Justice as Culture

Nisha Subramanium, Eastern Kentucky University
Stephanie Whitehead, Indiana University

It has been argued that justice is a universal concept. This paper, however, will argue that the concept of justice is culturally constructed. In order to understand what justice means in a given culture, one must understand both the cultures underlying values and its language. The study of language is important because languages are structured differently, and so delineate reality along dissimilar lines. The following study will examine and compare two cultures and their cultural and social artifacts in order to analyze the universality of the concept of justice.

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