Studies in Social Justice publishes articles on issues dealing with the social, cultural, economic, political, and philosophical problems associated with struggles for social justice. This interdisciplinary journal aims to publish work that links theory to social change and the analysis of substantive issues. The journal welcomes heterodox contributions that are critical of established paradigms of inquiry.
The journal focuses on debates that move beyond conventional notions of social justice, and views social justice as a critical concept that is integral in the analysis of policy formation, rights, participation, social movements, and transformations. Social justice is analysed in the context of processes involving nationalism, social and public policy, globalization, diasporas, culture, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, welfare, poverty, war, and other social phenomena. It endeavours to cover questions and debates ranging from governance to democracy, sustainable environments, and human rights, and to introduce new work on pressing issues of social justice throughout the world.
Vol 10, No 1 (2016): Mental Health and Distress as a Social Justice Issue
Guest Editors: Heidi Rimke, Mandi Gray and Lacey Croft
(Cover image: "Of Brass and Twine," by Michelle Barron)
Using a clay medium with acrylic paint and graphic editing, this work aims to address the way in which many mental health initiatives fail individuals suffering from anxiety and depression. In the image, a figure, bound in rope, sits on the ground shrouded in a thick, blue, impenetrable fog with a looming stranger who is offering a key. The key is a symbol that embodies the promise of wellness through self-discipline guided by mental health initiatives. This gesture however is often misguided. A key cannot unlock rope; it does not account for the origins or social production of the threads, how the individual became bound, or the spaces they are tied to. The image emphasizes that there is often an incompatibility between mental health initiatives and mental illnesses.