Just Words: Constitutional Rights and Social Wrongs

Overview

The Canadian Charter of Rights is composed of words that describe the foundations of a just society: equality, freedom, and democracy. These words of justice have inspired struggles for civil rights, self-determination, trade unionism, the right to vote, and social welfare. Why is it, then, that fifteen years after the entrenchment of the Charter, social injustice remains pervasive in Canada?

Joel Bakan explains why the Charter has failed to promote social justice, and why it ...

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Overview

The Canadian Charter of Rights is composed of words that describe the foundations of a just society: equality, freedom, and democracy. These words of justice have inspired struggles for civil rights, self-determination, trade unionism, the right to vote, and social welfare. Why is it, then, that fifteen years after the entrenchment of the Charter, social injustice remains pervasive in Canada?

Joel Bakan explains why the Charter has failed to promote social justice, and why it may even impede it. He argues that the Charter's fine-sounding words of justice are 'just words.' Freedom, equality and democracy are fundamental principles of social justice. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms entrenches them in Canada's highest law, the constitution. Yet the Charter has failed to promote social justice in Canada. In Just Words, Joel Bakan explains why.

Sophisticated in its analyses but clearly written and accessible, Just Words is cutting-edge commentary by one of Canada's rising intellectuals.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802074805
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press
  • Publication date: 6/21/1997
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 242
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Joel Bakan is a professor of law at the University of British Columbia.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 Introduction 3
2 Constitutional Interpretation and the Legitimacy of Judicial Review 15
3 Equality and the Liberal Form of Rights 45
4 Freedom of Expression and the Politics of Communication 63
5 Freedom of Association and the Dissociation of Workers 77
6 Power to the Powerful 87
7 Judges and Dominant Ideology 103
8 Rights as Political Discourse: The Charter Meets the Charlottetown Accord 117
9 What's Wrong with Social Rights? 134
10 Conclusion 143
Notes 153
References 193
Cases Cited 219
Index 225
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