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Routledge International Handbook of Social Justice

Edited by: Michael Reisch

Print publication date:  April  2014
Online publication date:  April  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415620437
eBook ISBN: 9781315857534
Adobe ISBN: 9781317934011

10.4324/9781315857534
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In a world where genocide, hunger, poverty, war, and disease persist and where richer nations often fail to act to address these problems or act too late, a prerequisite to achieving even modest social justice goals is to clarify the meaning of competing discourses on the concept. Throughout history, calls for social justice have been used to rationalize the status quo, promote modest reforms, and justify revolutionary, even violent action. Ironically, as the prominence of the concept has risen, the meaning of social justice has become increasingly obscured.

This authoritative volume explores different perspectives on social justice and what its attainment would involve. It addresses key issues, such as resolving fundamental questions about human nature and social relationships; the distribution of resources, power, status, rights, access, and opportunities; and the means by which decisions regarding this distribution are made. Illustrating the complexity of the topic, it presents a range of international, historical, and theoretical perspectives, and discusses the dilemmas inherent in implementing social justice concepts in policy and practice. Covering more than abstract definitions of social justice, it also includes multiple examples of how social justice might be achieved at the interpersonal, organizational, community, and societal levels.

With contributions from leading scholars around the globe, Reisch has put together a magisterial and multi-faceted overview of social justice. It is an essential reference work for all scholars with an interest in social justice from a wide range of disciplines, including social work, public policy, public health, law, criminology, sociology, and education.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  The Emergence of Social Justice in the West Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Religious Influences on Justice Theory Download PDF
Chapter  3:  The Gandhian Concept of Social Justice Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Social Justice in an Era of Globalization Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Social Justice in the Middle East Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Decolonizing Livelihoods, Decolonizing the Will Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Social Justice, Transitional Justice, and Political Transformation in South Africa Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Indigenous Struggles for Justice Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Social Justice and Liberalism Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Conservatism and Social Justice Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Social Justice and Critical Theory Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Social Justice Feminism Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Postmodern Perspectives on Social Justice Download PDF
Chapter  14:  The Capability Approach and Social Justice Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Human Rights as Pillars of Social Justice Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Social Justice and Income Support Policies Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Social Justice and Education  Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Social Justice and Criminal Justice Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Social Justice for Children and Youth Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Housing, Homelessness, and Social Justice Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Environmental Justice  Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Health Inequality and Social Justice  Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Psychological Justice Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Violence and Safety Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Social Care and Social Justice Download PDF
Chapter  26:  A Looming Dystopia Download PDF
Chapter  27:  The Last Frontier? Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Why Poverty and Inequality Undermine Justice in America Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Justice, Culture, and Human Rights Download PDF
Chapter  30:  The Use of the Arts in Promoting Social Justice Download PDF
Chapter  31:  By Its Absence Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Music and Social Justice Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Social Justice and Cinema Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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