Academic journal article Childhood Education

More Than Words? Delving into the Substantive Meaning(s) of "Social Justice" in Education

Academic journal article Childhood Education

More Than Words? Delving into the Substantive Meaning(s) of "Social Justice" in Education

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MORE THAN WORDS? Delving Into the Substantive Meaning(s) of "Social Justice" in Education. North, C. E., Review of Educational Research, 2006, 76(4), 507-536. The term "social justice" has been used extensively over the past 20 years. What exactly does it mean? North attempts to answer this question, relying heavily on Nancy Fraser's philosophy and three-sphere model of social justice. According to Fraser, and North's interpretation of Fraser's model, social justice can be defined as involving micro/macro, redistribution/recognition, and sameness/difference continuums.

From a practical viewpoint, those who work for social justice can focus on the microsystem, or face-to-face interactions. For example, a teacher who works to promote social justice in the classroom would be working at the micro level. Those who work to change public policies and eradicate social injustice at state, national, and international levels promote social justice at a macro level.

Another way to define and promote social justice has to do with the redistribution/recognition continuum. …

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