Fair care: Elder care and distributive justice

Elizabeth Brake

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Caring relationships and material caregiving are politically significant goods that should be distributed according to principles of justice. I argue that, within Rawlsian liberalism, care should be considered a primary good and propose a third principle of justice requiring access to the social and legal supports of caring relationships. I examine what social and legal institutions supporting care might require, with particular attention to allowing the infirm elderly and persons with disabilities access to caring relationships. I propose the formation of a Care Corps, providing access to caring relationships for elderly and housebound citizens. If universally required and compensated, the Care Corps could address two other injustices related to care: the unjust distribution of caring labor between men and women and the relatively low status of caring work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)132-151
Number of pages20
JournalPolitics, Philosophy and Economics
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 1 2017


  • Kittay
  • Rawls
  • care
  • disability
  • distributive justice
  • elder care
  • family
  • feminism
  • old age
  • primary goods

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics


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