Iris Marion Young

Iris Marion Young was an American political theorist who gained a global reputation for her pioneering work on justice, social difference and feminism. Her career saw her hold prestigious posts at the University of Pittsburgh and latterly as a Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago. The book that brought her to a worldwide audience was Justice and the Politics of Difference, which challenged the reduction of social justice to a question of distributive justice and argued that there were ‘five faces’ of oppression that could only be tackled by recognizing the role of social groups and the need to acknowledge and take account of the dynamics of social difference. Latterly, she also did important work on responsibility for large-scale structural injustices and issues such as global justice and war, themes addressed in her Polity book Global Challenges: War, Self-Determination and Responsibility for Justice.