Empathy for justice: a social transformation of the US food system Public Deposited

The human ability to understand and experience another’s feelings—known as empathy—is increasingly dwindling in the United States and poses concerns for the advancement of social change and social justice. This thesis examines empathy and its lack thereof as a major contributor to the tolerance of structural injustice and ensuing inaction in the US food system and society. By reviewing the ability to empathize, this research reveals 1) the ideologies and cultural phenomena that activate or suppress empathy, 2) the role of empathy in addressing structural injustice, and 3) the strategies that are found to activate empathy. A review of peer-reviewed articles, websites, and books addresses these three topics in an attempt to answer the following question: In what ways could a greater understanding of empathy contribute to addressing structural injustice in the US Food System?

  • chehabeddine.lana.2019.pdf
  • https://doi.org/10.6083/z890rt694
Publication Date
  • 2019
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