By Kathleen Lynch, John Baker, Maureen Lyons
This groundbreaking book presents a brand new standpoint on equality by way of highlighting and exploring affective equality, the element of equality serious about relationships of affection, care and harmony. Drawing on stories of intimate worrying, or "love laboring," it unearths the intensity, complexity and multidimensionality of affective inequality.
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Measures designed to transcend the public/private dichotomy to some extent, such as the recognition of domestic violence as a harm that should be cognisable as a legal wrong, have met with quite a degree of success. Yet the entry of liberal rights into the private sphere did not result in equality of power, resources or other dimensions (Minow, 1990). Many early successes in the arena of reproductive rights were not based on egalitarian arguments but rather derived from rights to marital privacy which were heavily imbued with patriarchal assumptions (Flynn, 1995).
Whether people subscribe to other-centred norms or not, their own existence is dependent on the successful enactment of such norms (Fineman, 2004; Sevenhuijsen, 1998). No human being, no matter how rich or powerful, 38 Affective Equality can survive from birth without care and attention; many would die at different points in their lives, if seriously ill or in an accident, without care. The inevitability of interdependency does not just apply in personal relationships, but also in work places, in public organisations, in voluntary groups or other social settings.
In particular, Eva Feder Kathleen Lynch, John Baker, Sara Cantillon and Judy Walsh 31 Kittay’s work, Love’s Labour (1999), systematically criticises traditional theories of equality, and Rawls’s theory in particular, from a point of view that takes human dependency seriously. Kittay argues that the issue is not to choose between equality and care but to develop a ‘connection-based’ conception of equality that recognises that dependency is a typical condition of human life, that dependants need care, and that dependency workers – those who provide this care – need support in doing so.
Affective Equality: Love, Care and Injustice by Kathleen Lynch, John Baker, Maureen Lyons