Sociologists believe that there is a transformation currently taking place in the West from a culture of dignity to a culture of victimhood. Rather than relying on reasoned debate to resolve important differences, there is a growing tendency to complain about, publicize, and punish minor, sometimes subjective, offences (called “microaggressions”). This article argues that class actions have become a prevalent form of litigation in Canada precisely because they have characteristics of both dignity and victim culture. This duality helps to explain why it is likely that class actions will play an ever-expanding role as an instrument of compensatory and “social” justice.
Class Actions as a Bridge Between Cultures of Dignity and Victimhood