Possibilities of Justice

Jeffrey C. Alexander

in The Civil Sphere

Published in print August 2006 | ISBN: 9780195162509
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199943364 | DOI:
Possibilities of Justice

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This book is about justice and about the democratic institutions and beliefs that can sustain justice in our massively complex and highly stratified world. Justice depends on solidarity, on the feeling of being connected to others, of being part of something larger than ourselves, a whole that imposes obligations and allows us to share convictions, feelings, and cognitions, gives us a chance for meaningful participation, and respects our individual personalities even while giving us the feeling that we are all in the same boat. This chapter asks: What could be more important than justice? What has been more important to the dynamics of our societies? What has been more difficult to conceptualize in social theory and philosophy, and what more difficult to explain in social science?

Keywords: justice; democratic institutions; solidarity; social theory

Chapter.  3814 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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