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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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A fairer city: towards a pluralistic, relational and multi-scalar perspective

A fairer city: towards a pluralistic, relational and multi-scalar perspective

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Justice and Fairness in the City

Derek Bell

Simin Davoudi

Policy Press

This concluding chapter draws on the arguments and evidence provided by the contributors to this volume to discuss different conceptions of justice in and of the city, the diverse theoretical traditions that underpin them and different ways of studying them. It argues that this diversity reflects the complexity and the contested character of the interrelationship between justice and the city, and suggests that alternative perspectives can help develop a more sophisticated understanding of the multiple ways in which cities can be unjust. The chapter highlights the difficulties that city governments have in translating rhetorical commitments to fairness into actual reduction of injustices in and of the city, and the resistance to unjust processes and practices that are experienced in everyday life, pointing to the importance of the connection between justice and democracy. The chapter concludes by summarising some of the key points for future research and political action.

Keywords:   justice in and of the city, democracy, resistance, future research

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