SOCIAL JUSTICE AND AMERICAN CULTURE
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Liberty and justice have never been for all in the United States. In fact, from its inception,
a number of troubling contradictions have structured American culture--a democracy in which many could not vote, 'a more perfect union' in which freedom for some meant enslavement for others. Even today, everyday encounters and institutional practices too often translate justice as "just us." Importantly, inequality, stratification, and marginalization have pivoted around difference(s), most prominently, race, gender, class, body, and ability. This course accepts these basic "facts" (injustice is paradoxically central to the American experience and injustice is almost invariably linked with difference), not simply to lament or critique systems of inequity, but rather to better understand efforts to question, counter, and eradicate it. And while an array of approaches grant insight into the cultural dimension of (in)justice, here, we emphasize 1) multiple axes of oppression, (2) competing forms of resistance, (3) signs and structures, (4) past and present, and (5) self and society.
Richard King, Washington State University
Peace, War, World Conflict, and Conflict Resolution
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