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By Kathleen Lynch, John Baker, Maureen Lyons

This groundbreaking book offers a brand new viewpoint on equality via highlighting and exploring affective equality, the point of equality serious about relationships of affection, care and cohesion. Drawing on reviews of intimate worrying, or "love laboring," it finds the intensity, complexity and multidimensionality of affective inequality.

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The goal, therefore, should be two-fold: to expose the unarticulated premises and invisible mechanisms through which relational principles enter the law and to ensure that those principles foster human connections that advance rather than impede substantive equality. If courts were to adopt such a relational view of rights, property, for example, could be regarded as a system that shapes the contours of human relationships. In doing so courts would be more attentive to the kinds of relationships we want the legal rules to foster or discourage.

As personal relationships form the basis of care there is a limit to how far they can be stretched. It is unlikely therefore that society can reduce the total amount of time devoted to caring labour across the whole economy without damaging the quality of care provided. An example of this aspect of quality is the educational sector, where the desire to reduce the ratio of teachers to children is sometimes put forward as an economic efficiency objective. Despite the differences between paid and unpaid labour at individual and household level, the decisions made about caring and employment are entwined, an issue which labour market theory and labour market policy are increasingly being forced to acknowledge.

2007). The close and growing link between formal education and employment also contributes to the neglect of the affective. Because educationalists tended to take the definition of the person-to-be-educated from mainstream social and psychological thinking, they also tended to adopt these disciplines’ core assumptions as to what constitutes work. , 2005). 8 What is seen as ‘private’ care labour can easily be ignored within this paradigm, while training for paid care labour, because it is assimilated to other forms of employment, emphasises professional detachment rather than emotional involvement.

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