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. 34, No. 1, Spring

Editors' Introduction: Art, Identity, and Social Justice
THIS ISSUE OF SOCIAL JUSTICE IS THE SECOND OF TWO ON THE TOPIC THAT SEEKS TO uncover the tangled relationship between art and social change. Following the tremendous number of submissions to the first issue (Vol. 33, No. 2) on Art, Power, and Social...
Hybridity as a Strategy for Self-Determination in Contemporary American Indian Art
IN HER ESSAY TITLED "'BORDER' STUDIES" THE INTERSECTION OF GENDER AND COLOR," Paula Gunn Allen (Laguna Pueblo/Sioux/Lebanese) describes the road to self-determination for oppressed peoples: "The way to liberation from oppression is to focus on one's...
Navigating the Labyrinth of Silence: Feminist Artists in Mexico
But how can we agree to let [woman] express herself when our whole way of life is a mask designed to hide our intimate feelings?--Octavio Paz, The Labyrinth of Solitude Women's writing and women's art, like women's knowledge, begins to articulate...
Postcards in the Porfirian Imaginary
BY STUDYING THE POSTCARD DURING THE DICTATORSHIP OF PORFIRIO DIAZ, A PERIOD know n in Mexico as the Porfiriato (1877-1911), (2) I will attempt to reveal the ways in which the mass production of a series of celebrated representations of Mexicanness...
Post-Pomo Hip-Hop Homos: Hip-Hop Art, Gay Rappers, and Social Change
WHEN DEEP DICK COLLECTIVE ASKED ME TO MEET THEM AT THE BERKELEY-ASHBY BART subway station near the drumming circle at the Flea Market, I thought it would be next to impossible to conduct an interview for my research on popular art and social change,...
Staging Activism: New York City Performing Artists as Cultural Workers
TO EXAMINE THE IMPACT OF ARTISTS AND CULTURAL WORKERS WHO ARE influencing social change, I might start by asking: What if as a middle-class, queer, white girl growing up in the United States, I had learned about the fluid and transformational nature...
The Art of Empathy: Employing the Arts in Social Inquiry with Poor, Working-Class Women
Pretty Normal Day There's cat litter on the kitchen floor a roller skate next to a fingerprinted door, crumpled cornflake crumbs in the video player, and a suspect yellow puddle right near the potty. I can't put used cups ...
The Art of Social Justice
The purpose is to show the working class that art and artists are not strangers to it; that some artists faithfully fight beside them ... trying always to put their creative capacity at the service of the people. Thus, the workers can also realize...
Theater in the Bush: Art, Politics, and Community in the Bahamas
There is no fight for culture which can develop apart from the popular struggle.--Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth Liberation is a praxis: the action and reflection of men and women upon their world in order to transform it.--Paulo Friere,...
The Women Artists' Cooperative Space as a Site for Social Change: Artemisia Gallery, Chicago (1973-1979)
FEMINIST CRITIC LAURA COTTINGHAM'S ASSESSMENT OF WOMEN ARTISTS' COOPERATIVES provides two key reasons why the history of these spaces is marginalized and their activist agendas have been historically undervalued. Cottingham (2000:31) commented: ...
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