Reading Nothing comes without its world’: thinking with care

Read­ing María Puig de la Bel­lacas­a’s art­icle on fem­in­ist notions of care.


Puig de la Bel­lacasa, M. (2012). Noth­ing comes without its world”: think­ing with care. The Soci­olo­gic­al Review, 60(2), 197 – 216.

Puig de la Bel­lacasa writes evoc­at­ively on Donna Har­away’s work and draws it into an idea of care. I espe­cially like how she fig­ures care as a way of bring­ing things into pro­duct­ive rela­tions with one anoth­er, not nar­row­ing in on oppos­i­tion­al dif­fer­ences, but seek­ing a gen­er­at­ive rela­tion­al­ity.

One thing that’s note­worthy is the absence of Annemarie Mol in this text, with her in sci­ence and tech­no­logy schol­ar­ship. I won­der if this has to do with her only just veiled cri­ti­cisms of some in fem­in­ist tech­nos­cience through her remarks on new mater­i­al­ism’:

Whatever the case, Puig de la Bel­lacasa spec­u­lat­ive read­ing” of Har­away and her thick­en­ing of care provides a help­ful basis for think­ing about what we know and how we know it.

p. 198, Puig la Bel­lacasa (2012)
See Mol, A. 2008. The Logic of Care: Health and the Prob­lem of Patient Choice. New York: Rout­ledge.
... pp. 380 – 381, Mol, A. Mind your plate! The onton­orms of Dutch diet­ing. Social Stud­ies of Sci­ence 43, 3 (2013), 379 – 396.
That is, pro­duct­ively or gen­er­at­ively.

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