Rethinking equality

The challenge of equal citizenship

By Chris Armstrong

Rethinking equality


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-6925-3
  • Pages: 232
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £15.99
  • Published Date: June 2006
  • BIC Category: Society & social sciences / Political science & theory, Social discrimination & inequality, POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Discrimination & Race Relations, Political science & theory, Politics
  • Series: Reappraising the Political


Although formally equal, relations between citizens are actually characterised by many and varied forms of inequality. Do contemporary theories of equality provide an adequate response to the inequalities that afflict contemporary societies? And what is the connection between theories of equality and the contemporary politics of citizenship? Accessible and comprehensive, Rethinking equality provides a clear, critical and very up-to-date account of the most important contemporary egalitarian theories. Unusually, it also relates these theories to contemporary political practice, assessing them in relation to the impact of neoliberalism on contemporary welfare states, and the shift from 'social' to 'active' forms of citizenship. As well as representing a significant intervention within academic debates on equality and citizenship, this book represents essential reading for students of contemporary political theory.


Part one - A critique of liberal equality
1. The troubled life of social citizenship: Rawls on equality
2. Equality, risk and responsibility: Dworkin on the insurance market
3. Equality versus social inclusion?
Part two - Alternatives: equality and citizenship
4. Equality and responsibility: towards a more critical union?
5. Opportunities, outcomes and democratic citizenship: Young and Phillips on equality
6. Equalities: recognition, redistribution and citizenship
7. Equality and citizenship in global context


Chris Armstrong is Lecturer in Politics at the University of Southampton

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