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Struggles for Justice in Latin America

Susan Eva Eckstein and Timothy P. Wickham-Crowley

in What Justice? Whose Justice?

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2003 | ISBN: 9780520237445
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520936980 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520237445.003.0001
Struggles for Justice in Latin America

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This chapter delineates the overarching thematic orientation of the text, and in doing so, establishes the predominant theoretical nature of the book as well. The contemporary frustration over dictatorship, and the repositioning of the global perspective to human rights has evoked a renewal of democratic spirit. It has been followed by a renewed focus on the gamut of justice. This has posed three questions in the directions of whom, what, and why. Transhistorical deliberation on social justice has yet to infer a discernable consensus on the meaning and bases of social justice. It is posited that if people define social situations as unjust, then such perceived injustices are real in their consequences. This theory is the guiding beacon of the text, which is designed to launch a much-needed, long overdue interdisciplinary concern with injustices and how they might be mitigated.

Keywords: dictatorship; social justice; bases; social situations; perceived injustice; interdisciplinary

Chapter.  12551 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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