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Justice in Society

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Published 29 Oct 2012 (Federation Press)
ISBN: 9781862878952. Soft Cover, 200 pages.

By Belinda Carpenter and Matthew Ball 

Australia has always made claims to being a just and fair society. It is a land of opportunity, where anyone can make it, and where mateship rather than class underpins social relations. Why is it, then, that our criminal justice system is host to the most disadvantaged and disenfranchised in our community? Why do certain groups of people continue to experience the worst forms of injustice in our society? And why do these injustices continue, despite numerous attempts by researchers and activists to address them? 

By exploring the ways in which we think about justice in the wider Australian society, this book considers these questions. As disciplines that have the most to say about justice and injustice, it analyses the contributions of political philosophy and sociology, and examines how their ideas have come to dominate discussion on issues ranging from asylum seeking to homophobic violence. By examining the shared assumptions about justice and injustice that underpin these discussions, this book also charts a course between and beyond these debates, and seeks to engage, challenge, and offer new possibilities for justice in Australian society. 

Relevant contemporary social issues like sex trafficking, homelessness, mental illness and Indigenous policing are examined throughout, placed in their historical, social and cultural context, and linked to local, national and global debates. Such analyses examine the broader implications of these criminological, social and legal issues for those excluded from justice in Australian society. 


Introduction - Justice in Society 

Part I – Thinking About Justice 

Justice and Injustice: Stories About Society

 Space, Place and Time: Stories about Ourselves 

Class, Race and Sex: Stories about Difference 

Part 2 – Justice and the Self 

Poverty, Power and Justice 

Women, Difference and Justice

 Indigenous Australians, Othering and Justice 

Sexuality, Normalisation and Justice 

Young People, Responsibility and Justice 

Part 3 – Responding to Injustice 

Criminal Law, Equality and Justice 

Punishment, Treatment and Justice

Human Rights, Empathy and Justice 

Citizenship, Belonging and Justice 


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