chapter  12
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Why Love, Care, and Solidarity Are Political Matters: Aff ective Equality and Fraser’s Model of Social Justice

ByKATHLEEN LYNCH

The relational realities of nurturing constitute a discrete site of social practice within and through which inequalities are created. The aff ective 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 (Baker et al. 2009). Drawing on extensive sociological research undertaken on care work, paid work and on education in a range of diff erent studies (Lynch et al. 2009; Lynch et al. 2012), this chapter argues that Fraser’s (2008) three-dimensional framework for analyzing injustice needs to be expanded to include a fourth, relational dimension.