Social Care and Social Justice

Authored by: Malcolm Payne

Routledge International Handbook of Social Justice

Print publication date:  April  2014
Online publication date:  April  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415620437
eBook ISBN: 9781315857534
Adobe ISBN: 9781317934011

10.4324/9781315857534.ch25

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Abstract

Debate about social care and social justice has struggled with the relationship between the interpersonal, emotional character of caring and the concerns of social justice for a fair distribution of resources, personal help and social help, the micro and the macro. Care occurs in personal relationships, a resource that benefits only some individuals, and is therefore unjustly distributed. Society could enhance the availability of care so that it compensates for this and other injustices, through providing social services to balance inequalities. But if caring is a matter of personal relationships, how can a society compensate collectively for the absence of such relationships in the lives of individuals?

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