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Structural InjusticePower, Advantage, and Human Rights$
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Madison Powers and Ruth Faden

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190053987

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190053987.001.0001

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(p.1) Chapter 1 Introduction
(p.iii) Structural Injustice

Madison Powers

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides an overview of some of the distinctive features of the theory of structural injustice developed in this book, and it concludes with a brief outline of the key topics and arguments presented in subsequent chapters. Among the distinctive features are the important links the theory forges between human rights norms and fairness norms and its intended application to circumstances in which structurally unfair patterns of power and advantage and human rights violations are routinely intertwined. These circumstances are found within different kinds of nation-states and in interactions across national boundaries. In addition, the theory is distinctive in its reliance on examples that illustrate the insights and perspectives of participants in social movements around the world, as well as its emphasis on justifiable forms of resistance in circumstances in which institutions are unwilling or unable to address pressing issues of injustice.

Keywords:   systematic disadvantage, structural injustice, unfairness, human rights, well-being, nation-states, power, sacrifice zones, Black Lives Matter

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