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Sustainable Care seminar: Joan Tronto

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The Centre for International Research on Care, Labour & Equalities (CIRCLE) and the ESRC Sustainable Care Programme are pleased to welcome Professor Joan Tronto to the University of Sheffield for a seminar on: Neopopulism as a Caring Discourse: Beyond Protective to Democratic Caring.

This paper argues that one way to understand the wave of neopopulist politics in higher income countries is as a reaction to the fears engendered by the ongoing practices of neoliberal states. Elections in Eastern Europe, the USA, the Brexit vote, all point to anxieties around membership and fairness. The usual explanations for these phenomena, though, miss a critical point, how care underpins this framework. After all, all political positions make explicit or implicit claims about care. Thus, we need to think about neopopulism as a caring discourse. The paper then explores how neopopulist care discourse builds upon desires to be protected and fits with highly paternalistic and anti-democratic policies. The paper concludes by contrasting how a democratic care ethics can offer different claims about how to respond to the crises that spur neopopulist support.



Joan C. Tronto is a professor of political science at the University of Minnesota, and professor emerita at the City University of New York. She received her BA degree from Oberlin College and her PhD from Princeton University.

Tronto’s research is widely known around the world for her political approach to care ethics. Starting in the 1980s, Tronto argued that the activities that constitute “care” are important not only for women but for all humans. She has published over 40 articles, primarily on this subject. She has published two books on this topic, Moral Boundaries: A Political Argument for an Ethic of Care (1993, Routledge) and Caring Democracy (NYU Press, 2013). In 2014 she was award an honorary doctorate by the University for Humanistic Studies in the Netherlands and in 2015, she won the Brown Prize for Democracy, which resulted in the publication of a short book, Who Cares: How to Reshape a Democratic Politics (Cornell, 2015). She is currently at work on a book on care, international political economy and global justice. Her work is the subject of a volume published in 2014, Moral Boundaries Redrawn.

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