Aim & Scope
Founded in 1974, Social Justice is a quarterly nonprofit educational journal that seeks to promote human dignity, equality, peace, and genuine security. As one of the few independent journals from the 1970s to have survived, its contents reflect its origins and ability to renew its vitality through a series of often tumultuous decades. Its early focus on issues of crime, police repression, social control, and the penal system has expanded to encompass globalization, human and civil rights, border, citizenship, and immigration issues, environmental victims and health and safety concerns, social policies affecting welfare and education, ethnic and gender relations, and persistent global inequalities. The journal has framed its vision of social justice with an understanding of the international dimensions of power, inequality, and injustice. In doing so, it has formed part of an international community of progressive intellectuals, activists, and movements. The connection to that community has helped Social Justice keep its bearings in times of stormy weather (such as the nasty squalls of the Reagan era or the hurricane winds at the end of the Cold War). Social Justice continues to promote social criticism as a distinctive form of knowledge and respects the theoretical implications of practice and the practical aspects of theory. We present divergent viewpoints in a readable fashion. The American Library Association's Social Responsibility Roundtable said of Social Justice that concerned citizens with an interest in current affairs will appreciate the well written and edited articles, while ample notes and references satisfy the academic reader.
The journal has published the work of leading theorists and activists such as Noam Chomsky, Edward S. Herman, Stan Cohen, Angela Davis, Immanuel Wallerstein, Samir Amin, Stuart Hall, Andre Gunder Frank, Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz, Elizabeth Martinez, John Brown Childs, Margo Okazawa-Rey, Ward Churchill, Eduardo Galeano, William Chambliss, Susanne Jonas, Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas, Makota Oda, Nancy Scheper-Hughes, Kathleen Daly, Pablo González Casanova, Alexander Cockburn, Hans Koning, Gwendolyn Mink, Sara Diamond, Elaine Kim, Frank Zimring, Linda Gordon, Frances Fox-Piven, Albie Sachs, Dana Takagi, Christian Parenti, Annette Jaimes, Victor Sidel, Tony Platt, Elliott Currie, Gary T. Marx, Martha Huggins, John Irwin, Nigel South, Nikos Passas, Nobel laureates Rigoberta Menchu and Jody Williams, and many others.
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