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Pluralism, Justice, and Equality$
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David Miller and Michael Walzer

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198280088

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198280084.001.0001

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The Sociology of Complex Equality

The Sociology of Complex Equality

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(p.253) 11 The Sociology of Complex Equality
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Pluralism, Justice, and Equality
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Adam Swift

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198280084.003.0012

Adam Swift examines the ways in which sociology can inform the study of distributive justice and equality, focusing specifically on the question of whether sociological literature supports Michael Walzer's normative ideal of complex equality. He argues that there are relevant sociological lessons about the role of the state and the importance of citizenship that restrict the scope of Walzer's general claim about the injustice of the conversion of goods between distinct distributive spheres.

Keywords:   citizenship, complex equality, conversion, distributive justice, distributive spheres, equality, goods, justice, sociology, state

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