The Care-Centered Economy
Economics has become a kind of bellwether science from which many people obtain their view of what is “normal” and “right” about the value of relationships and activities. However, of all things, those activities for satisfying needs that are carried out in private households are studied either not at all or only marginally in economic science today, and are often distorted. What are the consequences of this omission?
The theologian Ina Praetorius answers this question in her essay “The care-centered economy” by taking readers on an intellectual journey through the Western history of ideas and demonstrating how an inequitable dichotomous order is deeply rooted in the way today’s economy and society are organized.