1st Edition

Practical Justice: Principles, Practice and Social Change

Edited By Peter Aggleton, Alex Broom, Jeremy Moss Copyright 2019
    264 Pages
    by Routledge

    264 Pages
    by Routledge

    This volume engages with questions of justice and equality, and how these can be achieved in modern society. It explores how theory and research can inform policy and practice to bring about real change in people’s lives, helping readers understand and interrogate patterns and causes of inequality, while investigating how these might be remedied. Chapters outline ways in which theories of justice inform and are factored into effective actions, programmes and interventions.

    The book includes an international selection of case studies. These range from global inequalities in development and health to cross-border conflict; from gender justice to disability violence; from child protection to disability-inclusive research; from illicit drug use to torture prevention; and from prison wellbeing to sexual and reproductive health and rights.

    Together, contributors explore:

    • how social science and humanities scholarship can lead to a better understanding of, and capacity to respond to, key social issues and problems
    • the importance of normative reflection and a concern for principles of justice in pursuit of social change
    • the importance of community voice and grassroots action in the pursuit of justice, equity and equality.

    Envisioning a better world – in which concern for the just treatment of all trumps the pursuit of privilege and inequality – Practical Justice: Principles, Practice and Social Change will appeal to students and academics in disciplines as diverse as philosophy, political science, sociology, anthropology, geography and education, and in fields such as policy studies, criminology, healthcare, social work and social welfare.

    Notes on Contributors


    Practical justice: by way of introduction

    Peter Aggleton, Alex Broom and Jeremy Moss

    Part I. Perspectives and accounts

    Chapter 1: Concepts of justice and practical injustices

    Paul Patton and Jeremy Moss

    Chapter 2: ‘Homeless women’: histories of emotion and justice

    Anne O'Brien

    Chapter 3: Worlds apart and still no closer to justice: recognition and redress in gendered disability violence

    Leanne Dowse

    Chapter 4: Supporting mental health in low-income communities: implications for justice and equity

    Felicity Thomas and Lorraine Hansford

    Chapter 5: Critical theories of justice and the practice of torture prevention

    Danielle Celermajer

    Chapter 6: Poverty in rich countries: damage, difference and possibilities for justice

    Kylie Valentine

    Chapter 7: Engaging global institutions to achieve practical justice: the case of sexual rights

    Sofia Gruskin and Alexandra Nicholson


    Part II. From principles to practice

    Chapter 8: Practical justice in social work and social welfare: contested values

    Richard Hugman

    Chapter 9: A just child protection system – is it possible?

    Ilan Katz

    Chapter 10: Collaborative disability-inclusive research and evaluation as a practical justice process

    Karen R. Fisher and Rosemary Kayess

    Chapter 11: Justice and the political future for Indigenous Australians

    Darryl Cronin

    Chapter 12: The serendipity of justice: the case of unaccompanied migrant children becoming ‘adult’ in the UK

    Elaine Chase

    Chapter 13: Patient-reported measures as a justice project through involvement of service-user researchers

    Annie Madden, Paul Lennon, Cassie Hogan, Mel Getty, Max Hopwood, Joanne Neale and Carla Treloar

    Chapter 14: Unequal justice: the effect of mass incarceration on children’s educational outcomes in the USA – practical implications for policy and programmes

    Leila Morsy

    Chapter 15: Antimicrobial resistance, bacterial relations and social justice

    Alex Broom, Assa Doron and Peter Aggleton

    Chapter 16: Fostering change through the pursuit of practical justice in sexual and reproductive health and rights

    Purnima Mane and Peter Aggleton


    Peter Aggleton has worked internationally on sexuality, gender, health and rights for over 30 years. He is an Emeritus Scientia Professor at UNSW Sydney, Australia; a distinguished honorary professor at the Australian National University; an adjunct professor in the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University, Australia; and an honorary professor in the Institute for Global Health at UCL in London.

    Alex Broom is Scientia Professor of sociology in the Centre for Social Research in Health at UNSW Sydney, Australia. He is co-director of the Arts and Social Sciences Practical Justice Initiative and a recognised international leader in the sociology of health and illness. His current work aims to develop critical analyses of the social dynamics of cancer and palliative care, and the global challenge of antimicrobial resistance across contexts and cultures.

    Jeremy Moss is a professor of political philosophy and co-director of the Arts and Social Sciences Practical Justice Initiative at UNSW Sydney, Australia. He is an international expert on climate justice. His current research interests include climate justice and the ethical issues associated with climate transitions.