Adding Insult to Injury

Nancy Fraser Debates Her Critics

Edited by Kevin Olson
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On sale Nov 17, 2008 | 368 Pages | 9781859842232
The collapse of communism, the rise of identity politics, and struggles over global governance have combined to create new challenges for the Left: How to do justice to legitimate claims for multiculturalism and democratization without abandoning the Left’s historic—and still indispensable—commitment to economic equality? How to broaden the understanding of injustice by adding cultural and political insult to economic injury?

Adding Insult to Injury tracks the debate sparked by Nancy Fraser’s controversial effort to combine redistribution, recognition, and representation in a new understanding of social justice. The volume showcases Fraser’s critical exchanges with leading thinkers, including Judith Butler, Richard Rorty, Iris Marion Young, Anne Phillips, and Rainer Frost. The result is a wide-ranging and at times contentious exploration of varied approaches to rebuilding the Left.
Nancy Fraser is Loeb Professor of Philosophy and Politics at the New School for Social Research, Einstein Fellow of the city of Berlin, and holder of the “Global Justice” Chair at the Collège d’études mondiales in Paris. Her books include Redistribution or Recognition; Adding Insult to Injury; Scales of Justice; Justice Interruptus; and Unruly Practices.

Kevin Olson is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Irvine. He is the author of Reflexive Democracy: Political Equality and the Welfare State.

Judith Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor in the Departments of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Frames of War, Precarious Life, The Psychic Life of Power, Excitable Speech, Bodies that Matter, Gender Trouble, and with Slavoj Žižek and Ernesto Laclau, Contingency, Hegemony, Universality.

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The collapse of communism, the rise of identity politics, and struggles over global governance have combined to create new challenges for the Left: How to do justice to legitimate claims for multiculturalism and democratization without abandoning the Left’s historic—and still indispensable—commitment to economic equality? How to broaden the understanding of injustice by adding cultural and political insult to economic injury?

Adding Insult to Injury tracks the debate sparked by Nancy Fraser’s controversial effort to combine redistribution, recognition, and representation in a new understanding of social justice. The volume showcases Fraser’s critical exchanges with leading thinkers, including Judith Butler, Richard Rorty, Iris Marion Young, Anne Phillips, and Rainer Frost. The result is a wide-ranging and at times contentious exploration of varied approaches to rebuilding the Left.

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Nancy Fraser is Loeb Professor of Philosophy and Politics at the New School for Social Research, Einstein Fellow of the city of Berlin, and holder of the “Global Justice” Chair at the Collège d’études mondiales in Paris. Her books include Redistribution or Recognition; Adding Insult to Injury; Scales of Justice; Justice Interruptus; and Unruly Practices.

Kevin Olson is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Irvine. He is the author of Reflexive Democracy: Political Equality and the Welfare State.

Judith Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor in the Departments of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Frames of War, Precarious Life, The Psychic Life of Power, Excitable Speech, Bodies that Matter, Gender Trouble, and with Slavoj Žižek and Ernesto Laclau, Contingency, Hegemony, Universality.

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