La cura e la necessaria ‘ecologia dell’attenzione

Journal title SOCIETÀ DEGLI INDIVIDUI (LA)
Author/s Brunella Casalini
Publishing Year 2022 Issue 2022/73 Language Italian
Pages 12 P. 59-70 File size 85 KB
DOI 10.3280/LAS2022-073006
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In Moral Boundaries (1993) Joan Tronto defines care a «practice» and individuates four phases of care (caring for, caring about, taking care of and care receiving), which she further expands in Caring Democracy (2013) with the addition of a fifth phase (caring with). The present paper has two main aims: the first one is to understand what we gain theoretically from a definition of care as a practice (instead of labor, or an emotion or a principle) and to explore once again the different phases of care, the tensions and conflicts that may emerge between them; the second aim is to deal with the particular epistemology of attention that must be presupposed as a conditio sine qua non, even if never sufficient by itself, to pass from the first to the following phases of care. A real caring democracy needs an ‘ecology of attention’. In the present ‘economy of attention’ that has established a regime of mass distraction we need to learn again the art of listening to the (human and non human) other and of paying attention, developing a horizontal thinking.

Keywords: Care as practice, care phases, caring democracy, economy of attention, ecology of attention

Brunella Casalini, La cura e la necessaria ‘ecologia dell’attenzione in "SOCIETÀ DEGLI INDIVIDUI (LA)" 73/2022, pp 59-70, DOI: 10.3280/LAS2022-073006