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. 40, No. 1-2, Spring-Summer

1977, Bologna to San Francisco
IT WAS INDEED A PLEASURE TO BE PART OF THE SEMINAR HELD BY TONY AND JONATHAN in the Fall of 2012 in Berkeley. It was a way--and what way!--to go back in time to when I first arrived in Berkeley in the Fall of 1977. As for all migrants, there were "push"...
A Garrison State in "Democratic" Society
I. THIS ARTICLE REPORTS ON A STUDY OF POLICE OFFICERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF duty and civilians killed by the police. The study was originated in 1971 in reaction to news reporting on the several mass media outlets at the local and national levels,...
Any Woman's Blues: A Critical Overview of Women, Crime, and the Criminal Justice System
I. Introduction The changing nature of women's position in the workforce and in the family has given rise to a new set of issues concerning women's participation in crime. Among these are increasing rates of and fluctuating patterns in women's offenses,...
A Radical Need for Criminology
Our reality was not supposed to be this future --(signed) the 70s (1) Introduction: A Basic Course in Time Travel IN THE FALL OF 2012, I JOINED WITH TONY PLATT AND NEARLY 30 UC BERKELEY AND San Jose State University graduate students in a course...
A Spectre Is Haunting Law and Society: Revisiting Radical Criminology at UC Berkeley
The task has been to study the historical relationship between criminal law and economics, the history of class struggle, and to utilize these interrelationships to analyze the present prison system. --Georg Rusche, Labor Market and Penal Sanction...
Defenders of Order or Guardians of Human Rights?
CRIME, MOST MODERN SOCIOLOGISTS AGREE, IS BEHAVIOR THAT IS DEFINED BY THE legal codes and sanctioned by the institutions of criminal justice. It is generally agreed, moreover, that the legal definitions of crime and the criminal are ultimate standards...
Editorial: Berkeley's School of Criminology, 1950-1976
History and Background Berkeley's School of Criminology has closed down and it is time to summarize our experience and move on. The history of the School, as we have previously pointed out,' is by no means a chronicle of progressivism. Founded under...
Editor's Introduction: Legacies of Radical Criminology in the United States
In November 2010, Jonathan Simon gave a talk, "Gimme Shelter: The 'Fear Years' of the 1970s and the Rise of Incapacitation as the Central Purpose of Imprisonment in California," at the University of Edinburgh's Law School in Scotland. Though we live...
From the Editorial Board
We are very proud to release this special issue celebrating the first 40 years of Social Justice. As you will read in Tony Platt's introduction, the occasion for this issue was a seminar held at UC Berkeley that revisited the legacies of radical criminology,...
Georg Rusche and Otto Kirchheimer: Punishment and Social Structure
I. PUNISHMENT AND SOCIAL STRUCTURE WAS MAINLY THE CONCEPTION OF GEORG Rusche, one of its two authors. In order to shed some light on the quite knotted origins of this book, it is necessary to begin with a biographical account of Rusche, the less-known...
Intellectuals for Law and Order: A Critique of the New "Realists"
Introduction Crime will always remain with us, just as fires will be with us, or weeds.... Those less favored by nature or society are more tempted to violate laws and therefore suffer punishment for doing so more often.... There has been a worldwide...
Interview with Angela Davis
Tony Platt (TP): First of all I want to thank you and I appreciate the fact that you made the time to be here. I think you know this is a group of people from several different countries. We have people from graduate programs in law, sociology, social...
Karl Marx, the Theft of Wood, and Working-Class Composition: A Contribution to the Current Debate
I. The international working-class offensive of the 1960s threw the social sciences into a crisis from which they have not yet recovered. The offensive was launched in precisely those parts of the working class that capital had formerly attempted...
Labor Market and Penal Sanction: Thoughts on the Sociology of Criminal Justice
Editors' Introduction The following English translation of Georg Rusche's "Arbeitsmarkt und Strafvolzug " (1933) appears in print for the first time in Crime and Social Justice. Originally submitted as a research proposal to the Frankfurt Institute...
Reform or Revolution: Thoughts on Liberal and Radical Criminologies
THE COURSE TAUGHT JOINTLY BY JONATHAN SIMON AND TONY PLATT AT UC BERKELEY in the Fall of 2012 constitutes a rather exceptional scholarly and pedagogical enterprise. Attractively titled From Community Control to Mass Incarceration, the course soon developed...
"Street" Crime: A View from the Left
According to survey after survey, "street" crime ranks as one of the most serious problems in working-class communities. In 1948.only 4 percent of the population felt that crime was their community's worst problem. By 1972, according to a Gallup Poll,...
The San Quentin Six Case: Perspective and Analysis
Introduction On August 12, 1976, almost five years exactly from the day George Jackson was killed (August 21, 1971), a mixed verdict was delivered by the jury after the 16-month-long trial of the San Quentin Six (SQ6). The six black and Latino prisoners--Johnny...
Two Interviews with Ericka Huggins
The first part of the interview was conducted by Tony Platt on the UC Berkeley campus on November 19, 2013, in the context of the seminar featured in this issue. The second part is an excerpt from an interview conducted by Cecilia O'Leary in Oakland...