Studies in Social Justice

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.

ISSN: 1911-4788


Vol 11, No 2 (2017): Visual Research and Social Justice

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Guest Editors: Nancy Cook, Andrea Doucet, and Jennifer Rowsell

(Cover Image: "Roba" by Chiragh Ali)

Editor's note: The photo was taken as part of an autophotography project conducted by Nancy Cook and David Butz in Shimshal, a village in the Karakoram Mountains of northern Pakistan (see Butz & Cook, this issue, pp. 238-274). Research particants were asked to produce photos that expressed the significance for their everyday lives of a newly-constructed road to the village

According to Chiragh Ali, this wheelbarrow (roba) was the first wheeled vehicle in Shimshal. It was made by his father in 1952; the frame is constructed of juniper wood, and the wheel is from the trunk of an apricot tree. Baskets were lashed to the frame, to carry soil, stones and organic fertilizer.  After the road was constructed mass-produced wheelbarrows were brought to Shimshal, as well as tractors, and this implement became obsolete. The photo is meant to convey how much transportation has changed since the road’s completion. Like many other pictures generated in the context of the autophotography project, this photo evokes a transition from difficulty to ease, from home-made to manufactured, and from sharing things to buying or hiring them.