By Kathleen Lynch, John Baker, Maureen Lyons
This groundbreaking book presents a brand new viewpoint on equality by means of highlighting and exploring affective equality, the point of equality fascinated about relationships of affection, care and team spirit. Drawing on experiences of intimate being concerned, or "love laboring," it unearths the intensity, complexity and multidimensionality of affective inequality.
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Extra resources for Affective Equality: Love, Care and Injustice
Throughout its history, the effect and to a large extent the purpose of family law has been to ensure that children inherit the socioeconomic status of their parents. Family law has also played an important role in perpetuating racism, for example by prohibiting interracial marriages and sexual relations (particularly those between white women and black men) and by racialised laws of descent’ (Pateman and Mills, 2007: 141–147). The debate over rights Rights play a central role in the operation of the legal system, but feminists have had very different views about the potential of legal rights for addressing inequality.
In this way, law has acted to preserve existing power relationships and social arrangements and to reinforce the status quo. Liberal legal doctrines such as the social contract and its attendant liberal rights sheltered certain forms of interpersonal oppression while sanctioning governmental interference in the lives of poor and deviant families. In Ireland, for example, severe forms of affective inequality were experienced by women who gave birth outside marriage and by the (mostly) working class children who were effectively incarcerated in various homes and institutions while theoretically being in the care of the state (Feeley, 2007; O’Sullivan, 1998; Raftery and O’Sullivan, 1999).
She maintains that women’s concern for others and for continuity and connection is an alternative model of justice. The idea that women have a ‘different voice’ (Gilligan, 1982) has played an important but controversial role in the debate over the importance of legal rights in promoting equality. 24 Affective Equality Law’s presence in the affective domain Because of its regulatory role in society, law is implicated in many social practices. Law both reflects and constitutes social relations (Ewick and Silbey, 1998; Gordon, 1984; Hunt, 1993; McCann, 1994).