Social Justice

Social Justice refers to efforts to improve the life circumstances of society’s members, particularly those who suffer from any of various forms of social disadvantage. Many faculty and graduate students at the University of Washington seek, through teaching and research, to understand the processes through which such disadvantage is created. Importantly, the processes of injustice often take spatial form; problems of poverty and environmental degradation, for example, are entrenched in particular places, and thus create acute stress for particular communities. Embedded spatial patterns, in turn, can influence social organization and behavior. It is the task of many geographers to understand how such injustices both reflect and produce space. Efforts to address such injustices include elaborating alternate social patterns and alternate geographies that might generate more hopeful circumstances for more people.

Related Links
West Coast Poverty Center
Law, Societies, and Justice Program
National Civil Rights Museum
Institute for Women’s Policy Research
Washington State Human Rights Commission
UW Women Studies
American Indian Studies
Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project