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Social Justice

  • By: Christopher D. Merrett
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

Social justice is an intellectual and practical response to Cervantes's observation in Don Quixote that “there are only two kinds of families in the world … The Haves and the Have-Nots.” of course, a concern for social justice is more than simply acknowledging the inequalities of life. The following three questions outline a discussion about social justice. First, how has social justice been theorized as a moral question? This approach situates social justice as a philosophical ideal. Second, how do we measure social justice? This view positions social justice as a field of scientific inquiry defined in opposition to social inequality and prejudice. Third, what can be done about human suffering? Here, social justice is a call to action. These three questions provide a framework ...

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