Iris Marion Young and Structural Injustice
Maeve McKeown with Alasia Nuti
The concept of “structural injustice” has a long intellectual lineage, but Iris Marion Young popularised the term in her late work in the 2000s. Young’s theory provided a credible way of thinking about transnational and domestic injustices, illuminating the importance of political, economic and social structures in generating injustice, theorising the role of individuals in perpetuating structural injustice, and the responsibility of everyone to try to correct it. In this conversation with Alasia Nuti, political theorist Maeve McKeown will explore what structural injustice is, how we are to understand responsibility for structural injustice, and the process of seeking reparations for historical injustices.
Maeve McKeown is a political theorist based at the University of Groningen, Netherlands. Her current research focuses on responsibility for global structural injustice and she is writing her first book on this topic, With Power Comes Responsibility: The Politics of Structural Injustice (forthcoming with Bloomsbury). maevemckeown.com / twitter.com/maevemckeown
Alasia Nuti is a lecturer in the department of politics at the University of York. She works in contemporary political theory and gender studies, and has a strong interest in postcolonial theory and critical race theory. Her first book Injustice and the Reproduction of History was published in 2019 by Cambridge University Press.