Scales of Justice: Reimagining Political Space in a by Nancy Fraser

By Nancy Fraser

Till lately, struggles for justice proceeded opposed to the heritage of a taken-for-granted body: the bounded territorial nation. With that "Westphalian" photograph of political area assumed by way of default, the scope of justice was once infrequently topic to open dispute. this day, despite the fact that, human-rights activists and overseas feminists sign up for critics of structural adjustment and the realm exchange association in hard the view that justice can purely be a household relation between fellow electorate. focusing on injustices that reduce throughout borders, they're making the dimensions of justice an item of particular struggle.

Inspired via those efforts, Nancy Fraser asks: what's the right body for theorizing justice? confronted with a plurality of competing scales, how can we be aware of which one is really simply? In exploring those questions, Fraser revises her extensively mentioned thought of redistribution and popularity. She introduces a 3rd, "political" size of justice—representation—and elaborates a brand new, reflexive kind of severe concept that foregrounds injustices of "misframing." attractive with thinkers similar to Jürgen Habermas, John Rawls, Michel Foucault, and Hannah Arendt, she envisions a "postwestphalian" mapping of political house that comprises transnational unity, transborder exposure, and democratic frame-setting, in addition to emancipatory initiatives that go borders. the result's a sustained mirrored image on who should still count number with appreciate to what in a globalizing world.

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Until eventually lately, struggles for justice proceeded opposed to the heritage of a taken-for-granted body: the bounded territorial kingdom. With that "Westphalian" photograph of political area assumed via default, the scope of justice used to be infrequently topic to open dispute. this day, even though, human-rights activists and overseas feminists subscribe to critics of structural adjustment and the realm exchange association in tough the view that justice can merely be a family relation between fellow voters.

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But it doesn’t follow that we can operationalize that principle by appealing to uncontroversial social-scientific fact. The problem is that, given the socalled “butterfly effect,” one can adduce empirical evidence that just about everyone is affected by just about everything. What is needed, therefore, is a way of distinguishing those levels and kinds of effectivity that are deemed sufficient to confer moral standing from those that are not. Normal social science, however, cannot supply such criteria.

But it doesn’t entail that every question of justice becomes political in exactly the same way. A more likely outcome is that the sharp Westphalian contrast between the moral and the political will give way to a continuum encompassing “thicker,” territorially framed political questions, at one end, and “thinner,” non-territorially framed political questions, at the other. In that case, the result will not be to moralize politics, but rather to nuance it, disclosing a range of different forms of the political.

Here, in contrast, I wish only to draw attention to the unreflective way in which a particular view about the relation between normative theory and social science enters current debates. Insofar as philosophers simply assume this view, they fail to subject the procedural question to critical reflection. They fail to ask, in a methodologically self-reflective way: How should one determine the pertinent frame for reflecting on social justice in a globalizing world? What criterion or decision procedure should one invoke?

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