Since the publication of Rawls' seminal work, A Theory of Justice, in the second half of the twentieth century, the concept has been constantly debated, with those on the political right and left advocating very different understandings. This unique global collection, written by an exceptional group of international experts, offers a wide-ranging analysis which challenges claims that the market can provide social justice for all.
Comprehensive in both its geographical and thematic coverage, authors link theory to policy and practice. Sections cover how to think strategically about social justice in relation to national perspectives; equality and human rights; and applications of the concept to a range of welfare divisions and professional practices. Reflecting both historical and contemporary debates on the subject, the Handbook provides a strong political focus, as well as widening the view of social justice beyond narrow perspectives on welfare provision.
This Handbook will be an excellent tool for students at a postgraduate level in the social sciences, particularly social policy, sociology, politics and philosophy. Established researchers of political and sociological theory, and practitioners and policy-makers in professional areas of welfare provision, will also find the extensive insights into current research exceptionally useful for enhancing and developing their work, and situating it within a clear political and philosophical context.
'This wide-ranging Handbook demonstrates how the concept of social justice provides a valuable lens for the analysis of diverse contemporary policy and political issues. Drawing on a number of disciplines and theoretical perspectives, it puts theory to the service of policy and practice.'
– Professor the Baroness Ruth Lister of Burtersett, Loughborough University, UK
Contributors: S. Aboim, D. Beetham, J. Bradshaw, G. Craig, M.E. David, W.T. Duncanson, N. Ellison, I. Greener, B. Hale, J. Hearn, M. Hill, J. Hudson, L. Kahn, M. Kennet, S. Lansley, A. Lewicki, K. Lucas, H. Mahomed, K. Martens, M. Mayo, P. Mendes, S.P. Mohanty, N. Naylor, F. Nullmeier, P. Parvin, J. Phillimore, M.J. Prince, K. Rummery, P. Savidan, A. Sayer, T. Shakespeare, T. Shefer, J. Solomos, P. Somerville, H. Sommerlad, V. Taylor, A. Walker, N. Watson.
Edited by Gary Craig, Visiting professor, Law School, University of Newcastle upon Tyne and Honorary Professor, Department of Social Policy and Social Work, University of York, UK.