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This chapter argues that contrary to the view that care has limited value within organizational settings, it has an essential role to play in all ethical human relations, wherever they are situated. Whenever human beings come together, caring for one another provides the social glue that holds endeavours together, being crucial for maintaining social cohesion and underpinning our work towards democracy. Drawing on the social theorist, Jane Addams, it contests that care in ethical relations is not a soft option, but demands a level of emotional fortitude and courage which can exceed that required by more justice-based approaches. For Addams, care is not care unless it results in action. Moreover, it involves ascertaining, not assuming, what other people need, thus requiring us to actively reach out to people who are different from us.

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