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Scales of Justice: Reimagining Political Space in a Globalizing World (New Directions in Critical Theory (Paperback)) Paperback – 26 Feb 2010

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  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press; Reprint edition (26 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231146817
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231146814
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 702,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fraser makes a persuasive case that it is the theorist's duty to become acutely sensitive to globalization and all its effects.--Noelle McAfee"Signs" (01/01/0001)

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Until recently, struggles for justice proceeded against the background of a taken–for–granted frame: the bounded territorial state. With that Westphalian picture of political space assumed by default, the scope of justice was rarely subject to explicit dispute. Today, the scope of justice is hotly contested, as human–rights activists and international feminists join critics of structural adjustment and the WTO in targeting injustices that cut across borders. Seeking to re–map the bounds of justice on a broader scale, these movements are challenging the view that justice can only be a domestic relation among fellow citizens. As their claims collide with those of nationalists and Westphalian democrats, we witness new forms of meta–political contestation in which the scale of justice is an object of explicit dispute. Under these conditions, there is no avoiding an issue that had once seemed to go without saying: What is the proper frame for theorizing justice? Faced with a plurality of competing scales, how do we know which scale of justice is truly just?

Scales of Justice tackles this issue. Interrogating struggles over globalization, Nancy Fraser reconstructs the theory of justice for a post–Westphalian world. Revising her widely discussed theory of redistribution and recognition, she introduces representation as a third, political, dimension of justice, which permits us to re–conceive scale and scope as questions of justice. Seeking to re–imagine political space for a globalizing world, she revisits the concepts of democracy, solidarity, and the public sphere; the projects of critical theory, the World Social Forum, and second–wave feminism; and the thought of Habermas, Rawls, Foucault, and Arendt.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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By B on 19 Mar. 2014
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I should start by saying that I'm a fan of Nancy Fraser. I thoroughly enjoyed her two previous works (Redistribution or Recognition, co-authored with Axel Honneth, and Justice Interruptus). This work, I think, solidifies her theory and supplies the final piece to make it fully encompassing. In her previous works Fraser discusses the necessity for a dual frame of justice, one that includes both the justice of redistribution (to rectify economic injustices) and recognition (to address social injustices), in this work Fraser includes Representation as a means of addressing political injustices. As is Fraser's style, she works through a variety of criticisms and ways of approaching the problems of misrepresenatation and _misframing_ and develops a well rounded and comprehensive theory of justice.
An excellent argument and book. Highly recommended reading for anyone working, or interested, in the realm of social justice.
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HASH(0x973e3908) out of 5 stars Fraser revises her theory 26 Sept. 2011
By Karla - Published on Amazon.com
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In this book, Fraser revises her justice theory (which included redistribution and recognition) and adds a third dimension (representation). The book feels repetitive towards the end, but Fraser's ideas are interesting, engaging, and at times, provocative. One of the chapters include a great historical review (using her theory) of the second wave feminism, and a critique of current politics tied up with fundamentalist evangelicalism. Overall, a good book.
HASH(0x9699ad68) out of 5 stars Forced to Read - But enjoyed 17 May 2013
By Colin Rayburn - Published on Amazon.com
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Read Scales of Justice for a philosophy course. It was surprisingly enjoyable. Fraser is humble and honest, her views are typically provocative.
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