Social justice is an extraordinarily contested term. Embraced by some, anathema to others, little effort has been made to unpack what is really meant by this contentious term. We know that high emotions surround the notion of social justice.
However, what constitutes social justice, or what are the different academic discussions around it, are much less clear. The controversy around social justice is similar in scope and implications to the variety of perceptions of universities and their role in the United States.
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Erik Olin Wright
Erik Olin Wright is an American sociologist specializing in social stratification, and in egalitarian alternative futures to capitalism. He is currently president-elect of the American Sociological Association. His most recent book challenges us to "envision real utopias" [more]
Frances Fox Piven
Frances Fox Piven is Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Political Science at the City University of New York Graduate Center. Her scholarship and activism have centered on social movements, electoral politics, and welfare policy. [more]