- Janet L. Finn, Janet L. FinnUniversity of Montana
- Jen MolloyJen MolloyUniversity of Montana
- and Ashley TrautmanAshley TrautmanUniversity of Montana
The concept of social justice is significant as a core value of social work. Conceptualizations of social justice are diverse, with important philosophical underpinnings. A range of philosophical perspectives influences social work’s conceptualization of social justice, including those of John Rawls, Amartya Sen, Martha Nussbaum, Nancy Fraser, and Iris Marion Young. The roots of social justice are traced through social work history, from the settlement house movement to the rank and file movement, the civil rights movement, and contemporary struggles in the context of globalization and neoliberalism. Challenges for social justice-oriented practice in the 21st century are addressed. Examples are provided of ways in which social workers are translating principles of social justice into concrete practices.
- Criminal Justice
- Gender and Sexuality
- Policy and Advocacy
- Social Justice and Human Rights
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