Social Justice, Urban

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Urban social justice is a term that suggests that inequalities are socially produced rather than bound in universal truths. The term suggests that social justice is embedded in social processes that are directly related to the mode of production as it is expressed spatially. Cities are spaces of oppression and inequality but they are also spaces of political liberation. Much like traditional thinking about justice and social justice, urban social justice is about equitable processes and outcomes and it assumes a role for the state in their production. Questions focus on what is being distributed, how it is distributed, and with what outcome. Will just processes produce just outcomes or are inequalities better addressed through redistribution? Can the mode of production remain the same and produce just outcomes? At what scale is social justice produced? Is economic inequality the only source of oppression and injustice? If it is not, what alternative processes are necessary to produce social justice? Is it possible and/or desirable to create a universal idea of justice in multicultural societies? If justice is socially produced and is different for different groups, do intra- and inter-group cleavages become problems?.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of Human Geography
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9780080449104
ISBN (Print)9780080449111
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences(all)


  • Deliberative democracy
  • Growth machine
  • Social justice
  • Uneven development
  • Urban politics

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    Newman, K. (2009). Social Justice, Urban. In International Encyclopedia of Human Geography (pp. 195-198). Elsevier Inc..