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. 23, No. 3, Fall

Are Immigration Controls Ethical?
Americans typically express their opinions about immigration with certainty and moral outrage. This article argues that many of us are in an ethically fraught position with respect to immigration, however. We have deeply held convictions about the equality...
Beyond Sovereignty: Immigration Policy Making Today
The interaction between the denationalizing of key economic institutions and spaces, on the one hand, and the renationalizing of politics on the other provides one of the main contexts for immigration policy and practice today. We see a growing consensus...
For an Immigration Policy Based on Human Rights
From the introduction of the original Simpson-Mazzoli Bill in the mid-1970s, the key provisions of U.S. anti-immigrant legislation have been directed at undocumented immigrants. After a decade and one-half of repeated efforts, the Immigration Reform...
Gender and International Labor Migration: A Networks Approach
Females have outnumbered males in legal immigration to the United States since the 1930s (Houston, Kramer, and Barrett, 1984), yet until recently issues of gender have received relatively scant attention in the cumulative body of research on migration....
Rethinking Immigration Policy and Citizenship in the Americas: A Regional Framework
The current debates over immigration policy, taking place from the halls of Congress to inner-city communities nationwide, raise some of the most profound issues of race, class, and politics facing the United States today. No less than the civil rights...
Riding the Endless Immigration Roller Coaster (a True Story)
My brother and I were trapped and hopeless, with the sensation that takes over after finding out that there is no mobility for you, even though you have all that it takes to keep moving. Quite often we pay no attention to life's daily routines, but on...
Right-Wing Politics and the Anti-Immigration Cause
In 1994, California Governor Pete Wilson revived his floundering reelection campaign by hitching his sails to the cause against illegal immigration. Both Wilson and the cause were big winners that year. California's Proposition 1987, designed to deny...
The Battle for the Border: Notes on Autonomous Migration, Transnational Communities, and the State
Introduction The global landscape in the late 20th century presents a dramatic socio-geographical picture: the movement across world regions of billions of capital investment dollars and of millions of people, and concerted attempts to facilitate the...
The Chinese Suburban Immigration and Political Diversity in Monterey Park, California
You're from Los Angeles? Isn't that near Monterey Park? - Heard in Taiwan With only eight square miles and a population of about 63,000, Monterey Park is one of 84 cities incorporated within the administratively fragmented County of Los Angeles (4,090...
The Immigration Crisis: Detention as an Emerging Mechanism of Social Control
Introduction As a result of worldwide political and economic shifts, immigration has emerged as an international problem affecting most Western nations. Indeed, immigration in the United States has increasingly become politicized at the national and...
Treacherous Waters in Turbulent Times: Navigating the Recent Sea Change in U.S. Immigration Policy and Attitudes
Setting the Stage America is a nation unlike any other. Each year scores of people around the world dream of coming to this country. Some come to be reunited with family, others to find new hope and new opportunity, and still others to escape religious...
U.S. Immigration and Intergroup Relations in the Late 20th Century: African Americans and Latinos
Introduction Various macro-structural forces are transforming the social composition of large U.S. urban areas in the late 20th century. As in other advanced Western societies, global economic restructuring and international migration are dramatically...
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