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Structural Injustice: Power, Advantage, and Human Rights

Madison Powers and Ruth Faden


This book develops a theory of structural injustice that forges important links between human rights norms and fairness norms. Norms of both kinds are underpinned by a conception of well-being. This conception provides the foundation for human rights, explains the depth of unfairness of systematic patterns of disadvantage, and locates the fundamental unfairness of power relations in forms of control some groups have over the well-being of other groups. In addition, the theory applies to circumstances in which structurally unfair patterns of power and advantage and human rights violations are r ... More

Keywords: structural injustice, human rights, resistance, well-being, power, disadvantage, fairness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190053987
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190053987.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Madison Powers, author
Professor of Philosophy, Georgetown University

Ruth Faden, author
Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics