Rowman and Littlefield International

Justice Unbound

Voices of Justice for the 21st Century

By Patrizia Longo

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Offers an accessible reader that combines theory with historical and contemporary case studies that encourage students to apply their theoretical understandings of justice to real world issues.

Hardback ISBN: 9781786608130 Release date: Dec 2018
£85.00 €119.00 $126.00
Paperback ISBN: 9781786608147 Release date: Dec 2018
£39.95 €55.95 $58.00
Ebook ISBN: 9781786608154 Release date: Dec 2018
£37.95 €52.95 $55.00

Pages: 392


This important anthology provides students and teachers with voices of social and global justice that have been marginalized or forgotten by history. It gives thought-leaders, from the Global South a platform and engages the voices of oppressed communities, including Charles Mills and Franz Fanon and Ella Baker.

This text is a comprehensive analysis of modern and contemporary theories of justice. Since the publication in 1971 of John Rawls’s
A Theory of Justice, there has been much debate on his views from both the right and the left of the political spectrum. But there is a lack of textbooks that provide not only a compilation of substantial selections on challenges to Rawls’s theory from feminist and postcolonial scholars but that also include writings by non-white and non-Western authors on different aspects of justice. This book fills this huge gap and brings together many influential writings on the topic of justice that are often omitted in philosophy and political theory collections. This work addresses complex issues in an increasingly diverse society.

Student features include:

  • Accessible readings that combines theory with historical and contemporary case studies. This encourages students to apply their theoretical understandings of justice to real world issues.
  • Case studies offer teachers built-in class activities to explore the implications and applications of theory.
  • Includes contextualizing introductions at the beginning of each section

1. From the State of Nature to Society: The Social Contract and Its Critics / 2. Racial and Gender Justice: The Quest for Civil Rights / 3. Economic Justice and Social Welfare / 4. Environmental Justice: Confronting Racism and Imperialism / 5. Global Justice: Confronting Colonialism / 6. From Theory to Practice: Working Toward a Just World

Patrizia Longo is Professor of Politics at Saint Mary's College of California. She is an expert on gender politics and issues of social justice, particularly affecting women, in the U.S. and internationally. Her research also includes gender discrimination in the field of medicine, such as the glass ceiling for female surgeons, and human rights and labor equity issues revolving around immigrant women.

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Longo successfully brings together the work of a diverse array of feminist and postcolonial scholars whose writings challenge Rawls. In this era of Black Lives Matter, #MeToo, and the Occupy movement, there is a pressing need for a textbook to help students navigate and understand the barriers to justice and how they may be dismantled. Justice Unbound provides that.

Alana Jeydel, Professor of Political Science, American River College

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