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 Spring-Summer

A Report from the United Nations World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Related Intolerance, Durban, South Africa, 2001
Summary THE UNITED NATIONS CONVENED THE RACISM CONFERENCE AS THE GLOBAL FORUM in which member states would at last commit to remedying and ultimately eliminating racism and related violations. (1) This report starts and ends with a discussion...
"Attac": A Global Social Movement?
THE STUDY OF SOCIAL MOVEMENTS IS EXPERIENCING A SIGNIFICANT REVIVAL DUE TO the increasing frequency of protest across the world and to its novel international character. The emergence of "anti-globalization movements," as they are now described,...
Crime and Justice in American Indian Communities
IN THE LATE 15TH AND 16TH CENTURIES, WESTERN IMPERIALISTS CAME INTO CONTACT with indigenous cultures in South and North America whose labors could be exploited and whose natural resources were coveted as prolific sources of economic value (Snipp,...
Environmental Crime and Pollution: Wasteful Reflections (1)
The history of men is reflected in the history of sewers.... Crime, intelligence, social protest, freedom of conscience, thought, theft, all that human laws prosecuted or have prosecuted was hidden in this pit. -- Victor Hugo, Les Miserables ...
Environmental Harm and the Political Economy of Consumption
Introduction THIS ARTICLE ARGUES THAT ADEQUATE STUDY OF ENVIRONMENTAL HARM MUST proceed from sustained analysis of the basic institutions and structures of contemporary capitalism. The central question at the core of environmental degradation...
Expansion of Police Power in Public Schools and the Vanishing Rights of Students
Look inside a high school, and you are looking in a mirror, under bright lights. How we treat our children, what they see and learn from us, tell us what is healthy and what is sick--and more about who we are than we may want to know (Gibbs, 1999)....
For Their Own Good: Benevolent Rhetoric and Exclusionary Language in Public Officials' Discourse on Immigrant-Related Issues
As EDELMAN (1984a: 25) OBSERVES, OFFICIAL CUES ARE A KEY INFLUENCE IN public opinion on social issues. Public officials' discourse on immigrant related issues can thus powerfully affect the lives of immigrants. The debate over immigration in print...
Overview: Globalization and Environmental Harm
The people running the United States government are from the energy industry. -- Fredrick D. Palmer (executive vice president of external affairs for Peabody Energy, the world's largest coal company) If I was a porpoise, I'd say it's time to retain...
Prisoners of War: Black Female Incarceration at the End of the 1980s
IN THE WORDS OF THE U.S. BUREAU OF JUSTICE STATISTICS, THE PAST TWO DECADES have witnessed an "incredible increase in incarceration rates..." (Chaiken, 2000: 5). As Chaiken notes, the incarceration rate has "more than quadrupled" since 1975. Even...
Resisting Toxic Militarism: Vieques versus the U.S. Navy
ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE ACTIVISTS AND SCHOLARS HAVE FREQUENTLY CONdemned toxic capitalism's poisoning of communities of color as criminal in nature (Simon, 2000). However, rarely is their critique specifically directed at the United States military....
Social Justice Salutes Beverly Axelrod
BEVERLY AXELROD, ONE OF THE NATION'S MOST EXTRAORDINARY CIVIL RIGHTS and social justice attorneys, died on June 19, 2002, of emphysema at her home in Pacifica, California, at the age of 78. Ms. Axelrod, who graduated from Brooklyn Law School when...
Sustainability -- Long View or Long Word?
Introduction THERE IS AN ONGOING NEED IN THEORETICAL ENVIRONMENTALISM TO TAKE A LOOK into the bright corona of concepts and assumptions that surround the term "sustainability" and to examine the key issues governing its expression in mainstream...
The World Bank and Crimes of Globalization: A Case Study
Introduction THE BASIC ISSUE ADDRESSED IN THIS ARTICLE CAN BE CONCISELY STATED: ARE THE policies and practices of an international financial institution (the World Bank), arising in the context of an accelerated globalization, usefully characterized...