Globalization and neoliberalism, the information economy and the high-tech economy have created a new transnational elite of the super rich. At the same time, however, this global market economy offers little or nothing to the increasingly poor, marginalized, and dispossessed.
While written from different theoretical perspectives, the arguments in this text are all situated around the organizing theme of social justice, highlighting larger systemic patterns of injustice associated with neoliberal globalization. With a focus on:
social justice and democratization
- social justice and human rights
- social justice and social and economic inequalities
It provides a critical and comparative understanding of many of the divisive dynamics of contemporary globalization, including multiple forms of exclusion, subordination, and disempowerment. Given the persistence of gender inequalities, gender is emphasized throughout as an important intersectional site for understanding social justice.
International and diverse in scope, the text links sociological research to social justice with varied emphasis on theoretical, historical, analytical, descriptive and applied contexts. Committed and impassioned, this text shows how sociologists can (re)engage social justice concerns in the 21st century.