Lynn Jamieson – presentation

Intimate and Family Practices, generational justice, environmental justice and global inequalities

Climate change globalizes and radicalizes social inequality; it exacerbates inequalities of rich and poor, core and periphery, and at the same time dissolves them in the face of a common threat to humanity. (Beck 2010)

Sustainable development “development that meets the needs of current generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (WCED, 1987, p. 45).

Intimate and family practices are implicated in the boundaries of both everyday acts of kindness and concerns for justice that extend beyond or stop with ‘nearest and dearest’. David Morgan’s talk and the earlier keynote speakers have touched on the relevance of intimate and family practise to issues of global inequalities. In his more optimistic moments, Ulrich Beck referred to the possibility of transnational personal relationships eroding tolerance of global inequalities. Unfortunately the empirical research more often suggests ways in which personal relationships are implicated in the reproduction of inequality. Nevertheless, research on families and personal relationships is also suggestive of circumstances which foreground or reconfigure issues of justice and inequality. This final plenary addresses these issues by more explicitly focusing on the ideas of generational justice and environmental justice that circulate in discussions of sustainable development.


(Beck, U. 2010. ‘Climate for Change, or How to Create a Green Modernity?’ Theory, Culture & Society 27: 254-266.
World Commission on Environment and Development. 1987. Our Common Future. Oxford University Press. (the Brundtland Report)).


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