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State-sponsored injustice : the case of eugenic sterilization


Page, Jennifer M (2019). State-sponsored injustice : the case of eugenic sterilization. Social Theory and Practice, 45(1):75-101.

Abstract

In analytic political philosophy, it is common to view state-sponsored injustice as the work of a corporate agent. But as I argue, structural injustice theory provides grounds for reassessing the agential approach, producing new insights into state-sponsored injustice. Using the case of eugenic sterilization in the United States, this article proposes a structurally-sensitive conception of state-sponsored injustice with six components: authorization, protection, systemization, execution, enablement, and norm- and belief-influence. Iris Marion Young’s models of responsibility for agential and structural injustice, and the place of state-sponsored injustice with respect to these models, are also discussed.

Abstract

In analytic political philosophy, it is common to view state-sponsored injustice as the work of a corporate agent. But as I argue, structural injustice theory provides grounds for reassessing the agential approach, producing new insights into state-sponsored injustice. Using the case of eugenic sterilization in the United States, this article proposes a structurally-sensitive conception of state-sponsored injustice with six components: authorization, protection, systemization, execution, enablement, and norm- and belief-influence. Iris Marion Young’s models of responsibility for agential and structural injustice, and the place of state-sponsored injustice with respect to these models, are also discussed.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:01 Faculty of Theology > Center for Ethics
06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Philosophy
Dewey Decimal Classification:170 Ethics
Uncontrolled Keywords:State-sponsored injustice; structural injustice; responsibility; corporate agency; eugenic sterilization
Language:English
Date:1 January 2019
Deposited On:12 Feb 2019 15:23
Last Modified:29 Jul 2020 10:12
Publisher:Florida State University, Department of Philosophy
ISSN:0037-802X
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.5840/soctheorpract20191752
Official URL:https://www.pdcnet.org/collection/authorizedshow?id=soctheorpract_2019_0045_0001_0075_0101&pdfname=soctheorpract_2019_0045_0001_0077_0103.pdf&file_type=pdf
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