Injustice and School Closure


School closure is a recent, hotly contested instantiation of school reform. Public disputes about school closure also reflect fundamental disagreement about the nature of justice. I draw on Nancy Fraser’s notion of “abnormal justice”—in short, the sense that modern justice discourse lacks a common grammar—to clarify the content of closure disputes in three ways. First, I explain why and how opposing claims about school closure rest on very different notions of what justice is and what justice requires. Second, I describe the normative force of such claims through three distinct forms of injustice: maldistribution, misrecognition, and misrepresentation. Third, I argue that notion of abnormal justice shifts our theoretical imagination to the identification and analysis of the relationships among the different forms of injustice implicated in instances of school closure.

See also: Jacob Fay
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