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Skape Meeting: Philip Cook on 'Measuring Respect: can children's social equality be expressed in policy?'

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Skape Meeting: Philip Cook on 'Measuring Respect: can children's social equality be expressed in policy?'
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Date and Time
25th Jan 2017 12:00 - 25th Jan 2017 13:00
Location
Conference Room 2.15, Chrystal Macmillan Building
URL
http://www.skape.ed.ac.uk/research/meetings/2016_2017/skape_meeting_philip_cook_on_measuring_respect_can_childrens_social_equality_be_expressed_in_policy

Abstract

Stigma, discrimination, and marginalisation stain our social relations. These stains may persist even if our societies become more equal materially. Social equality requires that individuals, groups, and social institutions treat all with respect, in addition to ensuring all receive equal shares of society's goods. But our understanding of social equality is limited: our conception of respect is vague; our devices for promoting it crude; and our sense of who should be treated as social equals unclear. This project interrogates a pressing social problem that embodies these complexities: 'can we measure the respect children experience in schools?' The project aims to clarify our normative and empirical understanding of respect; to develop a feasible metric for respect that is philosophically and administratively robust; to probe the boundaries of social equality by challenging the current omission of children. The presentation will set out the rationale for the project and invite feedback on how it may be developed for future grant applications.