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The Sociology of Complex Equality

Adam Swift

in Pluralism, Justice, and Equality

Published in print April 1995 | ISBN: 9780198280088
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599927 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198280084.003.0012
 The Sociology of Complex Equality

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Adam Swift examines the ways in which sociology can inform the study of distributive justice and equality, focusing specifically on the question of whether sociological literature supports Michael Walzer's normative ideal of complex equality. He argues that there are relevant sociological lessons about the role of the state and the importance of citizenship that restrict the scope of Walzer's general claim about the injustice of the conversion of goods between distinct distributive spheres.

Keywords: citizenship; complex equality; conversion; distributive justice; distributive spheres; equality; goods; justice; sociology; state

Chapter.  11420 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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