Scales of Justice: Reimagining Political Space in a Globalizing World by Nancy FraserScales of Justice: Reimagining Political Space in a Globalizing World by Nancy Fraser

Scales of Justice: Reimagining Political Space in a Globalizing World

byNancy Fraser

Paperback | August 24, 2010

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Until recently, struggles for justice proceeded against the background of a taken-for-granted frame: the bounded territorial state. With that "Westphalian" picture of political space assumed by default, the scope of justice was rarely subject to open dispute. Today, however, human-rights activists and international feminists join critics of structural adjustment and the World Trade Organization in challenging the view that justice can only be a domestic relation among fellow citizens. Targeting injustices that cut across borders, they are making the scale of justice an object of explicit struggle.

Inspired by these efforts, Nancy Fraser asks: What is the proper frame for theorizing justice? Faced with a plurality of competing scales, how do we know which one is truly just? In exploring these questions, Fraser revises her widely discussed theory of redistribution and recognition. She introduces a third, "political" dimension of justice?representation?and elaborates a new, reflexive type of critical theory that foregrounds injustices of "misframing." Engaging with thinkers such as Jürgen Habermas, John Rawls, Michel Foucault, and Hannah Arendt, she envisions a "postwestphalian" mapping of political space that accommodates transnational solidarity, transborder publicity, and democratic frame-setting, as well as emancipatory projects that cross borders. The result is a sustained reflection on who should count with respect to what in a globalizing world.
Nancy Fraser is Henry A. and Louise Loeb Professor of Philosophy and Politics at the New School for Social Research and the author of Adding Insult to Injury: Debating Redistribution, Recognition, and Representation; Redistribution or Recognition? A Political-Philosophical Exchange (with Axel Honneth); Justice Interruptus: Critical Ref...
Title:Scales of Justice: Reimagining Political Space in a Globalizing WorldFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:August 24, 2010Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0231146817

ISBN - 13:9780231146814


Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Scales of Justice, the Balance, and the Map
2. Reframing Justice in a Globalizing World
3. Two Dogmas of Egalitarianism
4. Abnormal Justice
5. Transnationalizing the Public Sphere: On the Legitimacy and Efficacy of Public Opinion in a Postwestphalian World
6. Mapping the Feminist Imagination: From Redistribution to Recognition to Representation
7. From Discipline to Flexibilization? Rereading Foucault in the Shadow of Globalization
8. Threats to Humanity in Globalization: Arendtian Reflections on the Twenty-First Century
9. The Politics of Framing: An Interview with Nancy Fraser by Kate Nash and Vikki Bell

Editorial Reviews

Fraser makes a persuasive case that it is the theorist's duty to become acutely sensitive to globalization and all its effects.