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Justice and the American Metropolis$
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Clarissa Rile Hayward and Todd Swanstrom

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816676125

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816676125.001.0001

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Thick Injustice

Thick Injustice

(p.1) Introduction Thick Injustice
Justice and the American Metropolis

Clarissa Rile Hayward

Todd Swanstrom

University of Minnesota Press

This introductory chapter defines the concept of thick injustice. It argues that the historical roots of metropolitan injustice, its relation to the structure of local governance in the United States, and its imbrication with physical place make it difficult to see and difficult to assign responsibility for it—and thus difficult to change. It focuses on one particular form of spatial injustice, namely, injustice generated overtime by institutional structures, including structures that segregate metropolitan space by class and race. It aims to help render thick injustice more legible and more tractable in order to put questions of justice back at the center of deliberations about urban politics and policy.

Keywords:   thick injustice, local governance, United States, spatial injustice, institutional structures, urban politics, urban policy

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