Special Issue "Social Justice in the Age of Trump: Contemporary Challenges in Confronting Oppression"

A special issue of Social Sciences (ISSN 2076-0760). This special issue belongs to the section "Contemporary Politics and Society".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Christine M. Robinson

Department of Justice Studies, James Madison University, 90 Bluestone Drive, MSC 1205, Harrisonburg, VA 22807, USA
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Interests: : social justice; sexual orientation; trans* justice; environmental justice; public policy
Guest Editor
Prof. Sue Spivey

Department of Justice Studies, James Madison University, 90 Bluestone Drive, MSC 1205, Harrisonburg, VA 22807, USA
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Interests: gender; race; class; inequality

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Over the last two years of “the age of Trump”, the material conditions of life for marginalized and oppressed groups in the United States and globally has significantly worsened (Girard 2017, Gonzalez et al. 2018); the civic culture is regularly defiled by open expressions of everyday bigotry and the empowerment of organized hate groups (Gordon 2017, James 2017, Niewert 2017, Pollard 2018, Schecter 2017, Taylor 2018); and ordinary citizens increasingly encounter obstructions to meaningful democratic participation and in the decisions affecting their lives (Box 2017, Chemerinsky 2017). These circumstances provide the impetus for this Special Issue. By “the age of Trump” we refer not only to the policies and politics of the Trump Administration, but also to the debasement of civic culture and public discourse, and, critically, the perils to civic participation and representative democracy itself.

How has “the age of Trump” impacted marginalized and oppressed groups (poor and working-class people, people with disabilities, transgender people, immigrants, racial and religious minorities, LGBT people, and others) and their ability confront oppression? In what ways has it disempowered ordinary citizens, degraded our shared civic life and our humanity, and/or endangered our political institutions? What does social justice look like in “the age of Trump”?

Scholarship in the social sciences has begun to document some of the social, political, economic, and environmental consequences of “the age of Trump” for vulnerable populations (Abu-Ras et al. 2018, Miller et al. 2018) and for ordinary citizens (Chemerinsky 2017). Scholars are also beginning to formulate social justice interventions (Baskeran and Haber 2018, Green and Castro 2017, Lacy 2018) and examine resistance to oppression and these injustices (Estes 2018, Gleeson and Sampat 2018, Jones 2018, Yukich 2018). There is a tremendous need for greater scholarly attention to all of these issues.

This Special Issue seeks original scholarly contributions that investigate or examine any of the following general themes pertaining to social justice in “the age of Trump”:

  • Empirical studies that investigate the new realities facing marginalized and oppressed groups and examining the effects;
  • Scholarly analysis of barriers to social justice advocacy and/or citizen engagement or other threats to participatory democracy and their impact (for example, post-truth politics; voter suppression; attacks on the press/journalists; executive, judicial, and/or legislative impediments; corporate deregulation; etc.); and
  • Applied, policy, or empirical investigations of social justice interventions that confront or resist oppression and/or threats to civic engagement and influence.

Empirical and applied studies, as well as policy-oriented and theoretical contributions, from a wide range of disciplines (including law, sociology, criminology, political science, anthropology, education, public policy, health, philosophy, economics, history, psychology, and social work), as well as cross- and interdisciplinary studies are encouraged. The central organizing theme linking the collected works will be a focus on challenges to and opportunities for social justice in “the age of Trump”.


Abu-Ras, Wahiba, Zulema E. Suárez, and Soleman Abu-Bader, Soleman. 2018. “Muslim Americans' safety and well-being in the wake of Trump: A public health and social justice crisis.” American Journal of Orthopsychiatry 88: 503–515.

Baskeran, Priya and Michael Haber. 2018. “Transactional Clinics as Change Agents in the Trump Era: Lessons from Two Contexts.” Journal of Affordable Housing & Community Development Law 26: 335–349.

Box, Richard C. 2017. “Into a New Regressive Era: Implications for Public Administration.” Public Integrity 19: 576–592.

Chemerinsky, Erwin. 2017. “The First Amendment in the Era of President Trump.” Denver Law Review 94: 553–566.

Estes, Carroll L. 2018. “ Women's rights, women's status, women's resistance in the Age of Trump.” Generations 41: 36–44.

Gleeson, Shannon; Sampat, Prerna. 2018. “Immigrant Resistance in the Age of Trump.” New Labor Forum 27: 86–95.

Gonzalez, Kirsten A., Johanna L. Ramirez, Johanna L. and Paz M. Galupo. 2018. “Increase in GLBTQ Minority Stress Following the 2016 US Presidential Election.” Journal of GLBT Family Studies 14: 130–151.

Gordon, Philip. 2017. “Night Train across America: Mapping ethnoheteronationalism in the Age of Trump.” South: A Scholarly Journal 50: 70–79.

Green, Terrance L. and Andrene Castro. 2017. “Doing counterwork in the age of a counterfeit president: resisting a Trump–DeVos education agenda.” International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education 30: 912–919.

Heyer, Kristin E. 2018. “Internalized Borders: Immigration Ethics in the Age of Trump.” Theological Studies 79: 146–164.

James, David. 2017. “White nationalism, armed culture and state violence in the age of Donald Trump.” Philosophy & Social Criticism 43: 887–952.

Jones, Tiffany. 2018. “Trump, trans students, and transnational progress.” Sex Education 18: 479–494.

Kocher, Austin. 2017. “The New Resistance: Immigrant Rights Mobilization in an Era of Trump.” Journal of Latin American Geography 16: 165–171.

Lacy, Karyn. 2018. “Problems, Puzzles, and the Production of Knowledge: Harnessing Census Data in the Age of Trump.” City & Community 17: 560–564.

Miller, Edward Alan, Pamela Nadash, Michael K. Gusmano, Elizabeth Simpson, and Corina R. Ronneberg. 2018. “The state of aging policy and politics in the Trump era.” Journal of Aging & Social Policy 30: 193–208.

Pollard, Tom. 2018. “Alt-Right Transgressions in the Age of Trump.” Perspectives on Global Development & Technology 17: 76–88.

Schecter, Asher. 2017. “We’ve Won: How Trump Empowers Israel’s Far Right.” World Policy Journal 34: 33–41.

Taylor, Keeanga-Yamahtta. 2018. “The white power presidency: race and class in the Trump Era.” New Political Science 40: 103–112.

Yukich, Grace. 2018. “Muslim American activism in the age of Trump.” Sociology of Religion 79: 220–247.

Prof. Christine M. Robinson
Prof. Sue Spivey
Guest Editors

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  • social justice
  • oppression
  • civil rights
  • human rights
  • democracy

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Open AccessArticle Towards Quantifiable Metrics Warranting Industry-Wide Corporate Death Penalties
Soc. Sci. 2019, 8(2), 62; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci8020062
Received: 18 December 2018 / Revised: 25 January 2019 / Accepted: 8 February 2019 / Published: 18 February 2019
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In the singular search for profits, some corporations inadvertently kill humans. If this routinely occurs throughout an industry, it may no longer serve a net positive social purpose for society and should be eliminated. This article provides a path to an objective quantifiable [...] Read more.
In the singular search for profits, some corporations inadvertently kill humans. If this routinely occurs throughout an industry, it may no longer serve a net positive social purpose for society and should be eliminated. This article provides a path to an objective quantifiable metric for determining when an entire industry warrants the corporate death penalty. First, a theoretical foundation is developed with minimum assumptions necessary to provide evidence for corporate public purposes. This is formed into an objective quantifiable metric with publicly-available data and applied to two case studies in the U.S.: the tobacco and coal mining industries. The results show the American tobacco industry kills 4 times more people per year than it employs, and the American coal-mining industry kills more than one American every year for every coal miner employed. The results clearly warrant industry-wide corporate death penalties for both industries in America. Future work is discussed to ensure industries only exist to benefit humanity in all the societies in which they operate. Full article
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