Handbook on Global Social Justice
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Handbook on Global Social Justice

Edited by Gary Craig

In the fifty years since Rawls seminal work A Theory of Justice, the concept has been debated with those on the political right and left advocating very different understandings. This unique global collection, written by a group of international experts, offers wide-ranging analyses of the meaning of social justice that challenge the ability of the market to provide social justice for all. The Handbook also looks at how the theory of social justice informs practice within a range of occupations or welfare divisions.
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Chapter 26: Perspectives on transport and social justice

Karel Martens and Karen Lucas


Although ideas of access and participation are inherent to most edicts on social justice, the role of transport, as an enabler of both, rarely crops up within the core philosophical literatures. It is also evident, however, that transport and mobility is an inherent aspect of most people’s social life and everyday wellbeing. Going to work, taking children, attending a health appointment, shopping or visiting the gym, it is usual that some form of journey is involved in that transaction, either by foot, bicycle, car or public transport. Even shopping online requires some form of transport service to be implicated during the delivery process. The inequalities that can arise from the, sometimes, extremely uneven distribution of transport resources and impacts are, arguably, not as demonstrable as they are for many other areas of social justice, but a lack of adequate transport resources can and does have significant negative economic and social consequences for relevant populations.

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