Academic Reflection – Narratives of Justice and the Welfare State in Times of Austerity

  • Irene Gedalof SOAS University of London
Keywords: Nicola Lacey, Unspeakable Subjects, welfare reform, austerity, public/private divide, social justice

Abstract

Considers the continuing relevance of chapter 2 of Nicola Lacey's Unspeakable Subjects (1998), on 'Theories of Justice and the Welfare State', to welfare reform within the contemporary neo-liberal state in Britain. Concludes that Lacey’s concern in that chapter, to open ideas of social justice to a recognition of collective differences and to challenge the public/private divide that stabilises and reinforces normative gender, is ever-more urgent in a political moment that refuses precisely these recognitions.

Author Biography

Irene Gedalof, SOAS University of London
Research Associate, Centre for Gender Studies, SOAS University of London, UK, member of the Feminist Review editorial collective and former Senior Lecturer in Sociology, London Metropolitan University.
Published
2018-12-21
How to Cite
Gedalof, I. (2018). Academic Reflection – Narratives of Justice and the Welfare State in Times of Austerity. feminists@law, 8(2). Retrieved from https://journals.kent.ac.uk/index.php/feministsatlaw/article/view/664
Section
Celebrating 20 Years of Nicola Lacey's Unspeakable Subjects