Struggles for global justice are being fought by civil society groups across the globe, addressing global inequalities, challenging neoliberal market driven globalization and demanding to remedy its negative implications. This book examines the roles religious communities and organizations in particular play in the struggles for global justice, roles too often ignored by scholars of the Global Justice Movement (GJM). It has two central themes:
- the role religion and religious actors play in global justice struggles, and
- the idea that justice is a contested concept among both religious and secular actors which requires some sort of ‘faith’ from its proponents.
These chapters transcend simplistic either/or binaries highlighting the difficulties of clearly distinguishing between religious and secular, progressive and conservative, or rational and irrational motives and norms in struggles for justice. Challenging the secularization paradigm that marginalizes the role religious actors play in public life these chapters show how these actors engage with a broad range of justice issues, how deeply contested justice is, and how its meaning may vary and change among religious actors as a result of the social or political context within which an injustice is encountered.
The chapters originally published as a special issue in Globalizations.
Introduction: Faith in Justice? The Role of Religion in Struggles for Global Justice
Claudia Baumgart-Ochse, Katharina Glaab, Peter J. Smith and Elizabeth Smythe
1. ‘Power Differences’ and ‘the Power of Difference’: The Dominance of Secularism as Ontological Injustice
Erin K. Wilson
2. Emancipation or Accommodation? Faith and Justice in a Globalized Africa
3. A Climate for Justice? Faith-based Advocacy on Climate Change at the United Nations
4. The United Nations Alliance of Civilisations and Global Justice
5. Faith Groups and Justice: A Source of Solidarity or Division in the Global Justice Movement? The World Social Forum and Occupy Wall Street as Case Studies
Peter J. Smith and Elizabeth Smythe
6. Keep the Faith: Progress, Social Justice and the Papacy
Mariano Pasquale Barbato
7. Claiming Justice for Israel/Palestine: The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) Campaign and Christian Organizations
Peter J. Smith, Katharina Glaab, Claudia Baumgart-Ochse and Elizabeth Smythe