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. 30, No. 3, Fall

Bowling for Columbine: Critically Interrogating the Industry of Fear
... the monopoly of legitimate symbolic violence [is] the power to impose the arbitrary instruments of knowledge and expressions of social reality ... (cited in Bourdieu, 1991: 168). THE LEGITIMIZATION OF VIOLENCE, BOTH MATERIAL AND SYMBOLIC, VIA...
Critical Resistance-Incite! Statement on Gender Violence and the Prison-Industrial Complex
Critical Resistance and Incite! WE CALL ON SOCIAL JUSTICE MOVEMENTS TO DEVELOP STRATEGIES AND ANALYSIS that address both state and interpersonal violence, particularly violence against women. (1) Currently, activists/movements that address state...
Defending the Pueblo: Indigenous Identity and Struggles for Social Justice in Guatemala, 1970 to 1980
They have not a piece of earth to live on and ... were demanding their rights to what truly belongs to them, their lands.... For this they have been killed.... Tomorrow it could be us, verdad? -- Candidate for indigenous beauty queen, June 1978,...
In Defense of Good Work: Jobs, Violence, and the Ethical Dimension
Without work, all life goes rotten, but when work is soulless, life stifles and dies.--Albert Camus ON JANUARY 29, 2002, PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH DELIVERED STATE OF THE Union Address to Congress. One of his key messages was the importance of employment...
Learning to Kill by Proxy: Colombian Paramilitaries and the Legacy of Central American Death Squads, Contras, and Civil Patrols
Introduction IN THE 1980s, WARS RAGED IN CENTRAL AMERICA. IN NICARAGUA, THE UNITED States waged a proxy war against the Sandinista government with the U.S.-backed Contras (see Brody, 1985). Salvadoran and Guatemalan death squads, begun by the United...
Legitimacy and Political Violence: A Habermasian Perspective
HIGHLY CONTENTIOUS ISSUES EMERGE IN CONNECTION WITH POLITICAL VIOLENCE; among these are the innocence of victims, political obligation, as well as rights and rights violations. This article attempts to deal with the issue of legitimacy as that issue...
Mapping Political Violence in a Globalized World: The Case of Hindu Nationalism
A Gujarat Gaurav Rath Yatra on the streets of New York City? This is the suggestion given to [Gujarat's] Chief Minister, Narendra Modi, by Non-Resident Gujaratis [NRGs] settled in the United States.... The president-elect of the Indian American Forum...
Overview: The Intersection of Ideologies of Violence
THIS ISSUE OF SOCIAL JUSTICE SEEKS TO EXPLAIN VIOLENCE AT THE LOCAL AND global levels, as well as its simultaneous manifestations in society's structural, material, cultural, and political spheres. Violence is a social issue that springs from a wide...
The False Allure of Security Technologies
THE SECURITY INDUSTRY TRADE MAGAZINE, AMERICAN SCHOOLAND UNIVERSITY, BEGAN an article about school safety with the following real-life scenario (Kennedy, 2001): As students were enjoying recess on the playground in the Plano Independent School...
The Imagination to Listen: Reflections on a Decade of Zapatista Struggle
In the poetics of struggle and lived experience, in the utterances of ordinary folk, we discover the many different cognitive maps of the future, of the world not yet born. --Robin Kelley, Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination ON JANUARY...
The Racial Economies of Criminalization, Immigration, and Policing in Italy
OVER THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS, EUROPE HAS MOVED TOWARD MORE REPRESSIVE immigration laws and strict enforcement measures. The intensifying policing of national borders has created state-sanctioned practices of targeting particular immigrant groups, especially...
Toward a Holistic Anti-Violence Agenda: Women of Color as Radical Bridge-Builders
THE PUBLICATION OF THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF THIS BRIDGE CALLED MY Back was a cause for celebration and reflection among women of color in the U.S. (Moraga and Anzaldua, 2002). First printed in 1982, the bridge metaphor captured the challenges...
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