This very impressive collection, edited by Margaret Abraham, reinvigorates the criticality of the social in sociology via its exploration of the global, contextualised, terrain of social justice. Through the scholarship of its authors, all internationally leading sociologists, the book reconceptualises social justice as a centre of sociological action, as a disciplinary enterprise of deploying our knowledges and resources towards creating a more just world.
Within and across the beautifully written chapters, the book positions social injustice as systemic and structurally embedded, intrinsically linked to the pervasive influence of neoliberal globalization. The various manifestations of contemporary global social injustice, inclusive of human rights breaches, labour exploitation, ongoing gender violence, the breakdown of democracies, the consequences of the bankrupting of nation states, the increasing concentrations of wealth and, of inequality, across its many guises, are reframed. The injustices identified and theorised, while all exhibiting specific, cultural geographical, historical, economic and political contexts, are shown as not just a series of separate subordinations but connected, part of an overarching social phenomenon.
The book reminds us that it is not enough for sociology to offer research insights into social injustice, or even be committed to social justice. Rather our discipline by its nature and its history is tasked with publicly taking the lead in challenging social injustices while simultaneously championing the enactment of social justice. That obligation, at the global, national and local levels, is required as much now as it ever was.