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COVID-19 Guide: Coronavirus & Social Justice

Social Justice & Disaster Management

The Oxford Dictionary of Disaster Management defines social justice as:

The equal and just distribution of resources and opportunities. The resources of a society, including sustainability and disaster resilience, are never equally distributed, and the concept of social justice can be used to discuss these distributive issues. Poor households, for example, are more likely to be exposed to natural hazards and are more likely to succumb to these hazards than richer households. Although much ambiguity surrounds the concept of justice, there is a shared consensus that disaster management should extend beyond saving lives and protecting key infrastructures to also pursue equity and justice in disaster policies. Ideas of social justice in disaster management underlie the humanitarian principles.

- Rubin, O., & Dahlberg, R. social justice. In A Dictionary of Disaster Management. : Oxford University Press.

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