The Subject of Injustice

The Subject of Injustice : Political Action, Law and Empowerment

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Normative and communitarian traditions define justice either as abstraction or as concretization, and in terms of either universal reason or of particular identity. In both cases, the archetypal morphology of the rule of law reproduces essentially the same representational schema, in which the singular, and concrete, event of injustice is denied any theoretical value. In response, this book aims to think from this event; giving voice to those cast outside of the accepted categories, the excluded and outlawed, the insurgents and rebels. These subjects of injustice articulate subjectivity beyond empty abstraction and forced concretization, yet by being radically indeterminate, they prevent it from becoming hegemonic. As such, they express a principle of unfounded hope, which in turn underwrites the redemptive power at the heart of political justice. Here, then, the event of injustice is considered as a constitutive, and indeed revolutionary, moment which nevertheless demands to be transformed into a constitutional one. And it is in its theorization of law from such an event that this book offers an original account, not of the creation of victims, but of the ways in which the experience of injustice can empower the more

Product details

  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 156 x 234mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 113881413X
  • 9781138814134

About Bethania Assy

Bethania Assy is Associate Professor of Law at the Pontifican and State Universities of Rio de Janeiroshow more

Table of contents

Section I: The temporality of justice 1.1. Rupture, Event, and Redemption 2. Singular Event and Testimonial Narrative Section II: The subject of injustice 3. Framing Subjectivity, Factical Experience, and Empowerment 4. Being Political as a Form of Life, and Insurgent Subjectivities Section III: Law as political 5. The Broken Promise of Law, and the Right to Transgress 6. The Potency of Weakness The Extraordinary Politics of Resistance Section IV: The fidelity to injustice 7. Injustice: Beyond Normativity And Before Ethics 8. A Post-Identitarian Politics of Loveshow more