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. 28, No. 3, Fall

America's Jihad: A History of Origins
AS I WRITE, NEW YORK STILL SMOLDERS, A MASSIVE ROUNDUP OF MIDDLE Eastern immigrants is underway, and Afghanistan is being carpet-bombed with fuel-air ordinances know as "daisy cutters" -- the most powerful weapons next to tactical nukes. To understand...
An Alternative Vision: Criminal Justice Developments in Non-Western Countries
But you see, the other thing is that, I think, lurking behind your question, is the concept of justice. Now you say, everybody has got to be punished. Your concept of what constitutes justice is retributive justice. Now that's not the only kind of...
Bowling Alone, Policing Together
I envision a world where police are the public and the public are the police. -- Joseph Brann, Director of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) AMERICAN INTELLECTUALS ARE FASCINATED BY THE ISOLATION OF THEIR FELLOW citizens. A long line of...
Crimes against Capital: Discovering Theft of Time
Introduction: The Significance of Crime Creation (1) In America's one-sided class war, employers have taken to monitoring employees workplace behavior right down to the single computer keystroke or bathroom break (Ehrenreich, 2000: 88). Time...
Global Social Cleansing: Postliberal Revanchism and the Export of Zero Tolerance
"THIS IS A WAR AND WE ARE GOING TO ENJOY IT," ENTHUSED RAY MALLON, POLICE chief of the Cleveland District Constabulary in northern England, about his new anticrime initiative. Before his fall from grace in a criminal corruption case, Mellon was known...
License to Loot? A Critique of Follow-the-Money Methods in Crime Control Policy
Taken to the Cleaners? OVER THE LAST 1.5 YEARS, THERE HAS BEEN A QUIET REVOLUTION IN THE THEORY and practice of law enforcement. Instead of simply closing rackets that generate illegal income, the central objective has become to attack the flow...
Limitation of War and the Pursuit of Justice
Are we seeing the signs of splits among American economic and political elites? Parts of the military are banging the drums, so too the Right, and defense contractors. But the full page, corporate ads in places like the New York Times do not call us...
Overview: Law, Order, and Neoliberalism
THE ESSAYS PRESENTED IN THIS ISSUE OF SOCIAL JUSTICE WERE COMMISSIONED AND completed before September 11. At the time, the U.S. prison population had topped two million, police jurisdictions were under intense scrutiny for racial profiling, and a debate...
Pledging Allegiance: The Revival of Prescriptive Patriotism
IN A MATTER OF A FEW MONTHS, WE HAVE WITNESSED FAR-REACHING CHANGES IN American global doctrines, the domestic economy and politics of government, and national security and criminal justice. Our focus in this essay is on shifts in the cultural politics...
Side by Side: Neoliberalism and Crime Control in Post-Apartheid South Africa
Little else is requisite to carry a state to the highest degree of opulence from the lowest barbarism but peace, easy taxes, and tolerable administration of justice. -- Adam Smith Introduction AS SOUTH AFRICA EMERGED FROM APARTHEID, THE ECONOMIC...
Terrorism and Structural Violence
I AM A PROFESSOR IN THE SOCIOLOGY DEPARTMENT. ONE OF THE CLASSES I TEACH IS called "Violence in Society Today." On the first day of class, I always ask students to give examples of violent acts. Frequently they mention murder, rape, assault, and, more...
The Advent of the Penal State Is Not a Destiny
IN YOUR BOOK LES PRISONS DE LA MISERE (PRISONS OF POVERTY), (1) YOU DESCRIBE the shift taking place in advanced societies from the social-welfare management of poverty to its punitive management via the police, criminal justice system, and prisons....
The State Goes Home: Local Hyper-Vigilance of Children and the Global Retreat from Social Reproduction
IN AN EARLY SCENE IN THE TERMINATOR, THE CYBORGIAN ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER walks into an L.A. gun shop and asks to see the wares. The shopkeeper lays out Uzis, submachine guns, rocket launchers, and other sophisticated means of overkill, nervously understating,...
Violence, Inequality, and the "Civilized" World
THE TERRORIST VIOLENCE OF SEPTEMBER 11 WAS UNQUESTIONABLY HORRIFIC AND unjustifiable, but hardly unprecedented. Ever since its symbolic origins in 1492 -- when European Christians expelled Muslims and Jews from the Iberian Peninsula and launched their...

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