While social injustice has been increasing, the idea of social justice has been undermined by unfounded appeals to qpersonal responsibilityq and qequal opportunity.q Brian Barry exposes the shoddy logic and distortion of reality that underpins this ideology. Once we understand the role of the social structure in limiting options, we have to recognize that really putting into practice ideas such as equal opportunity and personal responsibility would require a fundamental transformation of almost all existing institutions. Barry argues that only if inequalities of wealth and income are kept within a narrow range can equal prospects for education, health and autonomy be realized. He proposes a number of policies to achieve a more equal society and argues that they are economically feasible. But are they politically possible? The apparent stability of the status quo is delusory, he responds: radical changes in our way of life are unavoidable.aquot; Brian Barry exposes the shoddy logic and distortion of reality that underpins this ideology.
|Title||:||Why Social Justice Matters|
|Publisher||:||Polity - 2005-03-04|