Why Social Justice Matters
In the past twenty years, social injustice has increased enormouslyin Britain and the United States, regardless of the party in power.At the same time, the idea of social justice itself has beensubverted, as the mantras of personal responsibility and equalopportunity have been employed as an excuse for doing nothing aboutthe enrichment of the few at the expense of the many and for makingever harsher demands on the poor and vulnerable.
With grace and wit, Brian Barry exposes the shoddy logic anddistortion of reality that underpins this ideology. Once weunderstand the role of the social structure in limiting options, wehave to recognize that really putting into practice ideas such asequal opportunity and personal responsibility would require afundamental transformation of almost all existing institutions.
Barry argues that only if inequalities of wealth and income arekept within a narrow range can equal prospects for education,health and autonomy be realized. He proposes a number of policiesto achieve a more equal society and argues that they areeconomically feasible. But are they politically possible?
The apparent stability of the status quo is delusory, heresponds: radical changes in our way of life are unavoidable.Whether these changes are for better or for worse depends partly onthe availability of a coherent set of principles and a programmeflowing from them that is capable of mobilizing the growingdiscontent with business as usual. That is, ultimately, why socialjustice matters.
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Read in here the 3 chapters on 'The cult of personal responsibility' then ask why there's so LITTLE 'personal accountability' for outcomes. Read full review
Why We Need a Theory
The Machinery of Social Injustice
The Scope of Social Justice
Why Equal Opportunity?
The Making of the Black Gulag
Pathologies of Inequality
Jobs and Incomes
Can We Afford Social Justice?
The Power of Ideas
How Change Happens