In 2004 and 2008, the SSSP and the Justice 21 Committee published the first two volumes of the Agenda for Social Justice. Those re-ports contained chapters on a variety of social problems, among them poverty, educational inequality, unemployment, environmental health risks, global economic change, capital punishment, post-Katrina disaster response, gender inequality in the criminal justice sys-tem, the vulnerability of ESL students in pub-lic schools, surveillance technologies, civil un-ions, domestic violence.
We are now beginning our work on the third publication--Agenda for Social Justice-2012. This publication is designed to inform the public-at-large about the nation’s most pressing social problems and to propose a pub-lic policy response to those problems. This project affirms the commitment of SSSP to so-cial justice, and enables the members of the association to speak on public issues with the sponsorship of the corporate body. This report will be an “agenda for social justice,” in that it will contain recommendations for action by elected officials, policy makers, and the public at large. The report will be distributed as widely as possible to policy makers, those in progressive media, and academics.
The quadrennial report will be a product of the most valid and reliable knowledge we have about social problems and it will be a joint ef-fort of the members and Divisions of SSSP. We invite you to consider preparing a chapter for the 2012 publication. We ask you, indi-vidually or with colleagues, to consider sub-mitting a brief proposal (1-2 pp) identifying a social problem of concern to members of SSSP, and respond to the questions:
What do we know?
How do we know it?
What is to be done?
As the coordinating committee for Justice 21, we invite members to prepare a draft state-ment for a proposed contribution to the 2012 publication, tentatively to be produced and dis-tributed by the Edwin Mellen Press (http://www.mellenpress.com/). For the 2012 edition, confirmed contributors include the following well-known sociologists: Frances Fox Piven, Alejandro Portes, and Amatai Etzioni. Please submit a copy of your 1-2 page proposals to each of the members of the committee by March 1, 2011, and contact us if you have questions or would like additional information. Final manuscripts will be due near the end of 2011, and will appear in print prior to the 2012 SSSP annual meetings in August 2012.
Glenn Muschert (chair), Miami University, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathleen Ferraro, Northern Arizona Univer-sity, email@example.com
Brian Klocke, SUNY Plattsburgh, firstname.lastname@example.org
JoAnn Miller, Purdue University, email@example.com
Robert Perrucci, Purdue University, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jon Shefner, University of Tennessee, email@example.com
For an expanded discussion of Justice 21, see the May 2001 issue of Social Problems (“Inventing Social Justice”). To see the 2004 and 2008 publications, see the SSSP website at the following address: http://sssp1.org/index.cfm/m/323
Section on Children and Youth