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Scales of Justice: Reimagining Political Space in a Globalizing World (Paperback)

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Nancy Fraser is Henry A. and Louise Loeb Professor of Philosophy and Politics at the New School for Social Research and the author ofAdding Insult to Injury: Debating Redistribution, Recognition, and Representation;Redistribution or Recognition? A Political-Philosophical Exchange (with Axel Honneth);Justice Interruptus: Critical Reflections on the Postsocialist Condition; andUnruly Practices: Power, Discourse, and Gender in Contemporary Social Theory.

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 open dispute. Today, however, human-rights activists and international feminists join critics of structural adjustment and the World Trade Organization in challenging the view that justice can only be a domestic relation among fellow citizens. Targeting injustices that cut across borders, they are making the scale of justice an object of explicit struggle.

Inspired by these efforts, Nancy Fraser asks: What is the proper frame for theorizing justice? Faced with a plurality of competing scales, how do we know which one is truly just? In exploring these questions, Fraser revises her widely discussed theory of redistribution and recognition. She introduces a third, "political" dimension of justicerepresentationand elaborates a new, reflexive type of critical theory that foregrounds injustices of "misframing." Engaging with thinkers such as Jurgen Habermas, John Rawls, Michel Foucault, and Hannah Arendt, she envisions a "postwestphalian" mapping of political space that accommodates transnational solidarity, transborder publicity, and democratic frame-setting, as well as emancipatory projects that cross borders. The result is a sustained reflection on who should count with respect to what in a globalizing world.


ISBN 9780231146814
Genre PHILOSOPHY / Political
Format Paperback
Pages 224
Publisher Date 2010-09-30 00:00:00.0
Publisher Columbia Univ Pr
Copyright Year 2010
Height 9.0 in
Wdth 6.0 in
Thickness 0.5 in
Unit weight 0.7 lb
Language English
Subtitle Reimagining Political Space in a Globalizing World
Series Name New Directions in Critical Theory
Edition Detail Reprint
Audience College/higher education
Authors Fraser, Nancy

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