Toward What Justice? brings together compelling ideas from a wide range of intellectual traditions in education to discuss corresponding and sometimes competing definitions of justice. Leading scholars articulate new ideas and challenge entrenched views of what justice means when considered from the perspectives of diverse communities. Their chapters, written boldly and pressing directly into the difficult and even strained questions of justice, reflect on the contingencies and incongruences at work when considering what justice wants and requires. At its heart, Toward What Justice? is a book about justice projects, and the incommensurable investments that social justice projects can make. It is a must-have volume for scholars and students working at the intersection of education and Indigenous studies, critical disability studies, climate change research, queer studies, and more.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Born Under the Rising Sign of Social Justice
[Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang]
1. Against Prisons and the Pipeline to Them
2.Beginning and Ending with Black Suffering: A Meditation on and Against Racial Justice in Education
[Michael J. Dumas]
3. Refusing the University
4. Towards Justice as Ontology: Disability and the Question of (In)Difference
5. Against Social Justice and The Limits of Diversity; or Black People and Freedom
6.When Justice is a Lackey
7. The Revolution Has Begun
8.Pedagogical Applications of Toward What Justice
[Deanna Del Vecchio, Sam Spady, and Nisha Toomey]
Eve Tuck is Associate Professor of Critical Race and Indigenous Studies at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto.
K. Wayne Yang is Associate Professor in Ethnic Studies at the University of California, San Diego.
'What if justice were a collective improvisational practice and not a thing that we could seize and hold? What if justice were not simple nor simplistic, what if it were not an empty set nor an empty void? How would we then approach the possibility for doing, practicing, inhabiting the rubric and sign of social justice? In this volume, edited by Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang, justice as social is put to question. Theirs is a project that grounds contingency and incommensurability not as foreclosures but as openings to the very possibilities for collaborative work and practice. In this way, justice-social would not be a private property to be grasped and held and owned, settler logic, but would instead be a pursuit in the direction of a mode for relating, a practice of behavior, a way of life. Not a utopia but a restiveness and desire and drive that imagines the constant flow and force of unfolding otherwise possibility.'
—Ashon Crawley is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and African American and African Studies at the University of Virginia, USA