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Perhaps one of the most debated concepts that arises in discussions of society and social interaction is that of distributive justice. Philosophers and researchers alike would agree that societies and interaction should be just. They may, however, disagree about what constitutes a just society or what forms of interaction are fair. Questions of distributive justice pertain to the creation and evaluation of the wide array of distributions of benefits and burdens to groups and to individuals. As such, they underlie fundamental issues regarding the evaluation of inequality at societal and interpersonal levels, which, in turn, influence the maintenance of social order or the fomenting of social change. Groups and individuals readily decry distributions that they perceive to be unfair, potentially upsetting the status quo and ...

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