(Mis)recognition, Social Inequality and Social Justice
Nancy Fraser and Pierre Bourdieu
Edited by Terry Lovell
Published December 24th 2007 by Routledge – 256 pages
Series: Ontological Explorations
Nancy Fraser’s work provides a theory of justice from multiple perspectives which has created a powerful frame for the analysis of political, moral and pragmatic dilemmas in an era of global capitalism and cultural pluralism. It has been developed through dialogue with key contemporary thinkers, including an extended critical exchange with Axel Honneth that touches importantly upon the work of the late Pierre Bourdieu on social suffering.
This collection of essays considers some of the conceptual and philosophical contentions that Fraser’s model has provoked and presents some compelling examples of its analytical power in a range of contexts in which the politics of social justice are at issue, including the politics of justice in South Africa, and social policy. It includes essays on queer theory and the paradoxical effects of gay marriage and civil partnerships on the imbalance in the social composition of UK parliamentary representation, and on the significance of class.
Lovell’s edited essays offer valuable reflections on an area of common
ground shared by sociology and moral philosophy: the Redistribution or
Bridget Fowler is a Professor Emerita of Sociology in the University of
1. Introduction 2. Re-faming Justice in a Globalizing World 3. Justice and the Public Sphere: The Dynamics of Nancy Fraser’s Critical Theory 4. Sexuality, Subjectivity and …Economics? 5. Nancy Fraser’s Theory of Justice: A ‘Sociologically Rich’ Model for a Global Capitalist Era? 6. Class, Moral Worth and Recognition 7. Feminist Critiques of Bourdieu: The Case of Social Capital 8. NQOC: Social Identity and Representation in British Politics 9. (Mis)-Recognition, Social Inequality and Social Justice: A Critical Social Policy Perspective 10. Needs, Rights and Transformations: The Adjudication of Social Rights in South Africa
Terry Lovell is a professor in the department of sociology at Warwick University and has published on feminist social and cultural theory.