Parity of participation and the politics of status

Thompson, S. and Armstrong, C. (2009) Parity of participation and the politics of status. European Journal of Political Theory, 8 (1). pp. 109-122. ISSN 1474-8851 Available from:

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Over the past decade, Nancy Fraser has developed a sophisticated theory of social justice. At its heart lies the principle of parity of participation, according to which all adult members of society must be in a position to interact with one another as peers. This article examines some obstacles to the implementation of that principle. Concentrating on the contemporary status order, it asks two specific questions. Is it possible to produce a precise account of how the status order might need to be ordered for parity of participation to be realized? And is it possible to derive a detailed and coherent political strategy capable of achieving such parity within the status order? The argument of is that, while Fraser has recognized the difficulties that the complexity of the contemporary status order poses for achieving parity of participation, she has nevertheless underestimated those difficulties. If parity of participation requires status equality, important and difficult work remains to be done in delineating the nature, and demands, of equality in the contemporary status order.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:critical theory, Nancy Fraser, parity of participation, recognition, status order
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences > Department of Health and Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education > Department of Arts and Cultural Industries
ID Code:15952
Deposited By: Dr S. Thompson
Deposited On:03 Nov 2011 16:44
Last Modified:14 Feb 2017 05:49

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