Social studies lecturer, social worker and Feasta director Mark Garavan’s new book Compassionate Activism: An Exploration of Integral Social Care has just been published by the Peter Lang publishing group. The book sets out on a radical re-examination of the nature of social care, the way it is practised and its purpose. Rather than being confined to a qualified cohort of designated carers, social care is an activity for all. It is the gateway to the humanization of both care-giver and care- receiver. Yet the process of humanization, in order to be effective, needs to encompass both the personal and political worlds. The resultant integral social care can be re-imagined as compassionate activism.