SOCIAL JUSTICE: Theories, Issues and Movements
Loretta Capeheart, Dragan Milovanovic
Publication Year 2018
Pages 272 pages
Sale Territory South Asia
About the Book
An eye for an eye, the balance of scales – for centuries, these and other traditional concepts exemplified the public’s perception of justice. Today, popular culture, including television shows like Law and Order, informs the public’s vision. But do age-old symbols, portrayals in the media, and existing systems truly represent justice in all of its nuanced forms, or do we need to think beyond these notions?
In Social Justice: Theories, Issues, and Movements, Loretta Capeheart and Dragan Milovanovic respond to the need for a comprehensive introduction to this topic. The authors argue that common conceptions of criminal justice – which accept, for the most part, a politically established definition of crime – are too limited. Instead, they show the relevancy of history, political economy, culture, critique, and cross-cultural engagement to the advancement of justice.
Drawing on contemporary issues ranging from globalization to the environment, this essential textbook – ideal for course use – encourages practitioners, reformists, activists, and scholars to question the limits of the law in its present state in order to develop a fairer system at the local, national, and global levels.
Part I EXPLORATIONS IN SOCIAL JUSTICE
• Conceptions of Justice: Classic and Modern Forms
• Distributive Justice
• Retributive Justice
• Toward Transformative Justice
Part II ISSUES IN SOCIAL JUSTICE
• Multiculturalism, Globalism, and Challenges to Developing Forms of Justice
• Environmental and Ecological Justice
• Indigenous/Postcolonial Forms of Justice
• Postmodern Forms of Justice
Part III STRUGGLES FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE
• Legal Struggles and Social Justice
• Justice and Grassroots Struggles
• Emerging Conceptions of Justice in a Global Arena
About the Author / Editor
Loretta Capeheart’s activism focuses on the antiwar movement, union and workers’ rights, including immigrants’ rights, and the International Socialist Organization. Her research interests and accomplishments include publications on Latino women in the justice system and Latinos in Chicago Public Schools.
Dragan Milovanovic, a Bernard J. Brummel Distinguished Research Professor, has been an instructor in jail settings, a dormitory counselor of incarcerated juveniles, a member of a prison inspection team, and a participant in a coffee-picking brigade during postrevolutionary Nicaragua. He is author and coauthor of seventeen books and the previous editor of Humanity and Society. He is currently editor of the International Journal for Semiotics of Law.