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Development ethics through the lenses of caring, gender, and human security

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  • Gasper, D.R.
  • Truong, T-D.

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Thinking about ethics of development and human development must both treat development in a global perspective and yet reflect on the content of human. This paper explores some faces of globalization by using a gender perspective, in order to consider reproduction (psychological and emotional as well as biological) and the activities and attitudes of care that give moral resources for response to systemic tragedy, not only for identifying and understanding it. There now exist globally interconnected systems of vulnerability and capability, for which matching systems of human security, care and responsibility are needed in order to protect human dignity. The discourse of human security helps here by better grounding an agenda of basic human needs, in an ethnography of ordinary lives rather than only an abstracted accounting of deficiencies or an elevated language of opportunities. It must be emotionally and existentially grounded too. The authors examine the potential contributions the tradition of Mahayana Buddhism; the work of philosopher-anthropologist Ananta Giri; and feminist care ethics.

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  • Gasper, D.R. & Truong, T-D., 2008. "Development ethics through the lenses of caring, gender, and human security," ISS Working Papers - General Series 18734, International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam (ISS), The Hague.
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