ReValuing Care in Theory, Law and Policy: Cycles and Connections

ReValuing Care in Theory, Law and Policy: Cycles and Connections
13 Jun 2017, 16:00 to 13 Jun 2017, 18:00
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR

IALS New Book Forum, co-hosted by QMUL School of Law and Birmingham Law School:

ReValuing Care in Theory, Law and Policy: Cycles and Connections


Chair: Professor Diamond Ashiagbor, IALS   



This event will be followed by a reception 

About the editors:   Rosie Harding is a Professor of Law and Society at the University of Birmingham, UK.   Ruth Fletcher is a Senior Lecturer in Medical Law at the School of Law, Queen Mary, University of London, UK.   Chris Beasley is Professor of Politics at the School of History and Politics, University of Adelaide, Australia. 

Book Description: Care is central to life, and yet is all too often undervalued, taken for granted, and hidden from view. This collection of fourteen substantive and highly innovative essays, along with its insightful introduction, seeks to explore the different dimensions of care that shape social, legal and political contexts. It addresses these dimensions in four key ways. First, the contributions expand contemporary theoretical understandings of the value of care, by reflecting upon established conceptual approaches (such as the ‘ethics of care’) and developing new ways of using and understanding this concept. Second, the chapters draw on a wide range of methods, from doctrinal scholarship through ethnographic, empirical and biographical research methodologies. Third, the book enlarges the usual subjects of care research, by expanding its analysis beyond the more typical focus on familial interconnection to include professional care contexts, care by strangers and care for and about animals. Finally, the collection draws on contributions from academics working in Europe and Australia, across law, anthropology, gender studies, politics, psychology and sociology. By highlighting the points of connection and tension between these diverse international and disciplinary perspectives, this book outlines a new and nuanced approach to care, exploring contemporary understandings of care across law, the social sciences and humanities.

How to book: This event is free but those wishing to attend are asked to book in advance.


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