICS TO BUSINESS, pp. 35-53, Maureen Sander-Staudt and Maurice Hamington, EDS., Dordrecht: Springer, 2011

MIT, Global Development & Environment Inst. Working Paper No. 10-02

25 Pages Posted: 5 Jun 2010 Last revised: 19 Nov 2011

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Julie A. Nelson

University of Massachusetts at Boston - Department of Economics; Tufts University - Global Development and Environment Institute

Date Written: May 1, 2010

Abstract

It is common to think of care ethics and justice ethics as being opposed to each other, and also to think of economic life as being opposed to social life. As a result, it may be hard to see how care ethics, seen as interpersonal, could be applicable to business, when the latter is perceived as asocial. This essay uncovers the origins of these beliefs in unhelpful dualistic cognitive habits and in gender-biases in the development of the discipline of economics. In particular, feminist analysis reveals the mythical nature of both "economic man" and the belief in mechanical "profit maximization." The essay calls for unveiling and recognizing the ethical and connected dimensions that already characterize business life, and including these in thinking about how to create a more humane economy.

Keywords: ethics, economics, care, feminist, profit

JEL Classification: A1, L2

Suggested Citation

Nelson, Julie A., Care Ethics and Markets: A View from Feminist Economics (May 1, 2010). MIT, Global Development & Environment Inst. Working Paper No. 10-02. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1619938 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1619938

Julie A. Nelson (Contact Author)

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Tufts University - Global Development and Environment Institute ( email )

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