Social Justice And Lesbian Feminism: Two Theories Applied To Homophobia

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Denise Levy Ph.D., Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Dept. of Social Work (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: Trends in contemporary social work include the use of an eclectic theory base. In an effort to incorporate multiple theories, this article will examine the social problem of homophobia using two different theoretical perspectives: John Rawls’ theory of social justice and lesbian feminist theory. Homophobia, a current social problem, can be defined as “dislike or hatred toward homosexuals, including both cultural and personal biases against homosexuals” (Sullivan, 2003, p. 2). Rawls’ theory of justice and lesbian feminist theory are especially relevant to the issue of homophobia and provide a useful lens to understanding this social problem. In this article, these two theories will be summarized, applied to the issue of homophobia, and compared and contrasted based on their utility.

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Levy, D. (2007). Social Justice and Lesbian Feminism: Two Theories Applied to Homophobia, Advances in Social Work. Volume 8, No. 2 (2007). DOI: Publisher version of record available at:
Language: English
Date: 2007
Homophobia, theory, lesbian feminism, social justice

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