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A General Theory of Domination and Justice$
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Frank Lovett

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199579419

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579419.001.0001

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Arbitrariness and Social Conventions

Arbitrariness and Social Conventions

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(p.85) 4 Arbitrariness and Social Conventions
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A General Theory of Domination and Justice
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579419.003.0004

This chapter considers and rejects hegemony and other form‐based conceptions of domination. It defends instead an arbitrary power conception, according to which one person or group experienced domination to the extent that it is dependent on a social relationship in which some other person or group wields arbitrary power over them. The idea of arbitrariness is analyzed with the aid of a discussion of social conventions. Democratic and other substantive interpretations of arbitrariness are rejected in favor of a procedural interpretation.

Keywords:   arbitrariness, arbitrary power, social conventions, hegemony

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