The Role of Religion in Struggles for Global Justice: Faith in justice?

1st Edition

Peter J. Smith, Katharina Glaab, Claudia Baumgart-Ochse, Elizabeth Smythe

Routledge
Published March 27, 2018
Reference - 136 Pages
ISBN 9780815352617 - CAT# K346013
Series: Rethinking Globalizations

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Summary

Struggles for global justice are being fought by civil society groups across the globe, addressing global inequalities, challenging neoliberal market driven globalization and demanding to remedy its negative implications. This book examines the roles religious communities and organizations in particular play in the struggles for global justice, roles too often ignored by scholars of the Global Justice Movement (GJM). It has two central themes:

- the role religion and religious actors play in global justice struggles, and

- the idea that justice is a contested concept among both religious and secular actors which requires some sort of ‘faith’ from its proponents.

These chapters transcend simplistic either/or binaries highlighting the difficulties of clearly distinguishing between religious and secular, progressive and conservative, or rational and irrational motives and norms in struggles for justice. Challenging the secularization paradigm that marginalizes the role religious actors play in public life these chapters show how these actors engage with a broad range of justice issues, how deeply contested justice is, and how its meaning may vary and change among religious actors as a result of the social or political context within which an injustice is encountered.

The chapters originally published as a special issue in Globalizations.

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