Comparison and Analysis of Social Justice in the United States and India

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Comparison and Analysis of Social Justice in the United States and India Jessica M. Alstad Argosy University Author Note All correspondence pertaining to this work should be directed to: Jessica Alstad, 4305 Grayson Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46228 Abstract Social justice has multiple definitions depending on the country a person resides in. The definition of social justice in the United States differs from that definition in India. Some of these differences can be attributed to historical values that have influenced social policies. However, there are some similarities when looking at the basic ideologies involved. When analyzing social justice, it is important to look at the entire picture that is presented. Keywords: social…show more content…
Another ideology is that of equal opportunity and upward mobility (Jimenez, 2009). Both beliefs place all persons on equal footing and state that hard work will equate to gains in social and economic standing (Jimenez, 2009). Historically, Americans used Social Darwinism to explain inequity; this is no longer the case (Jimenez, 2009). In the United States, the economic structure of capitalism and free enterprise is supported by the previously mentioned ideologies (Jimenez, 2009). Social Justice in India Historically, India was under British rule until 1950. Many people in India felt that during British rule they were powerless (Beteille, 2010). All of the problems in the country were blamed on this helplessness (Beteille, 2010). When India became independent and developed its own constitution, a large amount of emphasis was placed on the role of government in solving social problems (Beteille, 2010). During British rule, many customs and practices in India were based on the Hindu religion (Beteille, 2010). The British left those in place, neither making them unlawful nor supporting them (Beteille, 2010). When the new government was established, the caste system that had so sharply defined India was declared unlawful (Beteille, 2010). While this was a step in the
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