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Sprawl, Justice, and CitizenshipThe Civic Costs of the American Way of Life$
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Thad Williamson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195369434

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369434.001.0001

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Is Sprawl Fair?

Is Sprawl Fair?

Liberal Egalitarianism and Sprawl

(p.110) Four Is Sprawl Fair?
Sprawl, Justice, and Citizenship

Thad Williamson

Oxford University Press

Rawls theory of liberal egalitarianism is used as a basis in determining the fairness of spatial configuration as it relates to the nature and purpose for which it was built and whether it undermines the ideas of a fair society, tackling evidences implicating patterns of socioeconomic and racial segregation in suburban areas in the United States. The investigation explores the question of whether sprawl is actually linked with the violation of fairness norms and the promotion of inequality. But alas, the extent of spatial elements of sprawl within socio-spatial patterns and economic opportunity and class privilege relationships still remains obscure.

Keywords:   Rawls, liberal egalitarianism, fairness, spatial configuration, socioeconomic segragation, racial segregation, suburbanization, United States, inequality, economic opportunity, class privilege

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