The Foundations of Distributive Justice: A Morphogenetic Analysis of Gomberg and Fraser

MORRISON, Andrew (2020). The Foundations of Distributive Justice: A Morphogenetic Analysis of Gomberg and Fraser. Sociology, 55 (2), 227-242.

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This article applies Margaret Archer’s morphogenetic analytical dualism framework to critically compare the sociological foundations underpinning the work of two key American political philosophers: Paul Gomberg and Nancy Fraser. Firstly, I focus upon Gomberg’s ideas for reforms to the division of labour and their impact upon race relations in the USA. I argue that, while Gomberg offers a radical egalitarian vision, it is flawed by its weak understanding of the relationships between structure and agency and between culture and economy. Following this, I consider Fraser’s theory of two-dimensional participatory justice premised upon distributive and recognition justice. I argue that, due to a more sociologically nuanced approach, her theory avoids the conflationism and epiphenomenalism that Gomberg lapses into. I conclude by noting that these conceptual issues have pertinence beyond these two authors and have implications for theories of distributive justice more generally.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: 1608 Sociology; Sociology
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Page Range: 227-242
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2020 14:50
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2021 11:45

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