Essay about My Definition Of Social Justice

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My Definition of Social Justice:
Initially, my definition of social justice was focused on the concept of equality and how the existing power structure is used. Social justice for me was doing things right by all members of a community without discrimination. Where by power, in any situation is not abused for the benefit of one group and disadvantage of another. (August 25, 2016)
As Rawls mentions in his "A Theory of Justice", justice is the set of principles or guiding structure we as a society (of men) would arrive at if we were to remove our knowledge of our position in society from the equation. These principles of social justice "provide a way of assigning rights and duties in the basic institutions of society and they define the appropriate distribution of the benefits and burdens of social cooperation." (Rawls, 2007, p. 204)Yet this original condition of equality behind the "veil of ignorance" is too hypothetical a condition to lead to an applicable conception of justice. Equality, even a conceptual one, as a basis of defining a socially just structure (set of principles) does not take into consideration the injustice that is the systematic and historical marginalization of groups of people, be it based on gender, race, sexual orientation, etc. As Fainstein mentions in her book "The Just City", equality as a goal is "too complex, demanding and unrealistic to be an objective in the context of capitalist cities." (Fainstein, 2010, p. 36) To suppose that any discussion…

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