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Global Justice: The Basics

1st Edition

By Huw L. Williams, Carl Death


238 pages

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Global Justice: The Basics is a straightforward and engaging introduction to the theoretical study and practice of global justice. It examines the key political themes and philosophical debates at the heart of the subject, providing a clear outline of the field and exploring:

  • the history of its development
  • the current state of play
  • its ongoing interdisciplinary development.

Using case studies from around the world which illustrate the importance of the debates at the heart of global justice, as well as activist campaigns for global justice, the book examines a wide range of theoretical debates from thinkers worldwide, making it ideal for those seeking a balanced introduction to global justice.


Global Justice the basics stands as the 'go-to text' for a brief, basic, but high-level and well-informed introduction to its topic. Social and legal theorists will learn from its discussion of actual global justice movements, and scholars and students of social movements will gain a comprehensive overview of the major perspectives and debates. John Foran, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

This is an exceptional volume, which collects in a very short book a great deal of wisdom about the theory and practice of global justice. Williams and Death have written a book which connects philosophical reflection with activist energy – to the benefit of both. Michael Blake, University of Washington, USA

Table of Contents

Introduction: Why is global justice so far away?

  1. Theorizing Global Justice – from social justice to international justice
  2. Theorizing Global Justice – cosmopolitan thought
  3. Developmental routes to global justice
  4. Global justice in movement and practice
  5. Challenges from alternative visions of global justice


About the Authors

Huw L Williams is a Lecturer in philosophy at Cardiff University and National Lecturer for the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol. This is his fourth book, and his previous works include On Rawls, Development and Global Justice: The Freedom of Peoples (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), recently reprinted with a new preface.

Carl Death is a Senior Lecturer in International Politics at the University of Manchester. He is Co-Editor of African Affairs and an Associate Editor of International Relations. His most recent book is The Green State in Africa (Yale University Press, 2016).

About the Series

The Basics

The Basics is a highly successful series of accessible guidebooks which provide an overview of the fundamental principles of a subject area in a jargon-free and undaunting format.

Intended for students approaching a subject for the first time, the books both introduce the essentials of a subject and provide an ideal springboard for further study. With over 50 titles spanning subjects from Artificial Intelligence to Women’s Studies, The Basics are an ideal starting point for students seeking to understand a subject area.

Each text comes with recommendations for further study and gradually introduces the complexities and nuances within a subject.

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