Reflecting Allowed

Maha Bali’s blog about education

Power in Digital Justice Discourse


This is a quick one building on Nancy Fraser’s model of social justice as economic, cultural or political. If we center everything around power, one easy way to remember it would be (in a digital context):

  • Economic justice: electrical power!! (Just an example of course, but to note that infrastructure, not having stable electrical power halts conversations around digital access altogether sometimes)
  • Cultural justice: power to be heard
  • Political justice: power to decide

That’s all for now, really. Just to remember that sometimes the word “power” can have different connotations from the very basic necessity (economic) sometimes preceding even the capacity to discuss other dimensions (cultural and political). And yet it’s the same word.


  1. I love this Maha! thanks for these quick examples, will help me to remember and make sense of the framework. I partixularly liked the way you framed political

    • This is exactly why I publish these fleeting, incomplete thoughts. You never know when someone else might benefit from them. The world does not always need long, deep, complex thoughts and ideas. Sometimes simple things make a difference

  2. Hey! 👋👋👋 I’m so excited to see others use Nancy Fraser’s work in relation to digital technologies! I built a lot of my thinking on the design of digital technologies in the Third Sector / Charities / NGOs on her work myself, so love learning about others’ interpretations!

  3. The fantastic @plizt got me into reading her work!! And yeah, I can’t get enough either…I think it might almost be time for my almost annual re-read of ‘Scales of Justice’ 😅

  4. Thanks for sharing and for introducing the model to me. Powerful(pun) example of introducing a topic.

  5. Really liked this post Maha, thanks! your examples very clearly show the connection between cultural and political: if your voice isn’t heard, how can you have a role in decision making?

  6. So glad I made some connections for you @Bali_Maha Learned so much from you too!

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