Original Research - Special Collection: Spatial Justice & Reconciliation

How does justice smell? Reflections on space and place, justice and the body

Jacob Meiring
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 72, No 1 | a3492 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v72i1.3492 | © 2016 Jacob Meiring | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 17 May 2016 | Published: 14 November 2016

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Jacob Meiring, Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship, University of Pretoria, South Africa


Flowing from a joint consultation on Spatial Justice and Reconciliation on 21–22 September 2015, hosted by the Centre for Contextual Ministry and the Ubuntu Research Project of the University of Pretoria, this article reflects on the notions of space and justice from the perspective of a contemporary theological anthropology as ‘embodied sensing’, where the making of meaning is sensed in the body. The argument is put forward that spatial justice is an embodied endeavour and that it cannot be achieved disconnected from the bodies of the persons in the concrete context where justice is strived for and where bodies can flourish. The relation between spatial justice, sense of place, human flourishing and the embodied sensing of meaning is explored.


Spatial justice; sense of place; human flourishing; theological anthropology; embodied sensing of meaning


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