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On Community, Justice, and Libraries
Library Quarterly: Information, Community, Policy (2016)
  • John Buschman
  • Dorothy A. Warner
At the core of terms such as “inclusion,” “civic engagement,” “social participation,” and “social
justice”—terms that this special issue is built around—are political concepts that have been
plumbed deeply by political theorists. Two concepts that underwrite much of this terminology
are community and justice, both robustly debated within political theory. It is the premise of
this article that exploring those debates—definitions of justice and community put forward and
argued—and proposing specific versions of those core concepts will provide a defensible basis
for research deploying these terms and a practical raison d’état for the institutions of library and
information science. Defensible constructs of community and justice with affinities to the field
are particularly important in the current political era.
Publication Date
January, 2016
Citation Information
John Buschman and Dorothy A. Warner. "On Community, Justice, and Libraries" Library Quarterly: Information, Community, Policy Vol. 86 Iss. 1 (2016) p. 10 - 24 ISSN: 00242519
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