WHAT IS SOCIAL JUSTICE?
Social justice refers to the level of fairness that exists
in human relationships.
Most of the issues that social workers confront are
directly or indirectly related to a lack of social justice,
INJUSTICE CAN BE DEFINED AS:
“coercively established and maintained inequalities,
discrimination, and dehumanizing, development-
inhibiting conditions of living (e.g., slavery, serfdom,
and exploitative wage labor; unemployment, poverty,
starvation, and homelessness; inadequate health care
and education), imposed by dominant social groups,
classes, and peoples upon dominated and exploited
groups, classes and people”
(Gil, 1998, p. 10).
SOCIAL JUSTICE AND SOCIAL WORK
Social justice is important to social workers
because many of the issues that confront the
majority of social work clients, including
poverty, unemployment, homelessness, hunger,
inadequate health care, and unequal and
inadequate education, exist due to injustices in
the social, political, and economic systems.