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What Justice? Whose Justice?Fighting for Fairness in Latin America$
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Susan Eva Eckstein and Timothy Wickham-Crowley

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780520237445

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520237445.001.0001

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Struggles for Justice in Latin America

Struggles for Justice in Latin America

(p.1) CHAPTER ONE Struggles for Justice in Latin America
What Justice? Whose Justice?

Susan Eva Eckstein

Timothy P. Wickham-Crowley

University of California Press

This chapter delineates the overarching thematic orientation of the text, and in doing so, establishes the predominant theoretical nature of the book as well. The contemporary frustration over dictatorship, and the repositioning of the global perspective to human rights has evoked a renewal of democratic spirit. It has been followed by a renewed focus on the gamut of justice. This has posed three questions in the directions of whom, what, and why. Transhistorical deliberation on social justice has yet to infer a discernable consensus on the meaning and bases of social justice. It is posited that if people define social situations as unjust, then such perceived injustices are real in their consequences. This theory is the guiding beacon of the text, which is designed to launch a much-needed, long overdue interdisciplinary concern with injustices and how they might be mitigated.

Keywords:   dictatorship, social justice, bases, social situations, perceived injustice, interdisciplinary

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