The Wounds of Political Injustice

Daniel Philpott

in Just and Unjust Peace

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199827565
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949779 | DOI:

Series: Studies in Strategic Peacebuilding

The Wounds of Political Injustice

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This chapter defines wounds of political injustice. It explains the difference between primary and secondary wounds. It also describes six primary wounds of political injustice: 1) the violation of the victim's basic human rights, 2) harms to the victim's person, 3) victims' ignorance of the source and circumstances of political injustices, 4) the lack of acknowledgment of the suffering of victims, 5) the standing victory of the wrongdoer's political injustice, and 6) harm to the person of the wrongdoer.

Keywords: political injustice; primary wound; secondary wound

Chapter.  7231 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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