Rethinking Social Justice: A Contemporary Challenge for Social Good

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Abstract

Social justice’s special relationship with the social work profession has recently been confirmed by new definitions of social good that identify the promotion of social justice as a primary goal of social work research and practice. This contemporary use of the ideas and ideals of social justice creates an opportunity to reexamine it in the context of modern societies and postmodern knowledge. This article presents four steps for reassessing existing definitions of social justice, as reflected by three cases documented by international institutions that define themselves as promoters of social justice. Through this reassessment, this article seeks to contribute to the regeneration and advancement of interdisciplinary debate over the contents and nature of social justice, under the presumption that any effort toward social good aimed at enhancing social justice should first identify or discuss to what sort of social justice it aspires.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)186-195
Number of pages10
JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
Volume30
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2020

Keywords

  • constructivism
  • knowledge
  • postmodernism
  • social good
  • social justice

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