Beyond Redistribution

Beyond Redistribution : White Supremacy and Racial Justice

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Since the publication of John Rawls's A Theory of Justice in 1971, political philosophers in the English-speaking world have shared a broad consensus that social justice should be understood as a matter of fair distribution of social resources. Many contemporary political philosophers disagree sharply about what would count as a fair distribution of social resources, yet agree that if social resources were to be distributed fairly, then social justice would exist. In Beyond Redistribution, Kevin M. Graham argues that political theories operating on a distributive understanding of social justice fail to address adequately certain forms of social injustice related to race. Graham argues that political philosophy could understand race-related injustice more fully by shifting its focus away from distributive inequities between whites and nonwhites and toward white supremacy, the unfair power relationships that allow whites to dominate and oppress nonwhites. Beyond Redistribution offers a careful, detailed critique of the positions of leading contemporary liberal political philosophers on race-related issues of social justice. Graham's analysis of the racial politics of police violence and public education in Omaha, Nebraska, vividly illustrates why the search for racial justice in the United States must move beyond more

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  • Electronic book text | 146 pages
  • Lexington Books
  • MD, United States
  • 0739130986
  • 9780739130988

About Kevin M Graham

Kevin M. Graham is associate professor of philosophy at Creighton more

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In "Beyond Redistribution," Kevin Graham argues that the system of white supremacy still prevailing in the United States is characterized not only by an unfair distribution of economic resources, but also by derogatory controlling images of non-white persons. Graham contends that distributive liberalism is incapable of fully understanding the injustice of this white supremacist system; for instance, it can neither fully comprehend nor remedy the serious harms perpetrated by hate speech. In Graham s view, philosophers concerned to address white supremacy should begin by developing an understanding of participatory democracy, since schemes for distributing social resources can be devised only in a context of pluralistic deliberation. Graham s book makes a substantive contribution both to critical liberal and critical race theory and will be a valuable teaching tool. It is short, clear, incisive and full of examples of white supremacy, especially as this operates in Graham s own city of Omaha, Nebraska.--Alison Jaggar, University of Colorado at Boulder"show more

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