Policy Press

Publishing with a purpose

About the journal

Justice, Power and Resistance is an international, peer-reviewed journal promoting critical analysis and connecting theory, politics and activism. Working towards social justice, state accountability and decarceration, the journal is primarily a vehicle to make accessible and advance challenging research and scholarship that can be utilised to critically inform contemporary debates and policies. Originally based within the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control, the journal invites academics, practitioners and activists to think critically about the concepts of justice and power, and what the implications of these are for the lives of people most affected by social harms. The focus on resistance is reflective of the endeavour to move this critical knowledge to social action, to harness ways that crimes and harms of the powerful in particular can be resisted, and to support wider understandings of how to mitigate penal expansionism and mitigate harms and violence.

The editors welcome theoretical, normative and empirical studies from interdisciplinary perspectives including sociology, zemiology, geography, law, history, criminology, penology, philosophy, social policy and social theory from scholars and activists. The journal is also committed to enhancing communication and collaboration across critical and radical networks. Consequently, it welcomes open submissions in the following forms:

  • Research articles of 6,000-8,000 words
  • Interventions (including short papers, campaign updates, personal reflections and (auto)biographical accounts) of up to 2,000 words
  • Book reviews of up to 2,000 words

The journal also publishes and welcomes ideas for themed special issues. 

The scope of the journal includes a range of topics including the critical analysis of social harms; theories of state power, authority and legitimacy; gendered and racialised violence; the politics of social control; class, poverty and marginalisation; the legacies of colonialism, neo-colonialism and post colonialism; penal policies and penal practices; harms of the powerful; criminalisation; comparative studies and internationalist standpoints; abolitionist perspectives, social movements engaged in direct struggles of resistance and contestation; interventionist strategies and radical alternatives promoting human rights, social justice and democratic accountability.