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208 pp.
2 figures; 8 tables; 8 photos, 6" x 9"


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Imprint: OUP Canada

Issues in Social Justice

Citizenship and Transnational Struggles

Tanya Basok and Suzan Ilcan

Series : Themes in Canadian Sociology

REVIEW: The Canadian Geographer, Vol. 59, Issue 1 - Spring 2015
Studies in Social Justice, Vol. 11, No 1 - 2017

Focusing on theory, current trends, and the future of social justice movements in Canada and around the world, Issues in Social Justice offers a valuable contribution to the growing debates on what social justice means in our increasingly globalized world. Examining such key topics as modern citizenship, human rights, transformations of the welfare state under neoliberalism, and transnational activism, this text shows that attaining social justice is a complex process of change, one that links local and global struggles for redistribution, recognition, and representation.

Readership : Issues in Social Justice: Citizenship and Transnational Struggles is a core text intended for second- and third-year social justice and social inequality courses offered out of sociology departments in universities and colleges. The text may also find a supplemental market in education and social work departments that have a social justice component.


  • "Issues in Social Justice is an essential text for students, scholars, policy makers, and aspiring activists who are beginning to explore the complexities of attaining social justice at the local and international levels."
    --Alexandra Pedersen, Queen's University (The Canadian Geographer, Vol. 59, Issue 1, Spring 2015)

  • "A terrific book. It hits all of the significant marks, in my view, and is a great contribution to social justice and peace studies."
    --Richard Matthews, University of Western Ontario

  • "Extremely well written. [The] construction of each chapter is logical [and] carefully delineated and the language is clear [-] as complex as it needs to be without being full of scholarly jargon."
    --Catherine McGregor, University of Victoria

1. Introduction
Three Faces of Social Justice
Social Justice as a Multidirectional and Perpetual Process
Social Justice as "Contentious Politics": Actors and Players
Outline of the Book
2. Exploring Social Justice
Morality and Social Justice: A Problematic Link
Social Inclusion
Boundaries of Social Inclusion
Politics of Social Justice
3. Citizenship: Challenging Exclusions
Modern Citizenship, Social Justice, and Nation-States
From Civil to Political to Social Citizenship
Differentiated Citizenship
Equality versus Difference?
Social Struggles for Citizenship
Exclusions from Without
4. The Welfare State and the Decline of Social Citizenship
The Welfare State
The Social Welfare Approach
Neoliberal Developments
Toward New Responsibilities and New Service Providers?
5. Voluntary Organizations: Delivering Public Services to Marginalized Groups
A Brief History: Post-World War II Voluntary Organizations
A New Face for the Non-Profit Sector?
Downsizing the Public Sector and Downloading Responsibility
Depoliticizing the Voluntary Sector
6. Human Rights: The Challenge of Universal Protection
Protecting the "Social" in Human Rights?
Respect for Cultural Diversity?
Exclusions from Within Gender Bias: A Feminist Critique
Exclusions from "Without": Protecting "Non-Citizens"?
The Power of Human Rights
7. Transnational Activism and Struggles
Transnational Activism "from Above"
Transnational Activism "from Below"
The Global Justice Movement
8. Conclusion
Towards Global Social Justice
Destabilizing the Westphalian Frame: Cosmopolitanism and Global Citizenship
Global Justice Networks
The World Social Forum
Expanding Spaces of Democratic Participation
* Note: Chapters 2-8 include:
- Introduction
- Conclusion
- Key Terms
- Questions for Critical Thought
- Annotated Additional Readings
- Related Websites

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Tanya Basok is a professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Windsor and director of the Centre for Studies in Social Justice. Her research focuses principally on migration and migrant rights.

Suzan Ilcan is a professor in the Department of Sociology and Legal Studies at the University of Waterloo. Her research includes studies on global governance and international organizations in the context of humanitarian and development aid, social justice and citizenship rights, and mobile populations.

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Special Features

  • Unique sociological approach. The only indigenous social justice book that does not take a criminological approach to the field.
  • Concise introduction to the subject. Part of the well-regarded Themes in Canadian Sociology series, known for its clear and concise approach to current research and trends in the discipline.
  • Comprehensive coverage of topics such as citizenship, inequality, human rights, and social movements make this an accessible and effective primer for students new to the study of social justice.
  • Considers the future of social justice movements, providing constructive, critical ideas for students, researchers, activists, and policy-makers.
  • Profiles of key players in social justice are included throughout to expose students to the people who have shaped the field.
  • Case studies showcase examples of activism and social change initiatives both locally and globally, encouraging students to think critically about social justice.