Political Responsibility Refocused: Thinking Justice after Iris Marion Young

Edited by Genevieve Fuji Johnson and Loralea Michaelis

© 2013

In our highly globalized and networked society, even our most seemingly local actions can have far-reaching social, political, economic, and environmental consequences. Has this changed our moral and political obligations towards people distant from us in space and time – for instance, to generations who are not yet or no longer living, or towards those beyond the borders of our own nations?

Political Responsibility Refocused explores the theoretical foundations and practical implications of individual and collective responsibility towards those who are spatially or temporally separate from us. These essays offer critical assessments of our political responsibilities on topics such as residential schools, sweatshop labour, climate change, and forms of energy generation. Inspired by the final published writings of political and social theorist Iris Marion Young, specifically her outline of a “social connection model” of political responsibility, the contributors assess whether there are practices, policies, and institutions that could meaningfully address these expanded political responsibilities.

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Political Responsibility Refocused explores the theoretical foundations and practical implications of individual and collective responsibility towards those who are spatially or temporally separate from us.

Political Responsibility Refocused: Thinking Justice after Iris Marion Young

Edited by Genevieve Fuji Johnson and Loralea Michaelis

© 2013

In our highly globalized and networked society, even our most seemingly local actions can have far-reaching social, political, economic, and environmental consequences. Has this changed our moral and political obligations towards people distant from us in space and time – for instance, to generations who are not yet or no longer living, or towards those beyond the borders of our own nations?

Political Responsibility Refocused explores the theoretical foundations and practical implications of individual and collective responsibility towards those who are spatially or temporally separate from us. These essays offer critical assessments of our political responsibilities on topics such as residential schools, sweatshop labour, climate change, and forms of energy generation. Inspired by the final published writings of political and social theorist Iris Marion Young, specifically her outline of a “social connection model” of political responsibility, the contributors assess whether there are practices, policies, and institutions that could meaningfully address these expanded political responsibilities.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 184 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.5in x 9.1in
  • Reviews

    “Iris Marion Young is an important political theorist whose ideas deserve the kind of treatment this edition aims to provide. By focusing on her proposed ‘social connection’ model of responsibility, this volume attempts to develop one of her last major ideas, bringing it to wider attention and showing its relevance for ongoing debates and concerns in contemporary politics. The essays here are a testimony to the fecundity and potential importance of Young’s account of political responsibility.”


    Jeffrey Green, Janice and Julian Bers Assistant Professor in the Social Sciences, University of Pennsylvania
  • Author Information

    Genevieve Fuji Johnson is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Simon Fraser University.


    Loralea Michaelis is an associate professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Mount Allison University.
  • Table of contents

    Chapter I: Political Responsibility Refocused
    Loralea Michaelis (Mount Allison University, Politics and International Relations) and Genevieve Fuji Johnson (Simon Fraser University, Political Science)

    Chapter II: Global Justice and the Connection Theory of Responsibility
    Margaret Moore (Queen’s University, Political Studies)

    Chapter III: Power and Responsibility
    Jacob Schiff (University of Toronto, Political Science)

    Chapter IV: Autonomous Development and Global Empowerment
    Nancy Bertoldi (University of Toronto Munk School of Global Affairs, Political Science)

    Chapter V: Political Responsibility for Decolonization in Canada
    Melissa S. Williams (University of Toronto, Political Science)

    Chapter VI: Social Connections and our Responsibilities to Future Generations
    Genevieve Fuji Johnson (Simon Fraser University, Political Science)

    Chapter VII: Political Practices as Performances of Political Responsibility
    Tanja Pritzlaff (University of Bremen, Centre for Social Policy Research)

    Chapter VIII: Institutional Political Responsibility and Belonging in Political Community
    Adrian Neer (Dalhousie University, Political Science)

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