Civil society associations and the values of social justice

The Gathering 2018

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Craig, G.

This is a report of a study undertaken in 2008 into the relationship between civil society associations (CSAs) and the values of social justice. The paper was commissioned to inform the Carnegie UK Trust Inquiry into the Future of Civil Society in the UK and Ireland. The report explores how CSAs understand and operationalise the concept of social justice. It also considers what distinguishes CSAs from organisations in the public and private sectors and attempts to identify the obstacles they encounter in operating as social justice organisations. The samples of organisations studied in this research were drawn from the pool of those which, on a reasonably self-evident basis, appear to be committed to the values of social justice - that is, those groups which espouse work favouring disadvantaged sections of the population. Their understandings of the term were also tested during the research which included interviews and a postal questionnaire.

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