Handbook on Global Social Justice
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Handbook on Global Social Justice

Edited by Gary Craig

In the fifty years since Rawls seminal work A Theory of Justice, the concept has been debated with those on the political right and left advocating very different understandings. This unique global collection, written by a group of international experts, offers wide-ranging analyses of the meaning of social justice that challenge the ability of the market to provide social justice for all. The Handbook also looks at how the theory of social justice informs practice within a range of occupations or welfare divisions.
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Chapter 13: Racialised inequalities and social justice: policy frames and social change

John Solomos


As the twentieth century has progressed, it has become clear that questions about race were central not just to the civil rights struggle in the USA but also to colonial and postcolonial societies, to the analysis of the Nazi racial state, apartheid South Africa and increasingly in post-1945 European societies such as Britain, France, the Netherlands and elsewhere. Indeed, it can be argued that questions about race and racialised inequalities were very much at the heart of political and public policy debates about social justice throughout much of the twentieth century. In the second half of the twentieth century, the importance of struggles around racialised inequalities came to the fore in a number of geopolitical environments, and most countries have seen the evolution of a range of public policies that seek in one way or another to address questions about racial inequalities and social justice. This chapter highlights continuing issues emerging from these struggles.

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