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The dialogic negotiation of justice


Shelley, B and Ooi, C-S and Denny, L, The dialogic negotiation of justice, Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 29, (2-3) pp. 488-502. ISSN 0966-9582 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/09669582.2020.1727487


The purpose of the paper is to reveal the complexities of negotiating justice. We present the case of workers’ experiences during a long-running industrial dispute at Australia’s first legal casino. First, we consider the concept of justice, drawing on discussions from tourism studies. This notion is considered in relation to an industrial dispute at the casino. Second, we use Bakhtin’s dialogic imagination to explore the issues, primarily through the voices of the workers. The concepts of heteroglossia, polyphony and carnivalesque facilitate layering the voices and concerns of the workers. Formal and informal strategies to exert influence are present. Within the carnivalesque, there is order and disorder. Different parties present a cacophony of voices, asserting the just-ness of their position. We discuss how, as boundaries of social action are negotiated, the parties are effectively negotiating justice. Third, we suggest how, from our Bakhtinian perspective, justice is a social activity, doing justice is a social process, and achieving justice is hard. Finally, we share some broader suggestions and reflections on the complexities and contradictions.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:justice, equity, Bakhtin, casinos, fairness, protests, unions
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Political science
Research Field:Political theory and political philosophy
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Justice and the law not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Shelley, B (Dr Becky Shelley)
UTAS Author:Ooi, C-S (Professor Can Seng Ooi)
UTAS Author:Denny, L (Ms Lisa Denny)
ID Code:137544
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Peter Underwood Centre for Educational Attainment
Deposited On:2020-02-19
Last Modified:2022-07-06

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