Paths to Social Justice in the BRICS Countries

Thursday, 14 July 2016: 09:00-10:30
Location: Hörsaal 34 (Main Building)
RC07 Futures Research (host committee)

Language: English

Social justice is a global project but not an absolute concept. It is theorized and proposed for experiences of inequality; systems of power; geo-politics of wars and conflicts; production and consumption capabilities; discriminatory and exclusionary praxes; monetization of the environmental and global resources; social politics of feminism, gender and sexualisation; and skewed ICT landscape. Individually and collectively, these factors contribute globally to intense oppressive processes and attendant struggles. 
The efforts towards some idea of social justice are ideologically, geographically and socially varied, contested and claimed. These efforts span global institutions, social movements, civil society formations and even individuals. 
The session seeks to recognize the varied paths, mechanisms and processes towards social justice in the BRICS countries. It hopes to provide an opportunity to share conceptual understanding, knowledge, and social commitment towards current and future social justice dispositions, movements and projects.
Session Organizers:
Jayanathan GOVENDER, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa, Tom DWYER, University of Campinas, Brazil, Kiran ODHAV, North West University, South Africa and Mokong Simon MAPADIMENG, University of Limpopo, South Africa
The Zeal for Equality As a Way Toward Social Justice: Context and Practices in China
Rong HE, Institute of Sociology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China
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