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Handbook on Global Social Justice

Edited by Gary Craig, Professor Emeritus of Social Justice, WISE, University of Hull and Honorary Professor, Department of Social Policy and Social Work, University of York, UK
In the fifty years since Rawls seminal work A Theory of Justice, the concept has been debated with those on the political right and left advocating very different understandings. This unique global collection, written by a group of international experts, offers wide-ranging analyses of the meaning of social justice that challenge the ability of the market to provide social justice for all. The Handbook also looks at how the theory of social justice informs practice within a range of occupations or welfare divisions.
Extent: c 512 pp
Hardback Price: $290.00 Web: $261.00
Publication Date: July 2018
ISBN: 978 1 78643 141 7
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  • Politics and Public Policy
  • International Politics
  • Social Policy and Sociology
  • Comparative Social Policy
  • Sociology and Sociological Theory
In the 50 years since Rawls’ seminal work A Theory of Justice, the concept has been constantly debated, with those on the political right and left advocating very different understandings. This unique global collection, written by an exceptional group of international experts, offers a wide-ranging analysis that challenges claims that the market can provide social justice for all.  

Comprehensive in both its geographical and thematic coverage, authors link theory to policy and practice. Sections cover how to think strategically about social justice in relation to national perspectives; equality and human rights; and applications of the concept to a range of welfare divisions and professional practices. Reflecting both historical and contemporary debates on the subject, the Handbook provides a strong political focus, as well as widening the view of social justice past narrow perspectives on welfare provision.

This Handbook will be an excellent tool for students at a postgraduate level in the social sciences, particularly social policy, sociology, politics and philosophy. Established researchers of political and sociological theory, practitioners and policy makers in professional areas of welfare provision will also find the extensive insights into current research exceptionally useful for enhancing and developing their work, and situating it within a clear political and philosophical context.
‘This wide-ranging Handbook demonstrates how the concept of social justice provides a valuable lens for the analysis of diverse contemporary policy and political issues. Drawing on a number of disciplines and theoretical perspectives, it puts theory to the service of policy and practice.’
– Professor the Baroness Ruth Lister of Burtersett, Loughborough University, UK
Contributors include: S. Aboim, D. Beetham, J. Bradshaw, G. Craig, M. David, W.T. Duncanson, N. Ellison, I. Greener, B. Hale, J. Hearn, M. Hill, J. Hudson, L. Kahn, M. Kennet, S. Lansley, A. Lewicki, K. Lucas, H. Mahomed, K. Martens, M. Mayo, P. Mendes, S.P. Mohanty, N. Naylor, F. Nullmeier, P. Parvin, J. Phillimore, M.J. Prince, K. Rummery, P. Savidan, A. Sayer, T. Shakespeare, T. Shefer, H. Sommerlad, P. Somerville, V. Taylor, A. Walker, N. Watson

Part I Editorial introduction Gary Craig

Part II Theories of social justice Phil Parvin

Part III Thinking strategically about social justice
1. Income, wealth and taxation
Andrew Sayer

2. Social justice and welfare
John Hudson

3. Social justice and democratic politics
David Beetham

4. Poverty, inequality and social justice
Stewart Lansley

Part IV Social justice: some national perspectives
5. Canada: social justice and social policy in a liberal welfare state
Michael Prince

6. Australia: Ending the over-representation of Indigenous children in out-of-home care and returning them to their communities
Philip Mendes

7. France: A democratisation of an oligarchic ethos
Patrick Savidan

8. Germany
Frank Nullmeier

9. USA
Thomas Duncanson

10. South Africa: social justice perspectives in South Africa’s struggle for social transformation
Viviene Taylor

Part V Social justice, equalities and human rights
11. ‘Race’, multiculturalism and social justice
Gary Craig

12. Gender equality and social justice
Kirstein Rummery

13. Disability
Tom Shakespeare and Nicholas Watson

14. Age: ageing and social justice
Alan Walker

15. Sexuality, social justice and sexual justice
Jeff Hearn, Sofia Aboim and Tammy Shefer

16. Human Rights
Brenda Hale

17. Saving social justice and environmental justice in an age of tyranny and corruption
Miriam Kennet

Part VI Social justice in practice
18. Public policy
Nick Ellison

19. Law
Hilary Sommerlad

20. Migration policy: parity of participation for asylum-seekers in the UK?
Jenny Phillimore

21. Community development
Marjorie Mayo

22. Health
Ian Greener

23. Education: Challenging Inequalities in Education: A Feminist Approach
Miriam David

24. Transport
Karel Martens and Karen Lucas

25. Housing
Peter Somerville

26. Employment
Michael Hill

27. Civil Society and the values of social justice
Gary Craig

28. Social justice and Culture: On Identity, Intersectionality, and Epistemic Privilege
Satya Mohanty

29. Philanthropy: An exploration of love in the time of inequality
Halima Mahomed and Nicolette Naylor

30. Faith/religion: Race, religion and social justice
Aleksandra Lewicki

31. Children and young people
Jonathan Bradshaw

32. The media: Disrupting the frame: repositioning visual storytelling for change
Leora Kahn