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Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy
19 November 2020

Can liberal democracy right the wrongs of racial and gender injustices?

In the fourth episode of the podcast series Democracy in Question?, Nancy Fraser discusses social justice from a feminist perspective

Can liberal democracies right the wrongs of racial and gender injustice? In connection with the Diversity Month at the Graduate Institute, the fourth episode of the podcast series Democracy in Question? addresses issues of racial and gender justice.

From women’s marches, climate change protests, and the Black Lives Matter movement, the world has witnessed a global ‘show of force’ against various forms of injustice. Podcast host Shalini Randeria and her guest Nancy Fraser, Henry and Louise A. Loeb Professor of Philosophy and Politics at The New School for Social Research, explore whether liberal democracy can provide the distributive justice citizens so strongly desire. As they discuss the significance of mass mobilisation around race and gender, Professor Fraser invites a broader consideration of the question, exploring structural injustice and exposing how policies of recognition and redistribution can become conduits that either reproduce or undermine their impact. In advocating a multidimensional approach, she explains her famed concept, ‘cannibal capitalism’, whose undoing she says is central to addressing and mitigating racial and gender injustices.

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Shalini Randeria is Professor of Sociology and Anthropology and Director of the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy at the Graduate Institute in Geneva. She is also the Rector of the Institute of Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna, and Excellence Chair, University of Bremen (Research Group: Soft Authoritarianism).

Nancy Fraser is the Henry and Louise A. Loeb Professor of Philosophy and Politics at the New School for Social Research. Her work, which aims to enrich the liberal democratic tradition with contributions from feminism, critical theory and post-structuralism, is also concerned with other issues of political and social theory, including globalisation, cosmopolitanism, identity politics, neoliberalism and the welfare state.
 

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This podcast series is co-produced by the Graduate Institute’s Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy and the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) Vienna, in cooperation with the Excellence Chair, University of Bremen (Research Group: Soft Authoritarianism) and in collaboration with Richard Miron and Anouk Millet (Earshot strategies).

 

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