Tove Pettersen: Feminist Care Ethics - Contributions to Peace Theory
Tove Pettersen has written the chapter "Feminist Care Ethics: Contributions to Peace Theory" in the recently published Routledge Handbook of Feminist Peace Research.
In this chapter, Tove Pettersen examines a selection of feminist care ethics contributions to peace theory while arguing that the cultivation of care is fostering peace. Although caring practices may differ in relation to context, care ethics’ values and insights are not limited to private and subjective sentiments, nor are they grounded in a specific religion, culture, or class. Care is universally required for human survival, growth, and flourishing, and like freedom, equality, and justice, contributes to peace and stability. Pettersen addresses controversies and criticism directed toward care ethics and introduces some of its key philosophical features. These features enable care ethics to illuminate neglected strategies for conflict de-escalation and resolution, identify ignored types of harm and violence, and reconceptualise traditional and problematic concepts, models, and standards that apply to human interaction. Juxtaposing feminist care ethics and peace theory reveals how care ethicists are working for peace when they advocate for the fostering of good relations, attentiveness towards care needs, interdependency, dialogue, and collaboration in the private, social, and global domains. Care ethics and peace theory are intertwined at all these levels, and the acknowledgement of this vital intersection is critical for the successful creation and sustaining of peace.
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