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Fernando E. Gapasin

     Posted on: December 10, 2013

Local Union Transformation: Analyzing Issues of Race, Gender, Class and Democracy Fernando Gapasin demonstrates the interconnections between issues of race, gender, age, and politics. Successful union transformations and subsequent strategies require a rigorous examination of the intersection of race, gender, and class. To do this, union leaders must critically examine the ...

The Case for and Against Richard Aoki

     Posted on: September 17, 2012

by Tony Platt The blogs are full of charges and countercharges about journalist Seth Rosenfeld's claim (in his recent book, Subversives: The FBI's War on Student Radicals, and Reagan's Rise to Power and published articles) that Black Panther Party cadre Richard Aoki was a "paid FBI informer." Here are a few thoughts ...

The Víctor Jara Case: Justice in 2013?

     Posted on: February 12, 2013

by J. Patrice McSherry*   In 2012 and 2013 there have been important developments in the case of Víctor Jara, the beloved Chilean folk singer and songwriter who was tortured and killed in the Stadium of Chile after the 1973 military coup in that country. The murder of Jara was one of ...

Italian Elections, 2013: Novelty or Déjà Vu?

     Posted on: March 12, 2013

by Alessandro De Giorgi*   The results of the 2013 elections in Italy were shocking to most international observers. Expectations in the media had been that the center-left coalition would win a majority and steer the country along a path of economic austerity and budget conservatism that Mario Monti's technocratic government had ...

Margaret Thatcher

     Posted on: April 12, 2013

by Phil Scraton*   For years I anticipated my emotions and reaction to the day of Margaret Thatcher's death. I remember being in Liverpool's Royal Court at an Elvis Costello gig, knocked out by his Tramp the Dirt Down..., but this was at the height of the ferocious ideological and political activation ...

Mixed Messages: World War II and the Uses of Oral History

     Posted on: May 1, 2013

by Tony Platt* I have been teaching about the history of inequalities in the United States for more than forty years. I started off using oral histories in my curriculum when it was against the grain to do so. I still use them today, though to do so now has become ...

Confronting Prison Slave Labor Camps and Other Myths

     Posted on: August 28, 2013

 by James Kilgore* There are moments when our longings for social justice cloud our vision, times when the way we want the world to be blocks our understanding of the way things really are. A good example of this is the notion of the United States’ prison system as totally driven ...

Adiós Muchachos/as Compañeros/as de la Vida (Dispatch from Argentina #1)

     Posted on: November 23, 2013

by Laurie Coyle* * This is the first in a series of dispatches by filmmaker Laurie Coyle and Chicana activist and former political prisoner Olga Talamante documenting their current trip to Argentina. The occasion is the November 28, 2013, premiere of Observando al Observador (Watching the Watchman) in Buenos Aires. The daughter of Mexican ...

Dave Broad

     Posted on: December 10, 2013

New World Order Versus Just World Order Dave Broad briefly summarizes the political struggles of the post-World War II decades. In contrast to liberal and conservative theses promoted after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989 and the declaration of a New World Order that capitalism had triumphed and that ...

Imperial Obama: A Kinder, Gentler Empire?, Vol. 37:2-3, 2010

     Posted on: September 11, 2013

Robert P. Weiss and Gregory Shank, eds. Contributors to this issue of Social Justice offer a searing indictment of how continuity has triumphed over change in any assessment of the Obama administration vis-à-vis the Bush-Cheney era in terms of national security issues. Articles on torture, counterinsurgency tactics, and "just war" theory ...

Volker Eick

     Posted on: September 14, 2013

Germany's New "Security Architecture"? Long-Term Unemployed and Rent-a-CopsIn January 2005, Germany's Social Democratic-Green government introduced the Hartz Laws (Hartz IV). With this legislation, the long-term unemployed lost their insurance-based entitlements for unemployment benefits, which in turn were substituted by a fixed monthly amount of 359 euros and the requirement to ...

Ben Bowling and James Sheptycki

     Posted on: September 14, 2013

Policing GlobopolisThis article describes the global emergence of a new paradigm for urban policing, which the authors call "policing Globopolis." The chief characteristics of policing Globopolis are rhetorics based on "zero tolerance," neoliberal or "pluralized" and fragmented policing, and dependence on advanced technologies of surveillance and control. The aim of ...

Adalberto Aguirre, Jr., and Jennifer K. Simmers

     Posted on: September 14, 2013

The DREAM Act and Neoliberal Practice: Retrofitting Hispanic Immigrant Youth in US SocietyThis article illustrates the ways in which neoliberal ideology serves as a guiding strategy for the DREAM Act. Neoliberal ideology seeks to promote efficiency, increased productivity, and greater accountability in public education. The DREAM Act is used in ...

Michael Krause

     Posted on: September 14, 2013

Involving the Community in Youth Justice: "Naming and Shaming" and the Role of Local Citizen Courts in Britain and in the Former GDRSince the early 2000s, local authorities and police in Britain have had the right to "name and shame" children and young people as young as 10 years of ...

Jeremy H. Keenan

     Posted on: September 15, 2013

Review of The Counter-Counterinsurgency Manual: Or, Notes on Demilitarizing American SocietyThis brief piece reviews a pamphlet entitled The Counter-Counterinsurgency Manual. Written by the founders of the Network of Concerned Anthropologists, it is a rejoinder to the US Army and Marine Corps' 2007 Counterinsurgency Field Manual. Their critique focuses on the ...

Alisa Bierria

     Posted on: September 15, 2013

Where Them Bloggers At?Two weeks after reports came to light that singer Chris Brown had physically assaulted and abandoned his girlfriend, famous Barbadian pop star Rihanna, the popular celebrity blog TMZ released a close-up photo of Rihanna's face taken by the Los Angeles Police Department the night she was beaten. ...

Imperial Obama: A Kinder, Gentler Empire? , Vol. 37:2-3, 2010

     Posted on: September 15, 2013

Robert P. Weiss and Gregory Shank, eds. Contributors to this issue of Social Justice offer a searing indictment of how continuity has triumphed over change in any assessment of the Obama administration vis-à-vis the Bush-Cheney era in terms of national security issues. Articles on torture, counterinsurgency tactics, and "just war" theory ...

Jodie Michelle Lawston and Ruben R. Murillo

     Posted on: September 16, 2013

The Discursive Figuration of U.S. Supremacy in Narratives Sympathetic to Undocumented Immigrants This article analyzes four narrative types--a docu-film, a reality TV show, a nonfiction account, and a fictional short story--to illustrate how the immigration debate takes shape in mainstream liberal popular discourse. The authors argue that, despite their sympathetic portrayal ...

Shabnam Koirala-Azad

     Posted on: September 16, 2013

From Traitor to Collaborator: Nepali Social Action in the Context of Immigration, Transnationalism, and Diaspora Within the frameworks of immigration, globalization, and transnationalism, this article seeks to unravel new possibilities for social action within a Diaspora. By focusing on a group of Nepali transmigrants living in the San Francisco Bay Area, ...

Edward J. McCaughan

     Posted on: September 17, 2013

Navigating the Labyrinth of Silence: Feminist Artists in Mexico In the 1970s, two of the many new social movements to emerge in Mexico were the feminist movement and the "grupos" movement of politically oriented, conceptual art collectives. A core group of exceptionally talented feminist artists participated simultaneously in both movements. After ...

David Friedrichs

     Posted on: September 17, 2013

Transnational Crime and Global Criminology: Definitional, Typological and Contextual Conundrums The study of transnational crime calls for the development of useful theories, the undertaking of credible empirical investigations, and the formulation of constructive social policy. All of these initiatives are premised on the adoption of a range of key terms and ...

Raymond Michalowski

     Posted on: September 17, 2013

Border Militarization and Migrant Suffering: A Case of Transnational Social Injury Using observant-participation with humanitarian and social action organizations in the U.S. Border Patrol Tucson Sector, the article explores the human rights and socio-legal implications of immigration and border enforcement policies that, through commission and omission, result in preventable suffering and ...

Dave Whyte

     Posted on: September 17, 2013

Hire an American! Economic Tyranny and Corruption in Iraq This article explores the significance of an emerging global anti-corruption industry to the hegemonic ordering of the global economy. To illustrate the centrality of anti-corruption strategies to the emerging global economic order, this article develops a case study of counter-corruption rhetoric and ...

Mark Ungar

     Posted on: September 17, 2013

The Privatization of Citizen Security in Latin America: From Elite Guards to Neighborhood Vigilantes Record crime amid political democratization and economic neoliberalism has spurred an astronomical growth in private security throughout the world. After documenting the increase in private firms and discussing its causes in Latin America, the article shows the ...

Sue Trevaskes

     Posted on: September 17, 2013

The Private/Public Security Nexus in China This article explores the relationship between private and public security in the People's Republic of China (PRC). The system of private security provision is run by China's public security bureaus in county, city, and provincial jurisdictions. Private security in China, which began a contemporary life ...

Ute Lehrer and Andrea Winkler

     Posted on: September 17, 2013

Public or Private? The Pope Squat and Housing Struggles in Toronto When in the summer of 2002 the world's media attention was on Toronto due to the Pope's visit, the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) used this moment to draw attention to their fight against poverty and homelessness in Canada's largest ...

Chris Cunneen

     Posted on: September 17, 2013

Aboriginal Deaths in Custody: A Continuing Systematic Abuse This article demonstrates that the hundreds of recommendations from the 1991 Australian Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody have been ignored and thus failed to halt Aboriginal deaths in custody. The article examines five recent indigenous deaths in custody, demonstrating that the ...

Bernard Headley

     Posted on: September 17, 2013

Giving Critical Context to the Deportee Phenomenon Public opinion in the Caribbean has in recent years linked the region's soaring crime problem to waves of former emigrants being forcibly returned home from countries of the North--mainly Britain, Canada, and the United States. Select findings from a study of deportations to Jamaica ...

Todd Gordon

     Posted on: September 17, 2013

Neoliberalism, Racism, and the War on Drugs in Canada This article offers an antiracist class analysis of the contemporary war on drugs in Canada. It situates this war within the state’s historic role of imposing bourgeois order and discipline in immigrant communities. In the eyes of the state, drugs associated with ...

Emerging Imaginaries of Regulation, Control, and Repression, Vol. 32: 1, 2005

     Posted on: September 18, 2013

Ronnie Lippens and Tony Kearon, eds. In an age of transition, such as ours, the role of the imaginary in the production and reproduction of social order is becoming ever more important. In his The Time of the Tribes, the French sociologist Michel Maffesoli "the imaginary is increasingly granted a role ...

Waging War over Public Education and Youth Services: Challenging Corporate Control of Our Schools and Communities, Vol. 32: 3, 2005

     Posted on: September 18, 2013

Gilberto Arriaza, Emma Fuentes, and Susan Roberta Katz, eds. This issue of Social Justice, co-edited by Susan Roberta Katz (University of San Francisco), Gilberto Arriaza (San Jose State University), and Emma Fuentes (University of San Francisco), helps us comprehend the war being waged over public education and services for our communities, ...

Farid Samir Benavides-Vanegas

     Posted on: September 18, 2013

From Santander to Camilo and Che: Graffiti and Resistance in Contemporary Colombia This article reads political graffiti by Colombian students as deliberately un-named assemblages of resistance that -- unsigned, nameless, and hybrid -- seem to harbor a capacity to mobilize a wide variety of social grass-roots energy. The author examines the ...

Ronnie Lippens

     Posted on: September 18, 2013

Deep Structures of Empire: A Note on Imperial Machines and Bodies The article locates current neo-imperial imaginaries in a reconfiguration/re-imagining of the global "body politic." Starting from Hobbes, and analyzing and situating the increasing use of biological metaphors to implicitly and explicitly represent the neoliberal state and reconfigure the problems it ...

Donna Baines

     Posted on: September 18, 2013

Criminalizing the Care Work Zone? The Gendered Dynamics of Using Legal and Administrative Strategies to Confront Workplace Violence For care workers, workplace violence is dealt with in ways that reflect the restructuring of work and the welfare state, and the position of care work in the new, neoliberal, world order. Using ...

Stuart Tannock

     Posted on: September 18, 2013

Is "Opting Out" Really an Answer? Schools, Militarism, and the Counter-Recruitment Movement in Post-September 11 United States at War "Counter-recruitment" activism has been one of the most visible segments of the American antiwar movement during the U.S. occupation of Iraq. This article takes a critical look at counter-recruitment claims and tactics, ...

Michael Welch

     Posted on: September 19, 2013

Quiet Constructions in the War on Terror: Subjecting Asylum Seekers to Unnecessary DetentionThis article dwells on how asylum seekers entering the U.S. are being subjected to unnecessary detention in harsh conditions of confinement. The detention of asylum seekers suggests that certain aspects of the war on terror serve more to ...

Jokin Alberdi Bidaguren and Daniel Nina

     Posted on: September 19, 2013

Governability and Forms of Popular Justice in the New South Africa and Mozambique: Community Courts and VigilantismThis article analyzes problems of governability in the administration of justice in Mozambique and South Africa by exploring various experiences of popular justice that continue to exist in the new democratic contexts of these ...

The Intersection of Ideologies of Violence, Vol. 30: 3, 2003

     Posted on: September 20, 2013

Alberto Arenas, Gilberto Arriaza, and Victoria Sanford, eds. This issue explains violence at the local and global levels, as well as its manifestations in society's structural, material, cultural, and political spheres. Four central ideologies of violence discussed are patriarchal domination, white supremacy, religious fundamentalism, and savage competition and individualism, nurtured by ...

Randall Amster

     Posted on: September 20, 2013

Patterns of Exclusion: Sanitizing Space, Criminalizing Homelessness The author scrutinizes the systematic violation of the civil rights of homeless people, especially through criminalization and exclusionary policing practices in urban settings. Although the homeless as a class lack almost all indicia of societal power, posing no viable political, economic, or military threat ...

Barry Goetz and Roger Mitchell

     Posted on: September 20, 2013

Community-Building and Reintegrative Approaches to Community Policing: The Case of Drug Control The authors examine how different policing practices work to include or exclude socially marginal populations, in this case those with substance abuse and illicit drug use problems. In the venues studied, Norfolk, Virginia, and Baltimore, Maryland, such reintegrative programs ...

Cathleen Burnett

     Posted on: September 20, 2013

Passion Through the Profession: Being Both Activist and Academic Burnett makes an appeal, based on the author's personal experiences, to define the academic role as one that integrates activism and research in response to one's passion. The essay highlights the "academic profession as vocation" and illustrates how activism can shape and ...

Global Threats to Security, Vol. 29: 3, 2002

     Posted on: September 20, 2013

Robert M. Gould and Patrice Sutton, eds. This issue explores threats to the survival of the world community due to the assault on all forms of life from an interplay of toxic chemicals, ozone depletion, climate change, and habitat destruction. After the September 11 attacks on the United States, the global ...

Vincenzo Ruggiero

     Posted on: September 20, 2013

Attac: A Global Social Movement? Ruggiero's essay on Attac, an organizational acronym that in French stands for "Association for the taxation of financial transactions to help citizens" (in reference to the Tobin tax), addresses social movements attempting to counter hegemonic globalization. He argues that the term "globalization" has served mainly to ...

Cecilia Menjívar and Sang Kil

     Posted on: September 20, 2013

For Their Own Good: Benevolent Rhetoric and Exclusionary Language in Public Officials' Discourse on Immigrant-Related Issues Menjívar and Kil use media analysis to explore the subtle exclusionary language in U.S. public officials' discourse on immigrant-related issues. Their case studies, primarily of Latino immigrants, demonstrate how "liberal," benevolent rhetoric can disguise exclusionary ...

Garrett D. Brown

     Posted on: September 20, 2013

The Global Threats to Workers' Health and Safety on the Job Brown documents the daily violence of a "normally" functioning world economic order arrayed against workers and communities worldwide. The essay reviews the recent record of globalization in undermining the fundamental human right of every working person to be able to ...

Law, Order, and Neoliberalism, Vol. 28: 3, 2001

     Posted on: September 22, 2013

Philomena Mariani, ed. This issue on the antiterrorist state and articles solicited before September 11 in which contributors explore the relationship between neoliberalism and models of criminal justice, the political and ideological factors driving criminal justice policy in the United States, and the willingness of other countries to follow the United ...

Cindi Katz

     Posted on: September 22, 2013

The State Goes Home: Local Hypervigilance of Children and the Global Retreat from Social Reproduction Cindi Katz argues that neoliberalism and repressive social control appears to be a package deal, in which the poisonous rhetoric of criminalization and punishment legitimizes states that have reneged on their commitment to the social wage. ...

Laureen Snider

     Posted on: September 22, 2013

Crimes Against Capital: Discovering Theft of Time This article discusses the relationship of neoliberal law-and-order to corporate crime. Snider discusses a key aim of the neoliberal project: the disappearance of the crimes of capital -- as object of state regulation and sociological analysis -- and the defining of new crimes against ...

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     Posted on: September 25, 2013

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Penny J. Green and Tony Ward

     Posted on: September 25, 2013

State Crime, Human Rights, and the Limits of Criminology Authors Penny J. Green and Tony Ward suggest how criminology can remedy its neglect of the important phenomenon of state crime, without adopting such a broad definition of "crime" as to destroy the coherence of criminology as a distinct field. Their approach ...

Ben Carton

     Posted on: September 25, 2013

Unfinished Exorcism: The Legacy of Apartheid in Democratic Southern Africa In this first-person account of Namibia's transition from terror-based structures to more liberal-democratic one, Ben Carton notes that as Soviet influence was receding in Africa in 1989, Namibia, a country occupied by South Africa as a buffer against Marxist Angola, gained ...

R. Stanley Oden

     Posted on: September 25, 2013

The Crisis of U.S. Hegemony and the Black Liberation Movement: Rod Bush, We Are Not What We Seem Oden argues that Bush provides a theoretical framework that progressive forces can use to reach across race, class, and gender lines to create a counter-hegemonic bloc against the world capitalist order. Bush's book ...

Joe Sim

     Posted on: September 25, 2013

One Thousand Days of Degradation: New Labour and Old Compromises at the Turn of the Century Sim analyzes Britain's New Labour (N.L.) criminal justice policies, with particular scrutiny of how the government conceptualizes crime and punishment. He concludes by examining N.L.'s human rights commitment. Sim finds N.L.'s "third way" law-and-order strategy ...

25th Anniversary Commemoration, Vol. 26: 2, 1999

     Posted on: September 28, 2013

Gregory Shank, ed. Twenty-eight contributors offer short memoirs, reflections, or longer critiques that commemorate a quarter century of publishing Social Justice. They candidly assess what has been accomplished (or not) since 1974 in terms of a progressive agenda and suggest future directions. The essays reflect the geographical diversity that has characterized ...

Beyond National: Identities, Social Problems, and Movements, Vol. 26: 3, 1999

     Posted on: September 28, 2013

Ed McCaughan, ed. The articles in this issue attempt to add specificity and nuance to our understanding of the range of social processes implicit in the terms "globalization" and "transnationalism." Globalization and, to a lesser extent, transnationalism are terms deployed with increasing frequency as shorthand for complex social processes that occur ...

South Africa in Transition, Vol. 18:1-2, 1999

     Posted on: October 7, 2013

Gregory Shank, ed. This double issue was assembled by editor Gregory Shank, who was in South Africa at the time Nelson Mandela was released from prison and the African National Congress was unbanned, effectively signaling the end of legal apartheid. The issue deals with the transformation of apartheid into constitutional structures ...

Crime Is Up? Decarcerate!

     Posted on: November 9, 2013

by Alessandro De Giorgi* The news has not garnered much attention on the national media, yet it is rather striking: for the first time in the last twenty years or so, crime has been rising in the United States for two consecutive years. The US Bureau of Justice has just released ...

Defending Rights and Just Futures in the Real World Order, Vol. 25: 2, 1998

     Posted on: December 11, 2013

Gregory Shank (coord.) This issue demonstrates the interplay between world-systems theory, radical criminology, and human and civil rights struggles. Contributions emphasize theoretical concerns and implications for praxis and policy. Overarching themes concern the need to formulate imaginative global and local alternatives that take into account the shifting sands of historical advances ...

William Felice

     Posted on: January 20, 2014

The Copenhagen Summit: A Victory far the World Bank? William Felice discusses the role of Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs) and the World Bank at the U.N.'s World Summit for Social Development in Copenhagen deals with key issues concerning the future of humanity and the planet. Overcoming obstacles to eradicating poverty worldwide, including ...

Andre C. Drainville

     Posted on: January 20, 2014

Continental Integration and Civil Society in the Americas Andre Drainville provides a sophisticated and well-grounded treatment of questions of great sociopolitical import for the Lefts and progressive forces of the Americas. Specifically, it addresses the relationship between regional economic integration, the "New World Order" projects, and the potential formation of regional ...

Dragan Petrovec

     Posted on: January 20, 2014

Resurrection of Victims in Eastern Europe During the transition to democratic rule, a policy of impunity to former regimes guilty of massive abuses of state power is itself a form of institutionalized crime and can breed corruption of the justice system. Dragan Petrovec takes the view that vesting the victims of ...

40th Anniversary Issue: Legacies of Radical Criminology in the US, Vol. 40:1-2

     Posted on: March 21, 2014

Legacies of Radical Criminology in the United States On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of our journal, we are proud to announce the release of a special issue examining the history and the future of radical criminology. Building upon an academic seminar on the legacy of the Berkeley School of Criminology, ...

Reentry to Nothing #1 – Get a Job, Any Job

     Posted on: May 28, 2014

by Alessandro De Giorgi* The materials presented in this blog series draw from an ethnographic study on prisoner reentry I have been conducting between March 2011 and March 2014 in a neighborhood of West Oakland, California, plagued by chronically high levels of poverty, unemployment, homelessness, drug addiction, and street crime. In 2011, ...

Ferguson and Beyond: “Justifiable Homicides” and Premature Death in the Urban Ghetto

     Posted on: August 21, 2014

by Alessandro De Giorgi* Image by Jenna Pope (@JennaBPope). Original tweet here. • According to a recent FBI report on cases of “justifiable homicide” annually reported by a sample of police departments across the nation, between 2008 and 2012 law enforcement officers have “justifiably” killed an average of 400 civilians each year. An ...

Ferguson and Human Dignity

     Posted on: August 25, 2014

by Jonathan Simon* Michael Brown is to be buried today (August 25, 2014) in St. Louis, near his hometown of Ferguson, Missouri. As the world knows by now, two weeks ago the eighteen-year-old recent high-school graduate was shot six times and killed by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson. Michael Brown was ...

Mind Control: Censorship in Education

     Posted on: October 3, 2014

 by Rick Ayers* Banned books are back in the news. This is not simply because the American Library Association has just sponsored the annual Banned Books Week, but also because activist conservatives are once again whipping up cultural wars via censorship. It was not so long ago that the Tucson School Board banned ...

Sex, Politics, and Faith: Tony Kushner’s American Drama

     Posted on: September 29, 2014

by Janelle Reinelt* Last June I saw Tony Kushner’s epic new play, The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. It is directed by Tony Taccone. Since then, I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind . . ...

Brazil, an Urgent Situation

     Posted on: October 17, 2018

by Clifford Welch* The front-runner in Brazil’s upcoming presidential election refuses to debate his opponent. He prefers to generate and reproduce disinformation about his opponent without ever issuing an apology or correction. Sounds familiar? In fact, front-runner Jair Bolsonaro looks upon Donald Trump as his mentor, and Trump’s former campaign manager, ...

Reentry to Nothing #2 — The Working Poor

     Posted on: October 17, 2014

by Alessandro De Giorgi* The materials presented in this blog series draw from an ethnographic study on prisoner reentry I have been conducting between March 2011 and March 2014 in a neighborhood of West Oakland, California, plagued by chronically high levels of poverty, unemployment, homelessness, drug addiction, and street crime. In 2011, ...

Cuban Postcards

     Posted on: December 2, 2014

  by Margaret Randall* Editor’s note: Margaret Randall is a poet, essayist, photographer, and social activist, and she has authored more than 100 books. This is the excerpt of an essay narrating her 2011 return to Cuba, where she had lived throughout the 1970s. Her encounters with familiar as well as new sites and ...

No Moratorium on Protest

     Posted on: December 26, 2014

Blog by Tony Platt* It’s “déjà vu all over again,” said Police Commissioner William J. Bratton following the recent killing of two New York officers. He was referring to the turbulent 1970s, when in response to the supposed targeting of police by Black liberation groups, the law enforcement establishment created, in ...

The Worrying State of the Anti-Prison Movement

     Posted on: February 23, 2015

by Ruth Wilson Gilmore* After declining for three consecutive years, the US prison and jail population increased in 2013. The widely declared victory over mass incarceration was premature at best. Below I raise four areas of particular concern about the state of the anti-prison movement. (1) A tendency to cozy up to ...

Obama’s Task Force on Policing: Will It Be Different This Time?

     Posted on: February 28, 2015

Blog by Tony Platt* “There have been commissions before, there have been task forces, there have been conversations, and nothing happens,” said President Obama when he announced in December the creation of a blue-ribbon Task Force on 21st Century Policing to come up with solutions to the “simmering distrust that exists ...

NAFTA on Trial

     Posted on: April 16, 2015

by Peter Baird* Editor’s note: As a complement to the following blog, see the in-depth analysis of neoliberal economic change and authoritarianism in Mexico by Job Hernández Rodríguez in “Latin America Revisited,” Vol. 40-4 of Social Justice. During September 1–5, 2014, I attended and presented at a forum of the Mexican Chapter of ...

Letter from Paris: Which Side Will Prevail?

     Posted on: November 29, 2015

by Bernard Dreano* In this chilly evening of November the 27th, a few hundred people are on the Place de la République. Many are meditating, praying, or just silent around the big statue of the Republic in the middle of the square, surrounded with candles, messages of peace, children’s drawing, flags ...

(Un)Settling Solitary Confinement in California’s Prisons

     Posted on: September 28, 2015

by Keramet Reiter* On September 1, 2015, California prison officials agreed to a settlement in the case of Ashker v. Brown. Todd Ashker, together with the other prisoner plaintiffs housed in California’s Pelican Bay Security Housing Unit (SHU), alleged that the practice of assigning hundreds of prisoners to solitary confinement for ...

Pablo Cuevas Valdés and Teresa Rojas Martini

     Posted on: April 20, 2016

The Neoliberal Chilean Process Four Decades after the Coup The authors argue that in Chile, the process of changing from an economic model based on industrial production to one oriented toward exports of specialized products ruptured the mechanisms of political legitimacy linked to the former. At first, this rupture took the ...

Herman Schwendinger and Julia Schwendinger

     Posted on: April 20, 2016

Defenders of Order or Guardians of Human Rights? Originally published in 1970, this path-breaking essay challenged criminology's dominant managerial paradigm and called for a break with positivist, technocratic definitions of “crime.” definition of crime, human rights Citation: Social Justice Vol. 40, Nos. 1-2 (2013): 87-117

Tony Platt and Paul Takagi

     Posted on: April 20, 2016

Intellectuals for Law and Order: A Critique of the New “Realists” Originally published in 1977, this essay by Tony Platt and Paul Takagi charts the rise to dominance of a new “realist” agenda that championed the death penalty, longer sentences, “post-punishment incapacitation,” banishment, exile, house arrest, and other less imaginative weapons ...

Virginia S. Williams and Jennifer Leigh Disney

     Posted on: April 21, 2016

Militarism and Its Discontents: Neoliberalism, Repression, and Resistance in Twenty-First Century US-Latin American Relations Although much recent scholarship on Latin America focuses on the widespread political shift to the Left, this article examines military and political movements to subvert democracy in the region. This article explores the relationship between neoliberalism and ...

Erica R. Meiners

     Posted on: April 21, 2016

Trouble with the Child in the Carceral State This article examines how the child frames transactions within the US carceral state. Part one defines the frameworks of prison abolition that shape this analysis. Part two identifies the flexibility of the contemporary category of the child using three examples of current tropes ...

Reconfiguring Power: Challenges for the 21st Century, Vol. 24: 2, 1997

     Posted on: April 23, 2016

Edited by Gilberto Arriaza, Jean Ishibashi, and Pedro Noguera This special issue addresses the reconfiguration of power by transnational corporate, worker, and community interests. The language, identity, civil rights, and equity concerns of immigrants, youth, women, and people of color are examined in light of their respective movements, and the possibilities ...

Lily Wong Fillmore

     Posted on: April 23, 2016

Equity and Education in the Age of New Racism: Issues for Educators The author articulates her perceptions of the state of equity, especially from the position of an educator. Wong Fillmore argues that biological, racially based theories have returned to the main stage of public discourse in the form of Herrnstein ...

Roger Hart, Collette Daiute, Selim Iltus, David Kritt, Michaela Rome, and Kim Sabo

     Posted on: April 23, 2016

Developmental Theory and Children's Participation in Community Organizations This article discusses the changing ecology of children from different cultures as their identity and their understanding of the social world take shape. Identity is essentially a social concept, one that feminist psychological theorists link to political struggle, and children need to be ...

The World Today, Vol. 23: 1-2, 1996

     Posted on: April 24, 2016

Pablo González Casanova and John Saxe-FernándezEdited by Pablo González Casanova and John Saxe-Fernández, this special 375-page collection includes contributions on the world situation on every continent in the final stage of the 20th century. Given the failure of social democracy, real socialism, and the nationalism of the poor countries, the ...

The World Today, Vol. 23: 1-2, 1996

     Posted on: April 29, 2016

Edited by Pablo González Casanova and John Saxe-Fernández This special 375-page collection includes contributions on the world situation on every continent in the final stage of the 20th century. Given the failure of social democracy, real socialism, and the nationalism of the poor countries, the goal was not only to describe ...

Rob White and John van der Velden

     Posted on: April 30, 2016

Class and Criminality Rob White and John van der Velden, analyze the relationship between crime and the class structure by exploring typical patterns of crime associated with specific classes and discuss attempts by the state to regulate and control capitalist marketplace activities and working-class life. Empirical indicators are drawn from the ...

Nancy Stein, CrossRoads

     Posted on: April 30, 2016

Questions and Answers About Affirmative Action Many of the gains won by the Civil Rights Movements of the 1960s were in danger of being overturned and affirmative action was rapidly becoming the most prominent target when an initiative in California to eliminate state-sponsored affirmative action programs made it on the 1996 ...

Dave Broad

     Posted on: April 30, 2016

Globalization and the Casual Labor Problem: History and Prospects Dave Broad analyzes the structural transformation of the world labor market, including the growing prominence of part-time or temporary work, cost cutting through massive layoffs, subcontracting in the informal economy, and outsourcing from the developed centers to the Third World. Broad argues ...

Nancy Scheper-Hughes

     Posted on: April 30, 2016

Who's the Killer? Popular Justice and Human Rights in a South African Squatter Camp Anthropologist Nancy Scheper-Hughes elaborates on her research concerning "everyday violence" in the Chris Hani squatter camp, which is based on exploratory fieldwork on the political transition in Franschhoek, a conservative South African farm community. This provocative article ...

Pablo González Casanova and John Saxe-Fernández

     Posted on: April 30, 2016

Preface to 'The World Today' In December 1993, the center for interdisciplinary research in the Sciences and Humanities of the National University of Mexico organized a seminar entitled “The World Today: Situation and Alternatives.” Its task was to examine the central concerns and problems facing humanity in the final stage of ...

Ralph Miliband

     Posted on: April 30, 2016

The New World Order and the Left Given the disintegration of the Soviet Union, an altered world order came into beign, with some significant new features. The “market economy,” capitalism, took command of the field, on a worldwide scale and there is now no effective counterweight to U.S. and Western predominance ...

Bogdan Denitch

     Posted on: April 30, 2016

Democracy and the World Order: Dilemmas and Conflicts The prospects for democracy at the close of the 20th century are perilous. In an increasingly unified world system, it is no longer possible to write about the prospects for democracy except on a world scale. It cannot be a precious entity reserved ...

Pablo Gonzalez Casanova

     Posted on: April 30, 2016

Globalism, Neoliberalism, and Democracy Finding an alternative to neoliberalism is a moral, political, and social problem and is the most important intellectual problem confronting the social sciences of our time. The alternative to the neoliberal state will be a social democracy that differs from the welfare state, the populist state, or ...

John Saxe-Fernández

     Posted on: April 30, 2016

NAFTA: The Intersection of the Geopolitics and Geoeconomics of Capital This analysis of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) compares it to earlier experiments in geopolitical and geoeconomic “enlargement” that were tested in the long period between the establishment of a new world order based on the Treaty of Versailles ...

Carlos M. Vilas

     Posted on: April 30, 2016

Latin America and the New World Order This article details the growing marginalization of Latin America in the world economy in the 1990s. The region had embarked on a scheme of moderate growth with low salaries, high capital profitability, and social exclusion, in a context of broad trade and financial opening ...

Nestor Rodriguez

     Posted on: April 30, 2016

U.S. Immigration and Intergroup Relations in the Late 20th Century: African Americans and Latinos Nestor Rodriguez discusses the arena of intergroup relations between African Americans and Latinos from the perspective of Latino immigration. He begins by locating the arena of intergroup relations within larger structural processes related to global change and ...

David Bacon

     Posted on: April 30, 2016

For an Immigration Policy Based on Human Rights David Bacon builds on his grass-roots immigrant advocacy experience to counter the attack on the rights of undocumented immigrants. The author addresses the thorny issue of financial costs versus contributions made by undocumented immigrants to the system, exposing who pays and who benefits, ...

Sara Diamond

     Posted on: April 30, 2016

Right-Wing Politics and the Anti-Immigration Cause Sara Diamond outlines the complexities of the Right's positions, including the fault lines within the Right vis-a- vis immigration policy. She points out the contradictions and strange bedfellows generated by the immigration issue in relation to the Right's broader goals. During the Proposition 187 campaign ...

Educational Reform and Repression in Mexico

     Posted on: June 22, 2016

by Maurice Rafael Magaña* June 14, 2016, marked the 10-year anniversary of the beginning of a popular uprising in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. The Oaxacan social movement of 2006 formed following the violent eviction of striking teachers from their labor union’s encampment in the zócalo (main plaza) of Oaxaca ...

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