About the SeriesThe SAGE Key Concepts series provides students with accessible and authoritative knowledge of the essential topics in a variety of disciplines. Cross-referenced throughout, the format encourages critical evaluation through understanding. Written by experienced and respected academics, the books are indispensable study aids and guides to comprehension.Key Concepts in Education provides students with over 100 essential themes, topics and expressions that Education students are likely to encounter, both during their courses and beyond in professional practice. Co-authored to draw on experiences of working within academia, local authorities and the classroom, the entries provide:a definition of the concepta description of the historical and practical contextan explanation of how the concept is appliedan evaluation of the concepthelpful references and suggested further readingThis book will be essential reading for students of Education, and an invaluable reference tool for their professional careers. About the AuthorsFred Inglis is Emeritus Professor of Cultural Studies, University of Sheffield. Lesley Aers is a senior member of a local authority school improvement service and an Ofsted inspector. Both authors are former schoolteachers.
Justice, Plato said, is the prime value of a polity (a fully political society with an official government and tabulated laws). At its heart, justice signifies the principle of the distribution of rewards and responsibilities, of the goods as well as the more unwelcome labours necessary for society to thrive. The principle of justice, that is, arbitrates the three main constituents of politics – wealth, privilege and power – according to what a given society concludes is fair in such distribution, and ‘fairness’ is commonly held to be almost a synonym for justice as well as to be heard invoked as a regulative and understood appeal in everyday life in the school playground.
At the formal end of the concept there stands justice as the ...