Justice as Equality

Michael Manley’s Caribbean Vision of Justice

by Anna Kasafi Perkins (Author)
©2011 Monographs X, 154 Pages
Series: American University Studies , Volume 309

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Justice as Equality makes a unique contribution to the philosophical and intellectual tradition of the English-speaking Caribbean by exploring the theory of justice underpinning the life, work, and writings of former Prime Minister of Jamaica and renowned Third World Statesman the late Michael Manley (1924-1997). Manley’s singular Caribbean vision of justice was forged in a post-colonial context that he described as being too radically disfigured by inequalities to be improved by «mere tinkering». This book posits that equality has become unfashionable in social analysis and contemporary politics, in part due to the increased significance of values such as identity, diversity, and difference, in tandem with a misunderstanding of the concept of equality. It argues for a reclaiming of a multi-faceted and complex way of understanding equality in light of Manley’s thought. Through an engagement with the norms of justice developed within the Catholic social teaching tradition, this book examines, clarifies, and deepens Manley’s Caribbean account of «justice as equality». Manley’s theory is a deeply relational theory one of justice and equality that roots fundamental human equality in the relationship to divine transcendence. It calls for the dismantling of all relationships of oppression and domination that result when the fundamental equality of all human beings is disregarded. It takes account of the multiple dimensions of the human person, and calls a society ‘just’ when it allows for the flourishing of every member, specifically through full participation in the life of the society.


X, 154
ISBN (Hardcover)
Publication date
2010 (October)
catholic social teaching Manley, Michael Jamaika Soziale Gerechtigkeit justice, equality, catholic social teaching, Mich justice equality Michael Manley social ethics socialism Caribbean politics Sen democratic socialism political ethics Jamaica inequality
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2010. X, 154 pp.

Biographical notes

Anna Kasafi Perkins (Author)

Anna Kasafi Perkins received her Master of Philosophy in Theology from the University of Cambridge and her PhD in Theological Ethics from Boston College. She is the former Dean of Studies at St. Michael’s Theological College in Kingston, Jamaica. Currently, she is the Senior Programme Officer of Quality Assurance at the University of the West Indies in Mona, Jamaica, and Research Fellow for the University of the West Indies Ethics Centre Initiative. Her published works include Resisting Definitive Interpretation: Reading the Exodus with Caribbean(ite) Eyes, Cast in Shadow and Illumined by the Light: A Critique of Caribbean Political Reality in Light of the Image of the Lamb in the Book of Revelation, and Some Theological Reflections on Exodus Politics and Leadership in the Pre-Independence English-Speaking Caribbean.


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