Social Justice

Quarterly journal provides articles on international dimensions of power, inequality and injustice through focusing on globalization, human and civil rights, immigration issues, social policies affecting welfare and education, ethnic and gender relations and environmental victims.

Articles from Vol. 23, No. 4, Winter

An Environmental Victimology
Introduction I do not want to be a victim, and all steps should be taken to guard against my victimization. If I am a victim, I want all available help, and expect government, industry, and community to come to my aid. I do not want to be...
Charter of Rights against Industrial Hazards: Permanent Peoples' Tribunal on Industrial Hazards and Human Rights
Preamble The Permanent People's Tribunal on Industrial Hazards and Human Rights, Having convened four Sessions in New Haven, Bangkok, Bhopal, and London since 1991 to receive testimony and deliberate on issues relating to the right to life, occupational...
Ecocide, Industrial Chemical Contamination, and the Corporate Profit Imperative: The Case of Bougainville
The Spirit of the Land IN THE BEGINNING THERE WAS HARMONY, A RESONANCE, BETWEEN OURSELVES, nature, and the earth from whence we come and will return. Like a gentle mother, she gave us nourishment and protection. Her forests gave us shelter from...
Environmental Security and Displaced People in Southern Africa
What Is Unique About South Africa? SOUTH AFRICA IS OFTEN DESCRIBED AS A DOMINANT COUNTRY IN THE AFRICAN continent, a "world in one country," and the country with the highest level of inequality (for the latter, see, e.g., Wilson and Ramphele, 1989:...
Environmental Victims and State Sovereignty: A Normative Analysis
Introduction TODAY'S WORLD IS CHARACTERIZED BY DRAMATIC INSTANCES OF PEOPLE BEING poisoned by radiation (Chernobyl in the Ukraine), deadly industrial gases (Bhopal in India), industrial pollution of water (Minamata Bay in Japan), and toxic land-dumps...
Environmental Victims: An Introduction
Icky oil all over our feet Black waters Our food has run away Plants have gone bad ... IN THESE FEW WORDS FROM HER POEM, THE DISGRACE OF SHELL OIL (SEE p. 10), EIGHT-year-old Mali McGee presents the paradigm of environmental victimization...
Final Statement to the Tribunal
MY LORD, WE ALL STAND BEFORE HISTORY. I AM A MAN OF PEACE, OF IDEAS. Appalled by the denigrating poverty of my people who live on a richly endowed land, distressed by their political marginalization and economic strangulation, angered by the devastation...
Good Neighbor Agreements: A Tool for Environmental and Social Justice
Introduction A COMMUNITY IS--WITHIN LIMITS--THE MASTER OF ITS OWN ENVIRONMENT AND economy (Schad v. Borough of Mount Ephraim, 101 S.Ct. 2176 [1981]). Today, however, communities face a dilemma: all too frequently, the drive for economic welfare...
Introduction to the Charter of Rights against Industrial Hazards: For Communities, Workers, and Protection of Their Environment
THE WORLD HAS NOW ACQUIRED AMPLE EXPERIENCE OF INDUSTRIAL AND ENVIRON mental hazards. Lessons must be learned from these experiences so that those who have died and suffered will not have done so entirely in vain. So judged the Third Tribunal on Industrial...
Mario Savio, the Heart of an Activist
"PUT YOUR BODIES UPON THE GEARS AND UPON THE WHEELS, UPON THE LEVERS." THIS was the exhilarating message that I heard in the winter of 1964, a recently arrived graduate student fleeing from the stifling conformity of Oxford University. With thousands...
Poetry in Honor of Ken Saro-Wiwa
ON NOVEMBER 10, 1995, TO THE OUTRAGE OF THE INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS community, Nigerian writer and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa was hanged in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, along with eight other members of the grass-roots environmental and political organization...
Publications Received
Anner, John (ed.) 1996 Beyond Identity Politics: Emerging Social Justice Movements in Communities of Color. Boston: South End Press. Asheroft, Bill, Gareth Griffiths, and Helen Tiffin (eds.) 1995 The Post-Colonial Studies Reader. London: Routledge....
Reflections on Environmental Justice: Children as Victims and Actors
IN RADICAL ECOLOGY, CAROLYN MERCHANT (1992) ARGUES FORCEFULLY THAT THE modern world's dominant norms of production, social relations, and ideology are resulting in an accumulation of ecological stresses on the air, water, soil, and diverse life forms,...
The Anthropology of Oil: The Impact of the Oil Industry on a Fishing Community in the Niger Delta
Introduction THE AIM OF THIS ARTICLE IS TO EXAMINE, WITH SOME PARTICULARITY, THE IMPACT of oil upon the lives of people in a small fishing community in the Niger Delta. (1) It is hoped that this data will contribute to the scarce literature available...
The Movement in Bhopal and Its Lessons
Introduction AS A PARTICIPANT-OBSERVER IN THE STRUGGLE OF SURVIVORS OF THE BHOPAL disaster, I wish to consider its successes and failures over the last 10 years. This stocktaking is intended mainly to arrive at a general understanding of the initiatives...
The Occupational Health Needs of Workers: The Need for a New International Approach
WORKERS REPRESENT AN IMPORTANT GROUP IN A POPULATION. IF, AS THE U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights declares, all people have a right to the highest level of health attainable, then surely the health of those who produce all valued products...