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A General Theory of Domination and Justice
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A General Theory of Domination and Justice

Frank Lovett


In all societies, past and present, many persons and groups have been subject to domination. Properly understood, domination is a great evil, the suffering of which ought to be minimized as far as possible. Surprisingly, however, political and social theorists have failed to provide a detailed analysis of the concept of domination in general. This study aims to redress this lacuna. It argues first that domination should be understood as a condition experienced by persons or groups to the extent that they are dependent on a social relationship in which some other person or group wields arbitrar ... More

Keywords: domination, dependency, power, arbitrary power, social conventions, freedom (liberty), civic republicanism, justice, social justice

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Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199579419
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579419.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frank Lovett, author
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Washington University in St. Louis
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