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"Enfermer Maman !" Epreuves et arrangements : le care comme éthique de situation

Abstract : Locking-up mum : The situational ethics of careThis paper investigates the situational ethics that are mobilized in care practices. On the ground, principles are not sufficient to guide choices. Family and professional caregivers do not only ensure the well-being of persons, they also have to define it partially, in particular in the many cases when vulnerable people put themselves in danger, while their capacities to make their own decisions are dubious. Drawing on the case of an elderly person with cognitive disorders whose daughters chose to lock in her own flat, the paper examines the step-by-step assessment process that leads to such a decision, and its revision. An ethics of ordinary decisionmaking cannot be determined from outside but on the ground, from one situation to another. Such an ethics is made all the more pressing, lodged as it is in spur-of-the-moment concrete actions, in the midst of contradictory constraints, with no guarantee other than a collective concern with its consequences.
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Antoine Hennion, Pierre Vidal-Naquet. "Enfermer Maman !" Epreuves et arrangements : le care comme éthique de situation. Sciences Sociales et Santé, John Libbey, 2015, 33 (3), pp.65-90. ⟨10.1684/sss.2015.0304⟩. ⟨hal-01206714⟩



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