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Julie L. Rose

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780691163451

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691163451.001.0001

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Free Time for Caregivers

Free Time for Caregivers

(p.112) Chapter 6 Free Time for Caregivers
Free Time

Julie L. Rose

Princeton University Press

This chapter focuses on gender and caregiving to demonstrate how recognizing citizens' claims to free time contributes to a liberal egalitarian theory of gender justice. It argues that gender justice requires that men and women not only have free choices from among equal options, but also choose from among just background conditions. One of those conditions is that all citizens must have their fair share of free time, with caregiving for children and other dependents treated as a necessary activity like necessary paid work. This entails that citizens must be able to choose to engage in paid work and caregiving and still have free time, as realized through a set of workplace accommodations for parents and other caregivers. Aside from the conditions for free choice and equal options, gender justice requires that men and women choose their household responsibilities from among these just background conditions.

Keywords:   gender, caregiving, free time, gender justice, free choice, workplace, parents, caregivers, household responsibilities

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