State-Sponsored Injustice

Social Theory and Practice 45 (1):75-101 (2019)
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Jennifer Page
University of Zürich
Abstract
In analytic political philosophy, it is common to view state-sponsored injustice as the work of a corporate agent. But as I argue, structural injustice theory provides grounds for reassessing the agential approach, producing new insights into state-sponsored injustice. Using the case of eugenic sterilization in the United States, this article proposes a structurally-sensitive conception of state-sponsored injustice with six components: authorization, protection, systemization, execution, enablement, and norm- and belief-influence. Iris Marion Young’s models of responsibility for agential and structural injustice, and the place of state-sponsored injustice with respect to these models, are also discussed.
Keywords State-sponsored injustice  Structural injustice  Responsibility  Corporate agency  Eugenic sterilization
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ISBN(s) 0037-802X
DOI 10.5840/soctheorpract20191752
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