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Justice and Fairness in the CityA Multi-Disciplinary Approach to 'Ordinary' Cities$
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Simin Davoudi and Derek Bell

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447318385

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447318385.001.0001

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Understanding justice and fairness in and of the city

Understanding justice and fairness in and of the city

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Justice and Fairness in the City

Derek Bell

Simin Davoudi

Policy Press

This chapter provides the theoretical background for the theme of the book and its focus on ‘ordinary’ cities. It introduces liberal theories of justice and fairness and their critiques. Drawing on the concept of spatial justice, the chapter aims to situate debates about justice in and of the city in the broader debates about conceptualisation of justice. It argues in favour of a multi-disciplinary and pluralistic approach to thinking about justice, a relational approach to the city and a dialectic understanding of spatial justice. These are seen as important first steps toward bridging the gaps between different disciplinary perspectives on social justice, spatial justice and fairness. The chapter also provides a short introduction to the city of Newcastle upon Tyne in the United Kingdom and explains why the book focuses primarily on this single city.

Keywords:   fairness, social justice, spatial justice, ordinary cities, liberal theories, justice in and of the city, Newcastle upon Tyne

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