New Book: Distributive Justice and Fair Exchange

Distributive Justice and Fair Exchange: How to find and use social standards
ISBN 978-089-370251-1

Section member Emanuel Smikun, PhD, is the founder of American Social Indicators ( that supports a database of indicators of distributive social justice for status groups and their class interests. His new book has just been released, blurb below:

Movements for social justice are sweeping the world. But what do we mean by social justice now that the welfare state has outlived its time? A re-reading of sociological classics suggests that distributive justice and fair exchange should be evaluated by standards of consistency between social status and class structures. Guided by these standards, the author develops an integrated method for measuring deviations from social justice in unequal status groups of American family, cultural, economic, and political institutions. Estimates of developmental social sustainability are obtained from an analysis of unfair exchanges of status groups’ shared class interests, such as occupational, management, and others. Solutions are suggested for achieving higher levels of social justice with special attention to productive participation in non-profit organizations as a countervailing power to big corporations and a constructive direction for protest movements. This book is a must read for anyone interested in understanding how the foundations of our social world are shaped and reshaped.

The book is a companion book to the website on social indicators that can serve as its theory and methodology resource even as it stands on its own.


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