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Thinking Allowed: Conservatism and emotional labour in a care home

Updated Tuesday, 17th February 2015

This week's Thinking Allowed focuses on the intellectual roots of Conservatism and also the emotional labour of care workers in a private residential care home. 

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On this week's programme


Roger Scruton, Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, London, talks to Laurie Taylor, about the intellectual roots of Conservative values. Arguing that ‘soft left liberalism’ is the dominant force in Western politics, he offers an alternative perspective, one which defends the key tenets of conservative ideology. 

Emotional Labour:

Also, the emotional labour of care workers in a private residential care home. Eleanor Johnson, Researcher in Social Sciences at the University of Cardiff, talks about her case study of carer's practical and emotional work.

This edition of Thinking Allowed is first broadcast on Wednesday 18th February 2015 at 4.00pm on BBC Radio 4For further broadcast details, and to listen again where available, please visit

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