Generalized other

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Seyla Benhabib argues that contemporary theories of justice are dependent on a generalized perspective that does not adequately encompass the concrete interests and needs of individuals. The phrase “generalized other” has been considered in the sense that George Mead used it, to refer to the views and beliefs of groups or communities that individuals are connected within. For Benhabib, the generalized perspective has been abstracted from some groups and applied to all, and does not recognize the particular differences within or between groups. In particular, it does not recognize the perspective of women, race, and class, except in a negative sense, as it is based primarily on that of white, middle‐class men.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Blackwell encyclopedia of sociology
EditorsGeorge Ritzer, Chris Rojek
Place of PublicationMalden, Mass.
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781405165518
ISBN (Print)9781405124331
Publication statusPublished - 22 Apr 2020

Publication series

NameThe Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology


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