Virtual Networks As Tools of Social Justice

Friday, July 18, 2014: 5:45 PM
Room: 512
Oral Presentation
Luciana LEAL HALBRITTER , Instituto de Psicologia, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The popularization of internet has changed deeply the personnal and social relationships, the cultural exchanges and the production of subjectivities. The background is a globalized word focused by the desire of expansion off the capital, creating inequalities that get stronger by the mechanisms of accumulation of wealth. Social justice and citizenship are also influenced by this context.

We want to demonstrate that social networks are tolls of social justice by ensuring equal access and a parallel public space of social interaction that are essential tools to enable to everybody, indistinctly, the exercise of citizenship, without the limitations of constituted social political normative structures.

To reach the objective were selected examples of usage of virtual networks from institutional profiles, personal profiles, fanpages, social movements and NGO’s. We analyzed by Qualitative Methods the options like, share and the frequency and content of comments.

The idea of justice is connected with the distribution of natural and social resources among people and the criteria and mechanisms of correction of injustices. Putting together the theories of justice by John Rawls(2003), Amartya Sen(2011), Nancy Fraser(2009) and Martha Nussbaum(2011) that represent the political, economic and cultural aspects of justice, that are related to the justice found in the ways of life and not only in the legal recognition, we can extract elements characterizing the social justice in the plan sense. Then we can also allow investigating its presence in the free participation of individuals in the social networks.

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