Scales of Justice: Reimagining Political Space in a Globalizing World (New Directions in Critical Theory (Paperback)) Paperback – 26 Feb 2010
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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. See all Product Description
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An excellent argument and book. Highly recommended reading for anyone working, or interested, in the realm of social justice.