Marlon Young 's Critique Of The Distributive Paradigm Essay

793 Words Oct 26th, 2015 4 Pages
Due to Justice and the Politics of Difference, I do think Marlon Young’s critique of the distributive paradigm does apply to the argument of Hirschl, Shachar and Coates. Young’s explanation of the injustices in the distributive paradigm are correct because “philosophical theories of justice tend to restrict the meaning of social justice to the morally proper distribution of benefits and burdens among society 's members” (page 15). The distributive paradigm only confronts the individual materialistic aspect of social justice (i.e. property, resources, and wealth) while ignoring its unfair institutional structures. Some of these institutional structures include, but are not limited to, decision-making authority, the hierarchy of labor, and culture. This idea works in conjunction with Ayelet Shachar/Ran’s Hirschl theory of birthright citizenship and inherited property and Te-Neishi Coates’ case for reparation because they are both institutional structures that support unfairness.
In the excerpt from Citizenship as an Inherited Property, Ayelet Shachar and Ran Hirschl create an analogy between birthright citizenship and inherited property is a useful theory to expose global injustices. In the reading, Shachar and Hirschl make a comparison between birthright citizenship and inherited property. The authors define inherited property as “individual possession” and discuss citizenship as the right of “exclusion and acceptance.” (page258) Consequently, meaning that one’s inherited…

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