Global Agenda for Social Justice




The Global Agenda for Social Justice provides accessible insights into some of the world’s most pressing social problems and proposes international 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), chapters examine topics such as criminal justice, media concerns, environmental problems, economic problems, and issues concerning sexualities and gender. They offer recommendations for action by governing officials, policy makers, and the public around key issues of social justice. It will be of interest to scholars, practitioners, advocates, and students interested in public sociology, the study of social problems and the pursuit of social justice.



President's Welcome

Historians will look back at the ongoing year as a global turning point. The world is changing, and not all of the changes are good, healthy, or just. Right-wing movements in Europe are on the rise, the earth is warming at an alarming rate, and global economic inequality is increasing. Further, there is a relentless assault on core values, including democracy, freedom, and equality. In this context, the Global Agenda for Social Justice is attempt to address these issues and look for practical solutions that lead us toward a more democratic, free, and equitable world. As the President of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP), it is my honor to present some of the best scholars in our organization as they address some critical social problems of our time. As you may know, SSSP is an organization committed to scholar activist in the pursuit of social justice.  It serves not only as a place of respite, but also a gathering space for those seeking to change the current situation. I am proud to be part of an organization that produces such a fine publication. Thank you to all the contributing authors and to the editorial committee, including Glenn W. Muschert, Kristen Budd, Michelle Christian, Brian V. Klocke, Jon Shefner, and Robert Perrucci. May your collective work reach the ears of the powerful.  


Luis A. FernandezNorthern Arizona University
SSSP President, 2017-2018

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2018 Committee MembersGlenn W. Muschert, Chair 
Miami University

Kristen M. Budd
Miami University

Michelle Christian
University of Tennessee, Knoxville 

Brian V. Klocke
Washington College

Robert Perrucci
Purdue University

Jon Shefner
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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Table of Contents

Editors: Glenn W. Muschert, Kristen M. Budd, Michelle Christian, Brian V. Klocke, Jon Shefner, and Robert Perrucci


President’s Welcome
by Luis A. Fernandez
Editorial Introduction
     by Glenn W. Muschert and Kristen M. Budd


Chapter 1.  The Worldwide War on Drugs: Advancing Reforms, Circumventing Resistance
 by Robert Aponte and Hannah Hurrle

Chapter 2. Global Police Discrimination
     by Craig A. Boylstein

Chapter 3. Wrongful Convictions and Exonerations: Global Data Sources and Other Initiatives
by Tereza Trejbalová and Terance D. Miethe

Chapter 4. Solutions to Ending the Global Social Problem of HIV Criminalization
by Carrie Foote, Edwin Bernard and Eric Mykhalovskiy

SECTION II Environmental Issues

Chapter 5. Radiation Refugees and Chronic Exposure to Ionizing Radiation: The Rights of the Exposed
     by Majia Nadesan

Chapter 6. The Effects of “Natural” Disasters on Older Adults in South Asia: The Case of Intersectional Identitie
     by Tirth Bhatta, Moushumi Roy, and Nirmala Lekhak 

Chapter 7. Energy Democracy: A Just Transition for Social, Economic, and Climate Justice
     by Todd E. Vachon and Sean Sweeney

SECTION III Gender and Sexuality

Chapter 8. Fostering Critical Awareness of Masculinity around the World
     by Kyle C. Ashlee, Leland G. Spencer, Michael Loeffelman, Brandon Cash, and Glenn
     W. Muschert

Chapter 9. Lack of Access to Comprehensive Sexuality Education
     by Jacqueline Daugherty and Richelle Frabotta


Chapter 10. Violence against Migrants: A Global Analysis
     by Rosemary Barberet and Diana Rodriguez-Spahia 

Chapter 11. Sex Workers and Coping with Violence: Implications for Policy-Making
     by Mangala Subramaniam, Zachary D. Palmer and Vasundhara Kaul

Chapter 12. Genocide and other Atrocity Crimes: Toward Remedies
by Joachim J. Savelsberg

Chapter 13. Torture: Causes, Consequences, and Strategies for Redress and Prevention
by Shannon Golden


Chapter 14. Want Amidst Plenty: Food Insecurity in Rich Liberal Democracies
    by David Reynolds and Miranda Mirosa

Chapter 15.  Extending Old-Age Pension Coverage to Workers in the Informal Sector Economy in Ethiopia
 by Ajanaw Alemie and James L. Scherrer

Chapter 16.   Tackling Digital Exclusion: Counter Social Inequalities Through Digital Inclusion
    by Massimo Ragnedda


Chapter 17.   Global Issues
 by Jon Shefner and Michelle Christian

Afterword: Looking Backwards to Move Everyone Forward to a More Inclusive, Just, and Sustainable World
     by Brian V. Klocke