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Global Justice: The Basics

ISBN 9781138816305
Published December 14, 2016 by Routledge
238 Pages

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Book Description

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.

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


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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).




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