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Edward W. Soja

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816666676

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816666676.001.0001

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Building a Spatial Theory of Justice

Building a Spatial Theory of Justice

(p.67) 3 Building a Spatial Theory of Justice
Seeking Spatial Justice

Edward W. Soja

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses the origin and the development of spatial justice. Spatial justice begins with the branch of ontology that deals with the existential concepts of geography, history, and sociology. All theories are rooted in ontological assumptions about human existence and the nature of the world in which we live. The theory of justice has been given a spatial dimension through six processes: theorizing theory itself, building a new ontology of space, theorizing justice, examining the historical debates on spatial justice, focusing on David Harvey and the urbanization of injustice, and developing and extending Henri Lefebvre’s ideas about the right to the city.

Keywords:   spatial justice, ontology, Henri Lefebvre, justice, urbanization of injustice

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