Social justice and spatial inequality: Toward a conceptual framework

Emil Israel, Amnon Frenkel

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Justice has recently been deliberated in different spatial disciplines. Still, the question of its metrics remains unresolved. Accordingly, this article introduces a conceptual framework in which a metric notion of justice can be employed in different spatial contexts, drawing upon the theoretical conceptualization of Amartya Sen’s ‘capabilities’ and Pierre Bourdieu’s ‘field’, capital forms and ‘habitus’. The main hypothesis assumes that capital resources, which are formed in an individual’s living environment, determine their life chances, thus influencing spatial equality of opportunity (i.e. social justice).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)647-665
Number of pages19
JournalProgress in Human Geography
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2018


  • capabilities
  • capital forms
  • habitus
  • living environments
  • social justice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development


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