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. 27, No. 3, Fall

American Radical Traditions in Conference Organizing
CS: I want to talk with you about the role of conferences in building movements. Could you speak about what roles conferences played in earlier historical periods in the U.S.? Do you see similarities between these events in different periods and movements?...
Crime as Social Control
IS CRIME PROTO-REVOLUTIONARY -- A PRE-POLITICAL FORM OF REBELLION? OR IS crime a form of social control? Is it the "auto-repression" of communities that have throughout history rebelled in organized and unorganized ways? It is often alleged that during...
Maximum Security
THE TERM "MAXIMUM SECURITY," USED IN THE CONTEXT OF THE PRISON SYSTEM, is an oxymoron. Jails, prisons, and other "correctional" facilities provide no real security for communities, guards and other prison officials, or inmates. Imprisoning two million...
Opening Up Borderland Studies: A Review of U.S.-Mexico Border Militarization Discourse
Until lions have their own historians, histories of the hunt will glorify the hunter. African proverb Introduction: The Border Patrol's "Battle Plan" en la Frontera [1] ON MAY 20, 1997, CLEMENTE BANUELOS, A U.S. MARINE ON AN ANTIDRUG operation,...
Overview: Critical Resistance to the Prison-Industrial Complex
THE STATISTICS ARE BY NOW WELL KNOWN. THEY ARE, HOWEVER, NO LESS shocking. THE United States, with five percent of the world's population, incarcerates 25% of the world's prisoners. Since 1990, the prison population in the U.S. has doubled, reaching...
Policing the Rez: Keeping No Peace in Indian Country
watching our blood its journey into plasma bags laying still on tables hearing the coughs and restless movements of people bleeding for some dollars that send us out again able to face looking for something this deep ...
Political Surveillance, State Repression, and Class Resistance: The Puerto Rican Experience
PERHAPS THE MOST NOTICEABLE FEATURE OF THE WAY IN WHICH THE U.S. MEDIA deal With Puerto Rico is the obvious and profound lack of familiarity With, and concern about, the issues affecting this Caribbean island. To talk about Puerto Rico in the mainstream...
Prison Psychosis
Introductory Comment THE PSYCHIATRIST IS SUPPOSED TO BE THE EXPERT ON PSYCHOSIS AND OTHER FORMS of menu illness in prison. Psychiatrists do know how to make a diagnosis: hallucinations and delusions suggest schizophrenia, whereas extreme mood cycles...
Prisons, Social Control, and Political Prisoners
INCREASINGLY, THE GLOBALIZATION OF MARKETS AND PROFIT SEEKING HAS PRESSED U.S. prisons to become profit-generating enterprises -- hence, the prison-industrial complex. Nevertheless, prisons also continue to serve their main purpose: to warehouse and...
Reflections on Crime and Class
WALK AROUND TOWN IN ANY MAJOR U.S. CITY TODAY AND ONE CAN'T HELP BUT notice the huge and seemingly growing number of homeless people living on the streets. This sight is particularly unnerving to me, a modern-day Rip Van Winkle. I went into prison...
Reflections on Critical Resistance
Four members of the Critical Resistance (CR) conference organizing committee reflect on the conference and its aftermath. CR: When you initially became involved with the CR organizing committee, what were you envisioning for the three-day event?...
Reflections on Inside/Out Organizing
AS PRISON ACTIVISTS, WE KNOW A LOT ABOUT MEN IN PRISON, BUT MUCH LESS about women. There are far fewer incarcerated women, and they are seldom in the news. My purpose here is to briefly reflect on certain events during three decades of prisoners' rights...
Slavery and Prison -- Understanding the Connections
"I'M BEGINNING TO BELIEVE THAT 'U.S.A.' STANDS FOR THE UNDERPRIVILEGED Slaves of America" (Esposito and Wood, 1982: 149), wrote a 20th-century prisoner from Mississippi in a letter detailing the daily violence he witnessed behind prison walls. His...
The Challenge of Prison Abolition: A Conversation
Dylan: Your emergence as a radical prison activist was deeply influenced by your experience as a prisoner. Could you talk a bit about how imprisonment affected your political formation, and the impact that it had on your eventual identification as...
The Cultural Commodification of Prisons
POP CULTURE IS ABOUT ACCULTURATION MORE THAN IT IS ABOUT CULTURE. IT IS about defining the norms and parameters of society. More than 100 years ago, Karl Marx wrote about capitalism's ability to turn everything into a commodity. Commodities are items,...
The History of Critical Resistance
CRITICAL RESISTANCE (CR) WAS FORMED IN 1997 WHEN ACTIVISTS CHALLENGING the idea that incarceration is the panacea for all of our social ills came together to organize a conference that examined and challenged the phenomenon we have come to call the...
The Industry of Fear
As CALIFORNIA GOES, IT IS SAID, SO GOES THE NATION. THE NATION, THEREFORE, must be leaping headlong into an explosion of prison construction, into the development of control units, and into the expansion of what has rightly been termed the prison-industrial...
The Role of the Immigration and Naturalization Service in the Prison-Industrial Complex
Introduction THE UNMISTAKABLE FEATURE OF THE IMMIGRATION AND NATURALIZATION SERVICE (INS) over the past two decades is that it has downplayed its mission of social service (i.e., assisting undocumented immigrants in their pursuit of naturalization),...
This Is an Illogical Statement: Dangerous Trends in Anti-Prison Activism [1]
R RECENTLY, A MOVEMENT CALLED "SCHOOLS NOT JAILS" HAS DOMINATED MUCH OF the popular discourse surrounding the alarming rise of incarcerated peoples in America. I would like to discuss, in general terms, some of the problems that this movement poses...
Transatlantic Visions: Resisting the Globalization of Mass Incarceration
I got in an accident and I wasn't able to work. I was in a hospital for three months and then I was in a therapy center for another month and a half. So I went through a lot of hassle, I had applied for disability, and I was on my first appeal against...
Urban Pedagogies and the Ceiling of Adolescents of Color
Introduction MUCH ATTENTION IN RECENT YEARS HAS FOCUSED ON THE POSSIBLE RELATIONship between student performance in urban public schools and the expansion of the prison-industrial complex. Both liberal and conservative observers seem to generally...
Women Prisoners on the Cutting Edge: Development of the Activist Women's Prisoners' Rights Movement
Introduction SOMETHING HAPPENED TO THE PRISONERS' RIGHTS MOVEMENT FROM 1975 TO THE 1990s. Women happened. Over the past 25 years, inside and outside of prison, in progressive organizations and in more mainstream efforts, in adult prisons and juvenile...
Yell Real Loud: HIV-Positive Women Prisoners Challenge Constructions of Justice
Society works backwards a lot. It lets your dad send you to school with black eyes and your husband lock you up in an institution when you're fourteen because he's leaving town and doesn't trust you. But society wants you to live up to its rules.......
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