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Experts from six countries reflect in a book on the provision of care for dependent persons

It is edited by Ana Marta González, scientific coordinator of the ICS of the University of Navarra, and Craig Iffland, from the University of Notre Dame.

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Experts from six countries reflect on the care of dependent persons from various academic and professional disciplines in the book Care Professions and Globalization. Theoretical and Practical Perspectives (Palgrave Macmillan). It is edited by Ana Marta Gonzalez, scientific coordinator of the Institute for Culture and Society (ICS) of the University of Navarra and principal investigator of the project ' 'Emotional culture and identity' (CEMID) -financed by Zurich Insurance- and Craig Iffland, University of Notre Dame (USA).

The work is the result of an 'experts meetingthat Professor Gonzalez directed under the same name degree scroll in 2009 at the Social Trends Institute. 

The volume considers care not only as an academic issue - which in the philosophical sphere has gained relevance from the feminist critique of modern moral theory, and in the sociological sphere, from the fusion of sociology of the family and the sociology of work advocated by Arlie Hochschild - but as a profession at development with its own challenges.

In this sense, in addition to examining the philosophical and sociological aspects, the book explores the different ways in which this subject of care is deployed in practical contexts, in order to shed light on the problems posed by its professionalization and on the policies that can promote the provision of good care to people in need.

Eleven papers: theoretical perspective and internship

The book compiles eleven papers. The first five, which address a theoretical perspective, are as follows: The Completion of Care - With Implications for a Duty to Receive Care Graciously, by Eva Feder Kittay of Stony Brook University (USA), author of numerous articles on topics such as feminist ethics; Carefree in Barcelona, by David H. Smith of Yale University (USA.); 'Moved by the Suffering of Others': Using Aristotelian Theory to Think about Care, by Kim Redgrave, London Metropolitan University (UK); Social Contract Theory and Moral Agency: Understanding the Roots of an Uncaring Society, by Melissa Moschella, James Madison Program for American Ideals and Institutions, Princeton University (USA); and Emotional Work and Care as Relationship: some Particularities and Consequences, by Alejandro N. García, researcher , ICS, University of Navarra.

The following chapters focus on a internship perspective: partner-Economic Impact of the Work of the Home, by M. Sophia Aguirre, The Catholic University of America (USA); Working in the ICU: A Study on the Normalization of Tension in Health Care Provision, by Ambrogia Cereda, former member of CEMID and currently member of the Fashion Institute of Technology Milan and collaborator of the Centro ModaCult of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Italy); Professionalizing Care - a Necessary Irony? Some Implications of the 'Ethics of Care' for the Caring Professions and Informal Caring, by Richard Hugman, University of New South Wales (Australia); Domestic Work: Judgments and Biases Regarding Mundane Tasks, by María Pía Chirinos, professor at the University of Piura (Peru); The Moral Sense of Nursing Care, by Mercedes Pérez, from the School of Nursing at the University of Navarra; and A Professional Perspective on End of Life Care, by Carlos Centeno, researcher principal of the ATLANTES program of the ICS of the University of Navarra.