Geography and Social Justice: Social Justice in a Changing World

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Human geography - cultural, economic, political, and social - isinherently concerned with social justice and injustice. So also arethe associated fields of urban and regional analysis and planning:being born in one country, region or one part of a particular citymany, for example, be the single most important factor in anindividual's health, education, and longevity. It is clear that inevery nation, including present and former socialist societies,wealth and privilege are unevenly divided. But would an equaldivision of resources really be preferable from a moral point ofview? Is it even possible to propound universal prescriptions ofwhat is socially just? or to talk about universal rights in a worldin which different kinds of people (according to class, gender,race, and religion) are treated so differently in differentplaces?
Such questions are far from simple. In this book David Smith, oneof the world's leading geographical thinkers, throws incisive lightupon them. He proceeds first by providing a critical and accessiblereview of relevant issues in social and moral philosophy, inparticular the contrasting claims of different theories of socialjustice, and the nature of rights and needs. He examines JohnRawls's proposition that inequality can be justified to the extentthat it benefits the worst-off; and he considers how far justicemay or should be seen as a process for equalization or of returningto equality, in the face of persistent and widespread inequality.
The author then applied theoretical perspectives to case studies.These are based on his own first-hand research, and cover racialinjustice in the American South, inequality under socialism and itsaftermath in eastern Europe, and the porspects for social justicein post-apartheid South Africa. David Smith examines the plight ofthose peoples who have no secure place or defined territory,focussing on the conflicting claims of the Palestinians and theIsraelis. Finally he draws together elements of theory andexperience to present trenchantly argued conclusions on the justiceof market-led society, the ends of egalitarianism, and theuniversality of just principles. By both precept and example heshows the central contribution that geographers can make to theunderstanding of social justice in a complex and rapidly changingworld.

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Human geography - cultural, economic, political, and social - isinherently concerned with social justice and injustice. Being bornin one country, region or one part of a particular city may, forexample, be the single most important factor in an individual'shealth, education, and longevity. It is clear that in every nation,including present and former socialist societies, wealth andprivilege are unevenly divided. But would an equal distribution ofresources really be preferable from a moral point of view? Is iteven possible to propound universal prescriptions of what issocially just, or to talk about universal rights in a world inwhich different kinds of people (according to class, gender, raceand religion) are treated so differently in different places?

Such questions are far from simple. In this book David Smith,one of the world's leading geographical thinkers, throws incisivelight upon them. He proceeds first by providing a critical andaccessible review of relevant issues in social and moralphilosophy, in particular the contrasting claims of differenttheories of social justice, and the nature of rights and needs. Heexamines John Rawl's proposition that inequality can be justifiedto the extent that it benefits the worst off; and he considers howfar justice may or should be seen as a process for equalization orreturning to equality, in the face of persistent and widespreadinequality.

The author then applies these theoretical perspectives toseveral case studies. These are based on his own first-handresearch, and cover racial injustice in the American South,inequality under socialism and its aftermath in eastern Europe, andthe prospects for social justice in post-apartheid South Africa.David Smith examines the plight of those peoples who have no secureplace or defined territory, focusing on the conflicting claims ofthe Palestinians and the Israelis. Finally he draws togetherelements of theory and experience to present trenchantly arguedconclusions on the justice of market-led society, the ideals ofegalitarianism, and the universality of principles of justice. Byboth precept and example he shows the central contribution thatgeographers can make to the understanding of social justice in acomplex and rapidly changing world.

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David M. Smith is Professor of Geography at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London. His books include Industrial Location: An Economic Geographical Analysis (Second Edition, 1981), Human Geography: A Welfare Approach (1975), and Geography, Inequality and Society (1987). He is also co-editor of The Dictionary of Human Geography (Third Edition, 1993).

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