Through a wide range of international and interdisciplinary case studies, this book develops the notion of legacy, and in particular, ‘living legacy’– that is, it explores power relations in the context of time as a means to considering and challenging social injustice.

Legacies of social injustice are very frequently erased, denied or declared redundant. Framed by the concept of ‘legacy’, this book does not conceive legacy as simply referring to relics of the past, or to cultural heritage practices and artifacts. Instead, the book focuses upon ‘living legacies’, understood as ongoing, actively engaged in the re-constitution of power relations, and influential in the development of alternative political imaginaries. Through a variety of studies from many different contexts—including Indigenous trauma in Australia, displacement in Beirut, women travellers in Scotland, and heteronormativity in Hollywood—the book draws not only upon historiographic, sociological, legal, political, cultural and other disciplinary approaches, but also specifically makes use of feminist and postcolonial perspectives. Foregrounding the legacies of inequality and marginalisation, it contributes to a re-thinking of power and social change in ways that together suggest potential means for unsettling and reimagining such legacies.

This book will appeal to an interdisciplinary range of readers with interests and concerns in the broad area of social justice, but especially to those working in sociolegal studies, sociology, gender studies, indigenous studies and politics.

chapter 1|17 pages

Ongoing Legacies of Social Injustice

A Critical Interrogation

part |72 pages

Part I

chapter 2|17 pages

A Family Act

Power, Gendered Violence and the Living Legacy of Social Injustice in Papua New Guinea

chapter 3|18 pages

A Pontian Commemoration

A Living Legacy to Remember Loss

chapter 4|17 pages

‘Horrors’ of Honour

chapter 5|18 pages

The Legacy of Stigma

American Single Mothers

part |80 pages

Part II

chapter 6|23 pages

Talking of Silence

Young Scottish Gypsy/Traveller Women in Scotland

chapter 8|20 pages

The Enduring Legacies of Migration

Older Greek-born Migrants' Experience of Ageing in Australia

section |71 pages

Part III

chapter 10|18 pages

The Legacy of Injustice and Resistance

Japan's Military Sexual Slavery

chapter 12|21 pages

Challenging Criminalisation in the Commonwealth

Theorising Legacies and Colonialities in LGBTIQ Movement Strategies