Young’s argument for a group-differentiated, culturally pluralist form of social life is grounded in her compelling critiques of universalism and the dominant distributive paradigm of justice. Rejecting ‘the logic of identity’ that suppresses difference, and models of justice in which power is not seen as relational, she offers an alternative vision of social life that includes and empowers groups 011 their own terms. ‘City life’, which allows persons and groups to interact in common spaces without dissolving into unity, serves as her normative ideal. Although her analysis suffers from a one-dimensional conception of reason and her privileging of the urban scale is problematic, Young has produced a provocative book that leads the reader to consider the spatial characteristics of a just society.
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