Building Bridges with Accessible Care: Disability Studies, Feminist Care Scholarship, and Beyond

Hypatia 28 (4):784-800 (2013)
This article uses elements of autoethnography to theorize an in/formal support relationship between a friend with a physical disability, who uses attendant services, and me. Through thinking about our particular “frien-tendant” relationship, I find the common scholarly orientations toward “care” are inadequate. Starting from the conversations between feminist and disability perspectives on care, I build on previous work to further develop the theoretical framework of accessible care. Accessible care takes a critical, engaged approach that moves beyond understanding “accessibility” as merely concrete solutions to create more inclusive forms of care. Care, in this context, is positioned as an unstable tension among competing definitions, including that it is a complex form of oppression. Accessible care draws on feminist disability perspectives and the feminist political ethic of care to build bridges in four areas: from daily experiences of disability and support to theoretical discussions; across feminist care research and disability perspectives; across divisions and anxieties within disability communities; and from the local to transnational applications. These bridges do not aim to resolve debates but allow us to travel back and forth between differing perspectives and demonstrate the tenuous possibility of accessible practices and concepts of care
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1111/j.1527-2001.2012.01310.x
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history
Request removal from index
Download options
Our Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 27,178
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

View all 20 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
Triangulating Care.Monique Lanoix - 2010 - International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 3 (1):138-157.
Care Workers in the Global Market Appraising Applications of Feminist Care Ethics.G. K. D. Crozier - 2010 - International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 3 (1):113-137.
The Ethics of Care: A Feminist Virtue Ethics of Care for Healthcare Practitioners.Rosemarie Tong - 1998 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 23 (2):131 – 152.
The Role of Well‐Being.Joseph Raz - 2004 - Philosophical Perspectives 18 (1):269–294.
Feminist Ethical Theory.Virginia Held - 1999 - The Proceedings of the Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy 1:41-49.
Revisiting Confucian.Chenyang Li - 2002 - Hypatia 17 (1).
Two Perspectives of Care: Confucian Ren and Feminist Care.Julia Po-Wah Lai Tao - 2000 - Journal of Chinese Philosophy 27 (2):215–240.
Beyond Care?Nicki Hedge & Alison Mackenzie - 2012 - Journal of Philosophy of Education 46 (2):192-206.

Monthly downloads

Added to index


Total downloads

19 ( #257,137 of 2,163,687 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

5 ( #62,626 of 2,163,687 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature

There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.

Other forums