In Daniel Newman & Faith Gordon (eds.), Leading Works in Law and Social Justice. London: (2021)

Zara Bain
University of Bristol
Chapter 3 looks at the work of Charles Mills, taking in a range of his scholarship including his most famous work – The Racial Contract – and his latest work, Black Rights, White Wrongs. Zara Bain applies Mills to consider how social justice applies in the UK. She looks at the interactions and co-constitutions of racism, classism, and ableism, and the role they play in the production of poverty. The chapter argues that Mills offers us a non-ideal contractarian analysis that may really offer ‘x-ray vision’ into parts of society many would readily, if not always credibly, deny precisely because it pushes us to look at the world as it really is, to learn our history and to be always on the lookout for the many ways that ignorance about matters of significant import to questions of social justice can be actively, resiliently produced.
Keywords Domination Contract  Epistemology of Ignorance  Racial Contract  Racism  Classism  Ableism  Eugenics  Britain
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