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. 21, No. 3, Fall

A Mass Psychology of Punishment: Crime and the Futility of Rationally Based Approaches
No, I'm not going to vote for Dinkins: I want a mayor who's going to be the mayor of all the people, not just the blacks and minorities who are committing all the crimes.... You voted for Jackson in the primary that time, didn't you? Yeah, you're always...
Between the Waves: Mass-Mediated Themes of Crime and Justice
Introduction To help clarify the relationship between media and social control - the interaction between the mass media, law enforcement bureaucracies, and popular culture - and to appreciate how the news media in particular construct and reconstruct...
Clinton, Crime, and the Justice Department
Ideological Confusion? In his influential book on criminal justice policy, Samuel Walker (1994:21) argues that crime policy in the 1990s is characterized by ideological confusion, with some liberals and conservatives crossing over on certain issues,...
Cruel and Unusual Punishment of the Mentally Ill in California's Prisons: A Case Study of a Class Action Suit
Introduction During the July 4, 1991, weekend three mentally ill prisoners at the California Medical Facility at Vacaville died within one 24-hour period. The cause of death was the same for all three prisoners - heatstroke. The heatstroke was caused...
Distorted by Fear: The Make Believe War on Crime
Fear of crime is palpable. Americans now rate crime as the most important public policy issue. Responding to the citizenry, politicians are rushing headlong toward massive investments hi more police and prisons. My goal is to evaluate these policies...
Don't Alter Your Mind - It's the World That's out of Joint!
Views on the use of "mind altering" drugs, particularly those listed as "prohibited substances," tend to be based more on feelings than on facts. Perspectives range from abhorrence to advocacy. For this reason I shall first quote from some historical...
Drugspeak and the Clinton Administration: A Lost Opportunity for Drug Policy Reform
Murray Edelman's influential work on symbolic politics recognizes the importance of language as "the key creator of the social worlds people experience, not a tool for describing objective reality" (1988: 103). Language games that construct and categorize...
Homeless Fatigue Syndrome: The Backlash against the Crime of Homelessness in the 1990s
I. Introduction The 1990s has given rise to increased immiseration among the poor. More families with children are joining the ranks of the homeless. Estimates of one-quarter to one-third of the homeless are suffering from some form of mental illness,...
Shackled Justice: Florence Federal Penitentiary and the New Politics of Punishment
"All of us share a common curse," bemoaned President Clinton as he urged the passage of his fledgling crime bill. "In the most wonderful country in the world, we have the highest violent crime rate, the largest percentage of our people behind bars" (Denver...
The Fragility of Criminal Justice Reform
Edging Toward Reform A criminal justice reformer assessing the political scene in the spring of 1993 would have been cautiously optimistic about the prospects for change. After 20 years of steadily increasing prison populations, some signs of a shift...
The Politics of Law and Order
We're Number One! Every politician running for office in the November elections recognized that law and order demagoguery was the ticket to success. Though the Republicans proved themselves tougher and nastier than Bill Clinton's New Democrats, as far...

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