From recognition of vulnerabilities to caring democracy

A care analysis of the reconciliation process of the “comfort women” issue in Japan

Authored by: Yayo Okano

Routledge Handbook of East Asian Gender Studies

Print publication date:  December  2019
Online publication date:  November  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138959897
eBook ISBN: 9781315660523
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This chapter explores the political implication of a care analysis, which has been developed from feminist ethics of care. By taking the issue of “comfort women” of the Japanese troop under the Second World War as an example, the chapter argues how a care analysis assesses caring process with the core ideas of care ethics, including the vulnerability of human beings, social responsibility, the importance of caring relationship and the deconstruction of the public and the private. The chapter articulates that the ethics of care is a normative theory that suggests us an alternative way of building a more democratic world.

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