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On structural injustice, reconciliation and alienation

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JournalCritical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy
DateAccepted/In press - 20 Mar 2019
DateE-pub ahead of print - 25 May 2019
DatePublished (current) - 2020
Issue number4
Number of pages8
Pages (from-to)530-537
Early online date25/05/19
Original languageEnglish


In Justice and Reconciliation in World Politics, Lu argues that justice and reconciliation are analytically distinct but both needed after political catastrophes like colonialism. I argue that Lu’s compelling reconceptualization of reconciliation precisely shows the contrary by making the project of reconciliation indistinguishable from the task of realising structural justice and that we should reject the language of reconciliation in some contexts. Moreover, I contend that, in an important sense, alienation (i.e., the wrong that, according to Lu, reconciliation aims to tackle) must be generated to move towards a structurally just world. Indeed, the project of creating a structurally unjust order does require the alienation of agents from the existing background conditions of their actions.

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  • Structural injustice, alienation, decolonisation, reconciliation, settler colonialism

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