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Kathleen Lynch, John Baker, Maureen Lyons

and their colleagues in Equality Studies

cordially invite you to attend the launch of two books published by Palgrave
Mac millan

@ 6pm on Thursday 22nd October 2009

UCD Quinn School of Business, Belfield, Dublin 4.

Guest speakers:
Niall Crowley, former CEO of the Equality Authority
Susan McKay, Director of the National Women’s Council

Affective Equality: Love, Care and Injustice Edited by Kathleen

Lynch, John Baker and Maureen Lyons

This groundbreaking work provides a new perspective on equality

by highlighting and exploring affective equality, that aspect of
equality that is concerned with relationships of love, care and
solidarity. Drawing on interrelated studies of intimate caring –
termed here ‘love labouring’ – by a diverse set of carers and care
recipients, this collection provides a new and insightful
understanding of the complexity and multidimensionality, as well
as the gendered and classed character, of affective inequality.
Building on the foundations of the ambitious interdisciplinary study
of egalitarian theory Equality: From Theory To Action (Palgrave,
2009, 2nd edition) this research demonstrates the importance of
intimate care for egalitarian thinking, as well as the centrality of nurturing, love labouring
relationships for personal identities. It shows how care can be undermined by inequalities of
material support, time and public recognition, and how inequalities in economic, political
and cultural relations generate and reinforce inequalities in the affective system itself.
This agenda-setting work will be essential reading for students, researchers and professionals
across the social sciences who care about equality.

Equality From Theory to Action 2nd edition by John Baker, Kathleen

Lynch, Sara Cantillon and Judy Walsh

This ground-breaking book sets out a new interdisciplinary model

for equality studies. Integrating normative questions about the ideal
of equality with empirical issues about the nature and causes of
inequality, it develops a new framework for thinking about equality
and inequality and applies it to a wide range of contemporary
inequalities, including those based on class, gender, ethnicity,
disability and sexual orientation. Drawing on an huge variety of
sources, it proposes a coherent and far-reaching agenda of
egalitarian change in the economy, politics, law, education and
research practices. Finally, it sets out a new perspective on
egalitarian social movements and explores innovative ideological
and political strategies for achieving social change.