The Agenda for Social Justice: Solutions for 2020 provides accessible insights into some of the most pressing social problems in the United States and proposes public policy responses to those problems.
Written by a highly respected team of authors brought together by the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP), it offers recommendations for action by elected officials, policy makers, and the public around key issues for social justice, including a discussion of the role of key issues of sustainability and technology in the development and timbre of future social problems. It will be of interest to scholars, practitioners, advocates, and students interested in public sociology and the study of social problems.
“Agenda for Social Justice continues to demonstrate that scholar activism is vital in producing knowledge that can champion change for a better world.” Mary Romero, Former President of the American Sociological Association
“This useful volume proposes solutions to the most important social problems of our time.” Luis A. Fernandez, Northern Arizona University
"This book offers an accessible, engaging, and critical tool, drawing on cutting-edge social justice research to create positive social change." Nancy J. Mezey, Monmouth University
Glenn Muschert is Professor of Sociology at Khalifa University of Science and Technology. His research focuses on digital technologies, sustainable development and the ethical solution of social problems.
Kristen M. Budd is Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Miami University. Her research focuses on interpersonal violence, law, and policy including how they intersect with perpetrator and victim sociodemographic characteristics.
Michelle Christian is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Her research focuses on structural racism, global political economy and precarious forms of labour.
Robert Perrucci is Professor of Sociology Emeritus at Purdue University. He has published 19 books and 90 articles and chapters with a focus on organizations and structures of inequality.
Section I ~ Ethnicity, Race, and Gender;
Islamophobia ~ Aneesa A. Baboolal;
Latinos Are Each of Us: Fair and Just Immigration Policies for All ~ Noreen M. Sugrue and Sylvia Puente;
Gender and Race in U.S. Family Law: Persistent Social Inequities and Rollback Reforms ~ Bronwen Lichtenstein;
Section II ~ Health and Families;
Reproductive Rights ~ Sujatha A. Jesudason;
In Pursuit of Justice in U.S. Health Care Policy: Pathways to Universal Coverage ~ Jennifer Roebuck Bulanda and Amelia Pittman;
The Problem of Unpaid Parental Leave ~ Ronald E. Bulanda and Jennifer Roebuck Bulanda;
Section III ~ Education;
Power, Privilege, and #MeToo in Academia ~ Sarah Jane Brubaker and Brittany Keegan;
They Tested with Stress: Solving Racial Injustice in Assessment by Acknowledging Adverse Childhood Experiences ~ Mawule A. Sevon and LaTrice L. Dowtin;
Black Girls and School Suspension ~ Cherrell Green;
Section IV ~ Crime and In(Justice);
Police Homicides: The Terror of ‘American Exceptionalism’ ~ Robert Aponte and Hannah Hurrle
Crimmigration: The Presumption of Illegality and the Criminalization of Immigrants ~ Kristen M. Budd and Bianca E. Bersani;
Alleviating the Mark of a Criminal Record: Prisoner Reentry and Post-Prison Employment ~ Sadé L. Lindsay;
Section V ~ Enduring Challenges;
The Persistence of Homelessness ~ R. Neil Greene and Wayne Centrone;
Risks to Journalists’ Safety and the Vulnerability of Media Freedom in the U.S. ~ Sadia Jamil and Glenn W. Muschert;
Environmental Justice ~ David Naguib Pellow;
Protecting and Rewarding Workers in the 21st Century ~ Arne L. Kalleberg;
The Contested Construction of Social Problems ~ Stephen Pfohl;
Afterword ~ Michelle Christian