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Difference without Domination: Pursuing Justice in Diverse Democracies

Danielle Allen and Rohini Somanathan


This book seeks to understand the relations among social diversity, justice, and democracy and to clarify how social diversity should inform our thinking about both justice and democracy. Among kinds of social diversity discussed in this volume, race has special prominence. Contemporary political philosophy has populated the landscape of scholarship with a handful of alternative conceptions of justice. This volume launches from an embrace of an ideal of justice that rests on the principle of nondomination. The ideal of nondomination is also closely linked to a concept of dignity. These ideals— ... More

Keywords: diversity, justice, democracy, race, nondomination, dignity, statistical mirroring, identity, social groups, implicit bias

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780226681191
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226681368.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Danielle Allen, editor
Harvard University

Rohini Somanathan, editor
Delhi School of Economics

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Front Matter


Danielle Allen and Rohini Somanathan

Part 1 Difference without Domination

1 A New Theory of Justice

Danielle Allen

Part 2 Relations before Transactions: New Approaches to Inequality, Justice, & Dignity

Part 3 The Limits of Mirroring: New Approaches to Representation, Measurement, & Membership

7 Overrepresentation

Ellen D. Wu

8 Second-Order Diversity

Heather K. Gerken


Danielle Allen and Rohini Somanathan

End Matter