Social Justice and the University Globalization, Human Rights and the Future of Democracy

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2014-04-19
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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This compilation of interdisciplinary and community voices addresses issues of globalization, democracy, human rights, and how universities can act to promote steps towards greater social justice. As a relational concept, definitions of social justice reflect beliefs, values and priorities - which are neither consensually shared in modern societies, nor among social scientists who study it. This situation makes the concept exceedingly pliable and subject to ideological utilization. What implications result from efforts to advance social justice beyond the present status quo? These issues are especially pertinent to academic workers, who have been under the same kind of pressures that the rest of society has experienced. The current moment also poses a range of questions that challenge the role of the university. Can it continue to play a major role in advancing social justice when it is under severe political and public pressure to spend less, and to show concrete 'deliverables'?

Author Biography

Jon Shefner is Professor and Head of Sociology at the University of Tennessee, USA, and previously taught at Tulane University, USA, and University of Innsbruck, Austria.
Harry F. Dahms is Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Center of the Study of Social Justice at the University of Tennessee, USA.
Asafa Jalata is Professor of Sociology, Global and Africana Studies at the University of Tennessee, USA.
Robert E. Jones is Associate Professor and Research Associate with the Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment and the Center for the Study of Social Justice at the University of Tennessee, USA.

Table of Contents

1. Globalization and the University - A Path to Social Justice; Robert E. Jones and Jon Shefner

2. From Domination to 'Buen Vivir': Latin America and Contested Globalization; Michael Handelsman

3. Researching, Knowing, and Promoting Social Justice for Indigenous Americans; Asafa Jalata

4. The Promise of International Law in Developing a Global Foundation for Social Justice; Robert Blitt

5. The Goal of Gender Transformation in American Universities: Toward Social Justice for Women in the Academy; Barbara J. Risman and Timothy Adkin

6. Climate Change, Intergenerational Justice and the University; John Nolt

7. Social Justice, the University and the Temptation of Mission Creep; David Reidy

8. Co-Constructing Democratic Knowledge for Social Justice: Lessons from an International Research Collaboration; John Gaventa and Felix Bivens

9. The Role of Law School Clinics and Universities Social Justice Work; Benjamin Barton

10. Social Justice Manifest: University-Community Outreach Research to Reduce Homelessness; David Patterson, Courtney Cronley, Stacia West, Jennifer West and Jennifer Lantz

11. University Social Engagement as Space for Resistance to the Marketization of Higher Education Institutions: A Case Study from the United Kingdom; Felix Bivens

12. Critical Engagement: Risk Reward and Methods in Teaching Social Justice; William V. Taylor, Ben Feldmeyer and Katie Morris

13. Approaching Human Rights as a Cognitive Style in the College Classroom; Benjamin Gregg

14. Teaching Spaces: A Critical Reflection on Using Spatial Exploration Exercises as Teaching Tools; Maria Stehle

15. A New Popular Movement for Social Justice in the United States and Beyond; Frances Fox Piven and Jon Shefner

16. Student Activism and the University: Resources, Challenges and Opportunities; Elizabeth A. East and Jayanni Webster

17. Teaching (for) Social Justice/Organizing for Social Justice and the University; Walter Davis

18. Real Utopias and the University: An Interview; Erik Olin Wright

19. Barriers and Conduits to Social Justice - Universities in the Twenty-First Century; Harry F. Dahms and Eric R. Lybeck

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