Social justice is defined as the equitable processes and outcomes that result from efforts to close the gap between what we as a society espouse in our social contract and how we actually enact that mission. The term social justice implies both a goal and a process. The goal is articulated as the full and equal participation of all groups in a society that is shaped to meet mutual needs. Social justice includes a vision of a society in which the distribution of resources is equitable, all members are physically and psychologically safe and secure, and individuals are allowed self-determination and independent agency. The process for attaining the goal of social justice should be democratic and participatory, inclusive, and affirming of human agency and human ...

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