A Philosophical Examination of Social Justice and Child by Günter Graf Gottfried Schweiger

By Günter Graf Gottfried Schweiger

This booklet is open entry below a CCBY license. This booklet investigates baby poverty from a philosophical point of view. It identifies the injustices of kid poverty, relates them to the future health of youngsters, and discusses who has an ethical accountability to safe social justice for kids.

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The social context profoundly influences our psychological, emotional and even physical development, the skills we are able to learn and the aspirations we have. This shows that internal conversion factors, too, do not merely exist in a vacuum but must be interpreted over a certain social context. One can also mention here the close relationship between a child’s capabilities and those of her parents or close caregivers (Ballet, Biggeri and Comim 2011, 30–31). As is well known from empirical research, disadvantages are often transferred from one generation to the next, and without improving the capabilities of a child’s attachment figures, it is unlikely that her life chances will be comparable to those of her peers from a privileged background as understood in terms of the caregiver’s capabilities (which do not equal their material wealth).

Various psychological research studies on the development of the self and personality and on socialization have examined the effects of outside surroundings on children. For instance, it has been shown that girls who suffer from maltreatment during childhood may develop a low perception of their own social power in relationship with others; this state may be predictive of a propensity for abusiveness in their relationships Social Justice for Children – A Capability Approach 27 with their own children (Bugental and Grusex 2007).

5) Political empowerment: being able to participate in and have a fair share of influence on political decision-making. (6) Education and knowledge: being able to be educated and to use and produce knowledge. (7) Domestic work and nonmarket care: being able to raise children and to take care of others. (8) Paid work and other projects: being able to work in the labor market or to undertake projects, including artistic ones. (9) Shelter and environment: being able to be sheltered and to live in a safe and pleasant environment.

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