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Social Justice Concept



Ling 472


Social Justice Concept

Q 1: The Meaning of Social Justice

From a religious standpoint, especially the Biblical perspective, God created humankind in his image and likeness. Therefore, self-love and respect for neighbors is paramount for harmonious relationships and coexistence to advance equitable social growth, development, and economic prosperity (Avineri et al., 2019). Usually, the virtue of love treats or handles all people equally and distributes socio-economic benefits fairly or equitably irrespective of the underlying shortcomings. Ultimately, that ensures uniform distribution of social, economic benefits, and opportunities for all people. Indeed, a social justice concept in the community typically hinges on the virtues of humaneness, love, and dignity for all people and entails embracing diversity and inclusivity philosophies, as highlighted underneath.

From my understanding, social justice typically revolves around equal economic, political, alongside social rights, and beneficial opportunities necessary for the neighborhood to realize improved, fair growth, development. Notably, my understanding relates social justice concepts with fairness and humaneness perceptions for all humankind. Unfortunately, that is not the practical situation, especially in multiethnic and multiracial societies, such as the US. Here, minority population groups, such as African Americans experience multiple forms of discrimination, unfairness, or injustices, which significantly hinder equitable socio-economic progress (Buettner‐Schmidt & Lobo, 2012).

For instance, unfair political representations, socio-economic suppressions, and oppressions directed at the most vulnerable population groups can signify injustice. Linguistic, ethnic, and racial stereotypes frequently witnessed usually go against the spirit of social justice philosophies necessary to entrench equitable socio-economic progression (Avineri et al., 2019). Social justice stands for humaneness, diversity, and inclusivity, fair alongside equitable treatment for all people in all neighborhoods.

Q 2: Language and Social Justice

Effective communication is paramount in a society to manage various emerging social and economic issues prudently. As pinpointed above, social justice is significant for equitable distribution of the ever-scarce socio-economic resources and opportunities needed for fair growth, development, and prosperity (Buettner‐Schmidt & Lobo, 2012). Fluency is necessary for proper presentation and expression of ideas, thoughts, alongside suggestions for the recipients’ comprehension. In other words, language typically plays a considerable role in articulating and advancing social justice concepts or philosophies in a multiethnic or multiracial community via effective communication.

Language usually plays a central role concerning fairness or justice dispensation. Articulating social and economic issues affecting community sections is necessary for proper management. To do that, using a language comprehensible to all primary stakeholders is essential. For instance, teaching or educating minority populations to comprehend the language of the dominant community is necessary and vice versa. Effective communication would ultimately ensure that all humankind flourish via expressing equality, freedom, and dignity in a region (Avineri et al., 2019). Nevertheless, minority population groups typically find it awkward to communicate effectively or express themselves as adequately and fluently as their majority counterparts do. Language barrier or failure to communicate effectively may eventually hinder social justice advancement following inability to articulate perceived injustices for the majority’s comprehension and subsequent prompt action.


Avineri, N., Graham, L. R., Johnson, E. J., Riner, R. C., & Rosa, J. (Eds.). (2019). Language and social justice in practice.

Buettner‐Schmidt, K., & Lobo, M. L. (2012). Social justice: A concept analysis. Journal of advanced nursing, 68(4), 948-958. https://www.academia.edu/1136859/Social_justice_a_concept_analysis

linguistic: discussion post

LING 472: Reflection on Justice

due on Thursday, April 28, 8:00 am, Discussion Post


 Think about your original definition of justice from the first short writing. Now that this whole class is over, it is time to reflect back on it. Bring in a well-argued page of writing (400 words) in which you address the following two questions:

o How was your definition of justice changed?

o What does your understanding of justice have to do with language?

Feel free to bring examples of (linguistic) discrimination from your personal life to strengthen your argument

Make sure that your claims are well supported by linguistic evidence and examples

Readings: (Available on Perusall)

Go to perusall.com > Login > Enroll in course > Course code: RODRIGUEZ-9VZZ4.

Note: even if your definition hasn’t changed much, do not copy paste your original first assignment.


· For your initial post, try to restrict yourself to 400 words. Someone else will need to be able to read your full argument fairly quickly.

· Your piece does not have to include references to sources, but you may refer to sources if you wish. You can assume that the reader is familiar with everything we have read together in this class, as well as all topics that we have covered in lecture and section.

· Show up early or on time. If you miss the first set of comments, this will mess up your exam and part of what you were supposed to contribute will be missing.

· Bear in mind that you may choose to write about any of the class material pertaining to the topic (as well as material from other modules) — so it would be a good idea to review your notes and the lecture slides before Wednesday.