Adding Insult to Injury: Nancy Fraser Debates Her Critics

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Axel Honneth
“Even those of us who disagree with Nancy Fraser on substantive questions recognize her ability to illuminate the conflicting demands, hopes and sufferings of our time. With the capacity to learn by dialogue, an analytically sharp mind and a stunning synthetic ability, she is among the very few thinkers in the tradition of critical theory who are capable of redeeming its legacy in the twenty-first century.”
Etienne Balibar
“For more than a decade, Nancy Fraser's thought has helped to reframe the agenda of critical theory. Today, when hopes flicker and shine against the background of pervasive repression, Adding Insult to Injury provides a singular stimulation.”
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“Even those of us who disagree with Nancy Fraser on substantive questions recognize her ability to illuminate the conflicting demands, hopes and sufferings of our time. With the capacity to learn by dialogue, an analytically sharp mind and a stunning synthetic ability, she is among the very few thinkers in the tradition of critical theory who are capable of redeeming its legacy in the twenty-first century.”—Axel Honneth

“For more than a decade, Nancy Fraser’s thought has helped to reframe the agenda of critical theory. Today, when hopes flicker and shine against the background of pervasive repression, Adding Insult to Injury provides a singular stimulation.”—Etienne Balibar

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859842232
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 11/17/2008
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Adding Insult to Injury: An Introduction Kevin Olson 1

I Redistribution or Recognition? A False Antithesis

From Redistribution to Recognition? Dilemmas of Justice in a "Postsocialist" Age Nancy Fraser 9

Merely Cultural Judith Butler 42

Heterosexism, Misrecognition, and Capitalism: A Response to Judith Butler Nancy Fraser 57

Is "Cultural Recognition" a Useful Notion for Leftist Politics? Richard Rorty 69

Why Overcoming Prejudice Is Not Enough: A Rejoinder to Richard Rorty Nancy Fraser 82

Unruly Categories: A Critique of Nancy Fraser's Dual Systems Theory Iris Marion Young 89

Against Pollyanna-ism: A Reply to Iris Young Nancy Fraser 107

From Inequality to Difference: A Severe Case of Displacement? Anne Phillips 112

II Reconciling Redistribution and Recognition: Justice in Two Dimensions

Rethinking Recognition: Overcoming Displacement and Reification in Cultural Politics Nancy Fraser 129

Arguing over Participatory Parity: On Nancy Fraser's Conception of Social Justice Christopher F. Zurn 142

Affirmative Action and Fraser's Redistribution-Recognition Dilemma Elizabeth Anderson 164

Is Nancy Fraser's Critique of Theories of Distributive Justice Justified? Ingrid Robeyns 176

Resource Egalitarianism and the Politics of Recognition Joseph Heath 196

III Bringing the Political Back In: A Third Dimension of Justice?

Status Injustice: The Role of the State Leonard Feldman 221

Participatory Parity and Democratic Justice Kevin Olson 246

Reframing Justice in a Globalizing World Nancy Fraser 273

IV Philosophical Foundations: Recognition, Justice, Critique

Struggling over the Meaning of Recognition Nikolas Kompridis295

First Things First: Redistribution, Recognition and Justification Rainer Forst 310

Prioritizing Justice as Participartory Parity: A Reply to Kompridis and Forst Nancy Fraser 327

Acknowledgments 347

Contributors 350

Index 353

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