© 2016

Affirmation, Care Ethics, and LGBT Identity

Palgrave Macmillan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Tim R. Johnston
    Pages 1-10
  3. Tim R. Johnston
    Pages 11-32
  4. Tim R. Johnston
    Pages 33-58
  5. Tim R. Johnston
    Pages 59-77
  6. Tim R. Johnston
    Pages 79-97
  7. Tim R. Johnston
    Pages 99-101
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 103-107

About this book


In this book, Johnston argues that affirmation is not only encouragement or support, but also the primary mechanism we use to form our identities and create safe spaces. Using the work of feminist care ethics and the thinking of French philosopher Henri Bergson to examine responses to school bullying and abuses faced by LGBT older adults, he provides the theoretical analysis and practical tools LGBT people and their allies need to make all spaces, public and private, spaces in which we can live openly as members of the LGBT community.

With its combination of philosophical theory and on-the-ground activist experience, this text will be useful to anyone interested in philosophy, women’s and gender studies, psychology, aging, geriatrics, and LGBT activism. 


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Authors and affiliations


About the authors

Tim R. Johnston, PhD is the Assistant Director of Social Enterprise and Training for SAGE (Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Elders), the nation’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to GLBT older adults. He is responsible for overseeing SAGE’s national cultural competency training program.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Affirmation, Care Ethics, and LGBT Identity
  • Authors Tim R. Johnston
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-59408-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-95527-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-59304-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VII, 107
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Social Care
    Cultural Studies
    Gender Studies


“Affirmation, Care Ethics, and LGBT Identity is a timely and original contribution to ethical philosophy, feminist theory, and LGBT studies. Johnston’s argument for affirmation as an ethical obligation is an important contribution to addressing the seemingly disparate problems of bullying and care for the elderly.” – Ellen Feder, William Fraser McDowell Professor of Philosophy and Social Policy, American University

“This book explores the need for affirmation as experienced by members of two different LGBT cohorts. The author combines theory and practice by drawing on philosophy, ethics, first-hand reports and popular culture examples. Significantly, the project adopts a life course perspective, which makes a strong and innovative contribution to the field. Moreover, it is a brave work, offering solutions to complex and pressing issues.” – Justine McGovern, Assistant Professor, Lehman College, USA