social justice

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social justice (uncountable)

  1. Fairness in society.
    • 1932, Bertrand Russell, In Praise of Idleness:
      The leisure class enjoyed advantages for which there was no basis in social justice; this necessarily made it oppressive, limited its sympathies, and caused it to invent theories by which to justify its privileges.
    • 2017, Özlem Sensoy; Robin DiAngelo, Is Everyone Really Equal?: An Introduction to Key Concepts in Social Justice, Teachers College Press, page xx:
      The second challenge surfaces when we consider what it means to practice social justice. Generally, because most people see themselves as valuing social justice, most people also see themselves as acting justly in their lives. In response to questions about how they practice social justice, many would say that they treat everyone the same without regard to differences; because they do this, their actions are aligned with their values.

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  • Associated with movements that aim to eliminate or negate unfair treatment based on traits of the individual, such as age, gender, or race.

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