How We Know What We Know: Justice Scripts in Literary and Filmic Narratives
This chapter outlines evolution of the social justice script and examines actualizations of its dominant tracks. In any specific circumstances the ideal of society is a moving target, primary cognitive advantage of the social justice script is to enable perception of specific inequalities as forms of social injustice. The ideal of achieving justice for the entire society, across and among its various strata, was at the heart of the New Justice project, especially as voiced by Kant. In practice, though, social justice begins to take shape only in the first part of the nineteenth century. The new inequalities created by the Industrial Revolution and old inequalities inherent in the Old Justice social order, which supported traditional gender and race relations in European societies. The author examines the social justice script necessitates distinguishing it from other scripts in terms of its principal markers. The realistic fiction is better positioned to address issues of social justice, speculative fiction has not ignored them.