As we study the issues associated with social justice we do not always consider them in the context of an urban community.
Is it possible to look at an urban community as a whole and assess whether it could be considered "just"?
If so, what would be the characteristics of a "just" community?
What attributes, structures, systems, amenities, design, etc. would promote "justice" in a community?
Does a community affect the actual or perceived social justice sensed by individuals living and working within it and if so how?
1.An urban community is composed of individuals coming from various walks of life. A community is built by unique individuals with unique character traits. Urban community is usually a city or town with individuals living an urban life. It is difficult to look at the whole community and decide if it is “just”. However a particular urban area can be assessed on various grounds and an understanding about the idea of justice in that community can be judged.
2.A “just” urban community can be described as the one which is run by values, believes in helping each other, endeavors in establishing equality, promises to help the individuals grow within the community setting and which works on noble causes such as animal welfare, LGBT rights, and uprooting of religious extremism (Warburton, 2013).
3.The factors that may promote “justice” in a society are democracy, good governance, removal of extremism, establishing equality, law for everyone, state for social good, and society for individual growth (Furman, 2012). Welfare schemes must be designed keeping in mind the people who are in the greatest need of support.
4.A community has a great role to play in affecting the perceived social justice sensed by individuals living and working within it. This is done because the individuals stay within the community since birth, hence the education, values and thought process is shaped by that particular social setting in which the individual stays.
Furman, G. (2012). Social justice leadership as praxis: Developing capacities through preparation programs. Educational Administration Quarterly, 48(2), 191-229.
Warburton, D. (2013). Community and sustainable development: participation in the future. Routledge.