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What Matters in Social Change?: the uncertain significance of caring

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Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia 2017 Fay Gale lecture

Sydney Ideas co-presented with the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies, and the Women, Work & Leadership Research Group,at the University of Sydney


The intention of this paper is to theorise social change. This is undertaken initially by employing the feminist critique of the major theories of social relations in modernity—a critique which gives significance to care. The feminist critique is then itself reconsidered. By this means, some uncertainties are raised about exactly what is vital to social change. In particular, uncertainties arise concerning the place of care, of emotional caring bonds, in analysis of social change. Exploration of the place of care enables a re-engagement with key insights in work by crucial men and masculinity (MM) scholars, as well as with feminist debates concerning the value of care as against justice.

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Professor Chris Beasley is Professor in Politics, and from 2009-2013 she was Co-Director of the Fay Gale Centre for Research on Gender, at the University of Adelaide.
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