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Understanding Social Justice

Social justice is both a goal and a process. The goal of social justice is full and equitable participation of people from all social identity groups in a society that is mutually shaped to meet their needs. The process for attaining the goal of social justice should also be democratic and participatory, respectful of human diversity and group differences, and inclusive and affirming of human agency and capacity for working collaboratively with others to create change.

Bell, L. A. (2016). Theoretical foundations for social justice education. In Adams, M. and Bell, L. A. (Eds), Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice [ebook edition] (xxi-lii). Taylor & Francis, Retrieved from

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