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Meeting universal human needs as the foundation of individual and social development and of social and global justice: comments upon receipt of the Justice Studies Association's 2008 Noam Chomsky Award

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David Gil was the recipient of the Justice Studies Association's 2008 Noam Chomsky Award. In his acceptance comments at George Mason University on 6 June, Gil spoke about the experiential and conceptual bases of his commitment to social justice and non-violence, which began when he fled Austria as a teenager following the German occupation in 1938. He also spoke about the importance of the concept of universal human needs when addressing any issue of social and restorative justice. Of course, in social situations in which these needs cannot be met, Gil noted, we are confronted with social-structural violence.

Keywords: counter-violence; individual and social development; non-violence; social and global justice; social transformation; social-structural violence; universal human needs

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, Waltham, USA

Publication date: 2008-12-01

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