Social Justice and Increasing Global Destitution

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University Press of America, Aug 4, 2009 - Social Science - 228 pages
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Social justice has long been an aspect of the human experience. Communities sustain each other through its pursuit and practice, yet sometimes people require the assistance of a good government committed to a responsible public policy that supports every citizen's right to opportunities and required resources. In this book, Okosun claims that there has been a diminution of the pursuit and practice of social justice. Okosun explores impediments to the pursuit of distributive justice to show how social arrangements, ideologies, and specific belief patterns play significant roles in trumping social justice and increasing global suffering. Instead, these different powerful social influences augment individualistic aspirations, which detract from the critical, local, and global advancement of the human condition. Okosun argues that critical questioning about their position and role in the process of destitution-making has the potential to move people toward each other in view of collaborative local and global transformation.
 

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Contents

Stating the Problem
1
Initial Concern
9
Negating the Lessons of History
25
Struggle for a Response
47
Ghetto Construction and Entrenchment
63
Marginalization in Style
83
Social Justice Then and Now
97
The Diminution of Distributive Justice
119
Social Justice and Social Belief Patterns
151
The Advantage of Ambivalent Questioning
163
Reclaiming and Enhancing Social Justice
171
A Social Justice Proposal
181
Conclusion
195
References
199
Index
211
About the Author
219

Social Justice versus Modernity and Rationality
131

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About the author (2009)

T.Y. Okosun teaches justice studies at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, Illinois. He has lived and worked in many countries around the world. Okosun is the author of Honduras and Beyond: A Memory of Inequality and other titles.

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