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. 32, No. 1, Spring

Deep Structures of Empire: A Note on Imperial Machines and Bodies
The "Biological Culture" of Empire IN A RECENT, PAPER, NIKOLAS ROUSE (2000) APTLY SHOWED HOW OVER THE PAST FEW decades a biological culture seems to have emerged and developed in the wake of neoliberalism. Indeed, as Rose demonstrates, in an age...
Extremes of Otherness: Media Images of Social Exclusion
Introduction WE APPEAR TO LIVE IN A TIME OF UNPRECEDENTED CONCERN ABOUT CRIME, AN age in which narratives of "individual" causes of "social decline" are endlessly and cyclically reproduced in the media. One of the most prevalent messages--imparted...
From Santander to Camilo and Che: Graffiti and Resistance in Contemporary Colombia
Introduction IN AN ANALYSIS OF CULTURAL CRIMINOLOGY, JEFF FERRELL (1993) HAS SHOWN HOW graffiti and wall painting have emerged as an accepted and structural media system. Ferrell explores the export of graffiti from the U.S. around the world and...
Imagining Terrorism: Terrorism and Anti-Terrorism Terrorism, Two Ways of Doing Evil
IMPLICIT IN THE IDEA OF TERRORISM IS THE CONTRAST WITH WHAT IS SEEN AS NORMAL patterns of war hinged with the notion that terrorism itself has become the major justification for war. The conventional notion of terrorism carries with it a simple dualism...
Imagining the Crime Victim: The Rhetoric of Victimhood as a Source of Oppression
Introduction IT IS NOW COMMONPLACE TO DISCUSS THE CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL CONDITION BY reference to the risk society thesis. In the view of some commentators, the contemporary condition transcends questions of risk in favor of a discourse that embraces...
Introduction and Editorial Overview: Emerging Imaginaries of Regulation, Control, and Oppression
IN AN AGE OF TRANSITION, SUCH AS OURS, THE ROLE OF THE IMAGINARY IN THE production and reproduction of social order is becoming ever more important. In The Time of the Tribes (1996), Michel Maffesoli clearly demonstrates that our age is one of transition....
Negotiating Metropolitan Spaces and Identities: A Historian's Reading of Tactics in 1920's New York Homicide Trials
Introduction THE RECURRENT ASSOCIATION OF THE IMMIGRANT WITH CRIME (E.G., THE LAZY, criminal Albanian in 1990's Greece, or the homicidal Latino in Florida) has been questioned by researchers who have elucidated the institutional and cultural processes...
New Arrivals: Participatory Action Research, Imagined Communities, and "Visions" of Social Justice
THIS ARTICLE EXPLORES THEMES OF SOCIAL JUSTICE IN RELATION TO GLOBAL REFUGEES and the asylum-migration nexus by drawing upon a participatory action research (PAR) project recently completed in the United Kingdom (U.K.). The research sought to explore...
Radgies, Gangstas, and Mugs: Imaginary Criminal Identities in the Twilight of the Pseudo-Pacification Process
A Note on Lower-Class Masculinities, Criminality, and the Media Industry THOUGH THE IDEA OF A "CRISIS OF MASCULINITY" MIGHT BE A HASTY EXPLANATION of the problems experienced by males in today's radically altering world (Beynon, 2002), there is...
"That Heavy Machine": Reprising the Colonial Apparatus in 21st-Century Social Control
SVEN LINDQVIST (2002: 102) WRITES OF THE 19TH CENTURY AS A TIME "WHEN IT was still regarded as more natural to burn down a village than to undress in public." (1) The patterns of thought that allowed for such brutality and prudence have returned to...
The Feminization of the Corporation, the Masculinization of the State
UNDER THE IMPACT OF FEMINISM, THE WESTERN GENDER ORDER HAS IN RECENT decades been on the move. In the process, bastions of male power and privilege have been held to account and women have successfully fought for and gained access to the sites of privilege...
We Have Never Been Liberal-Bourgeois Identity and the Criminal(ized) Other
Divorced from both the site and the experience of material production, separated by virtue of the mystified opacity of our own professional codes from the real systemic function of the reproductive functions we serve, what appears around us in our...