In this book, Wynne Walker Moskop addresses the practical and theoretical problem of how unequal political friendships evolve toward arrangements the parties consider reciprocal and just, a problem neglected by scholars of democracy that associate reciprocity and justice only with equal parties. Jane Addams may have insisted that Hull House was not a charity with philanthropic aspirations, but it still had to bring "two classes" to a shared purpose and more egalitarian relation.
Drawing on several bodies of scholarship—including Addams’s writings, secondary works about her collaborations, literature on Aristotelian political friendship, and feminist scholarship on the global migration of care workers—Moskop shows the importance of Addams's practices to the continuing relevance of unequal economic relations for shaping possibilities for political friendship. Contributing to a lively conversation about Addams’s work as a pragmatist thinker and social reformer that began three decades ago, Jane Addams on Inequality and Political Friendship is an invaluable resource to students of democratic theory, feminist political theory and philosophy, and American pragmatism who have overlooked conditions for friendship and justice in unequal relations, but need to, given the subordination of peoples because of race, class, gender, religion, and citizenship status in the U.S. and transnationally.
Chapter 1. Introduction: Political Friendship and Justice Among Unequals
Chapter 2. Addams’s Friendship Practices
Chapter 3. Economic Foundations of Pragmatist Political Friendship
Chapter 4. Economic Foundations of War and Peace
Chapter 5. Possibilities for Transnational Political Friendship
Chapter 6. Conclusion: A Feminist Pragmatist Approach to Political Friendship