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Practical Justice: Principles, Practice and Social Change

ISBN 9781138541658
Published March 26, 2019 by Routledge
264 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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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.