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    Affective inequalities : challenging (re)distributive, recognition and representational models of social justice
    This paper examines the significance of care relations for the pursuit of equality and social justice in society. It highlights the importance of affective equality for producing a society governed by principles of deep egalitarianism and equality of condition. This paper builds on research with my colleagues in Equality Studies on the theory of equality (Baker, Lynch, Cantillon and Walsh, 2004, 2009) and on the subject of affective equality in particular (Lynch, Baker and Lyons, 2009). It begins by acknowledging the role of feminist scholars in opening up the affective domain to research. It then briefly defines affective equality and inequality going on to outline the core assumptions underpinning affective egalitarian thinking. From there, it explores the neglect of affective relations in egalitarian theory and outlines a new framework for egalitarian thinking, one that takes account of affective relations and highlights their inter-relationship with other social systems. This is followed by a discussion of the implications of relationality at the heart of affective equality and a short comment on the links between affective relations, ethics and politics. The paper concludes with some comments on why social scientific and political thought needs to change to take account of the affective and the normative in social life.
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    Gender and education (and employment): gendered imperatives and their implications for women and men : lessons from research for policy makers
    (NESSE Network of Experts, 2009-07) ;
    An independent report submitted to the European Commission by the NESSE networks of experts
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    Affective Equality as a Key Issue of Justice : A Comment on Fraser’s 3-Dimensional Framework
    (University College Dublin. School of Social Justice, 2012-03)
    The relational realities of nurturing constitute a discrete site of social practice within and through which inequalities are created. The affective worlds of love, care and solidarity are therefore sites of political import that need to be examined in their own right while recognizing their inter-relatedness with economic, political and cultural systems in the generation of injustice. Drawing on extensive sociological research undertaken on care work, paid work and on education in a range of different studies, this paper argues that Fraser’s three-dimensional framework for analyzing injustice needs to expanded to include a fourth, relational dimension.The affective relations within which caring is grounded constitute a discrete field of social action within and through which inequalities and exploitations can occur. Social justice issues are not confined to questions of redistribution, recognition or representation therefore; they also involve discrete sites of relational practice that impact on parity of participation, a principle which Fraser identifies as key to determining what is socially just.
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    A framework for equality proofing
    (University College Dublin. Equality Studies Centre, 1995-04) ; ; ;
    Paper prepared for the National Economic and Social Forum
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    The relationship between poverty and inequality
    Paper prepared for the Combat Poverty Agency and the Equality Authority
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    Response to the Cassells’ Report on Higher Education: Social Justice and Educational Considerations
    (University College Dublin, 2017)
    The purpose of this paper is to respond to the Cassells’ Report on the future funding of higher education. Using empirical data from a number of countries it critiques the proposal that an income-contingent loans (ICL) system for students is the preferable option for the future funding of Irish higher education from a social justice and educational perspective.
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    Affective equality : love, care and solidarity as productive forces
    (Institute of Thematic Gender Studies, LiU-ÖU; Center for Feminist Social Studies (CFS), 2010-05)
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    Challenging the Common Room Rules in the 1980s
    (UCD Press, 2019-11-12)
    This chapter tells the story of how the UCD Common Rules were changed in the late 1980s to allow all UCD staff members to join, regardless of their occupation. As membership had been confined to academics and senior administrative staff, this was a significant achievement. After much debate and many meetings from 1985-87, the decision to democratise the Common Room was made at an AGM on March 12th 1987. The meeting was attended by 100 members of whom 77 voted to make to open up the Common Room.
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    (Oxford University Press, 2016-12-15) ; ;
    The aim of this chapter is to analyse the impact of austerity policies on levels of economic inequality in the Republic of Ireland. Although the focus of the chapter is on economic inequality, the effects of austerity were not only economic; they were cultural, social, political and embodied (Coulter and Nagle, 2015). They found expression in anxieties and fears about unemployment, emigration, poverty and debt, all of which adversely impacted on emotional and mental health (Cronin, 2015, Mental Health Commission, 2011). The harms of austerity have been visible on the streets through increased homelessness and begging, in the distressed calls to national radio stations and help lines, in letters, comments and articles in newspapers and social media, and in Dáil questions and expositions. Thus, this chapter sets out to identify the inequality impact of the socializing of private debt arising from the collapse of the Irish banking sector. It will focus on how and why austerity impacted on living standards, especially among more politically powerless groups, highlighting increases in levels of economic insecurity that are not measurable by income alone.
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