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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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Liberal Egalitarianism in a Cul-de-Sac?

Liberal Egalitarianism in a Cul-de-Sac?

Sprawl, Liberal Virtue, and Social Solidarity

(p.151) Five Liberal Egalitarianism in a Cul-de-Sac?
Sprawl, Justice, and Citizenship

Thad Williamson

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides an empirical scrutiny of sprawl and liberal values—social trust, tolerance, and respect for diversity. It also provides an in-depth discussion of the neighbourhood characteristics of sprawl and its affinity with political conservatism—in conceptualizing the possibility of Rawls liberal egalitarian ideology as applied within the context of current American lifestyles. However, as Simone Chambers points out, for both notions of equal opportunity in political culture and conservative notions of present US distributive justice, which promote personal responsibility and legitimizing inequalities, Rawls' egalitarianism application on present US distributive justice is problematic. Results are not as “just” as Rawls would illustrate.

Keywords:   sprawl, liberal values, neighbourhood characteristics, political conservatism, American lifestyle, Simone Chambers, equal opportunity, distributive justice, Rawls egalitarianism

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