Social justice and the family

Brighouse Harry and Swift Adam

in Social justice and public policy

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9781861349347
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303404 | DOI:
Social justice and the family

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This chapter discusses the problems associated with the family in terms of a theory of social justice. It studies family values and relationship goods, and then differentiates equality of opportunity and parental partiality. Finally, the chapter takes a look at the concepts of family values and family policy. It determines that the family is often invoked in justifications of inequality, and that those who care about ‘family values’ should focus on the needs of those least able to enjoy them.

Keywords: social justice; family; family values; relationship goods; opportunity; parental partiality; family policy; inequality

Chapter.  7603 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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