What is it about?
What are the practical implications in recognizing a “spatial dimension” to justice or, conversely, that justice is a pertinent dimension in the production of (urban, social, civic) space? This question has been probed, in conversation with scholarly research, by activists and grassroots movements, who have been rallying against the neoliberalization of urban/social space. The current article wishes to contribute in this trajectory through an in-depth theoretical engagement with the concept of “spatial justice”, which has been at the center of relevant discussions and practices of contestation and resistance. Critically confronting the distributive paradigm that prevails in social and political theory, as well as among existing formulations of spatial justice, the proposed conceptualization aims to foster a heightened reflectivity in terms of the intricacies and implications that the relation between space and justice entails.
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Why is it important?
It throws fresh theoretical light on a key issue of contemporary political and social theory, which is also at the forefront of public policy and grassroots mobilization. At the same time, it points to the ever existing need to reflect on the philosophical implications of our political concepts.
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This page is a summary of: Diagrammatics of Spatial Justice: Neoliberalisation, Normativity, and the Production of Space, Antipode, June 2022, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/anti.12859.
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