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C ENTRE FOR STUDIES IN SOCIAL JUSTICE

N EWSLET TER
V OLUME 3, ISSUE 1 A UTUMN 2007

CENTRE WELCOMES SCHOLARS TO CITIZENSHIP


CONFERENCE BY BRANDON THOMPSON
Once again the Centre for Studies in
Social Justice has brought together
scholars from all over the world to debate
issues of relevance to social justice.
From May 17 to 19 the Centre hosted a
conference entitled, “Citizenship,
Identity, and Social Justice.” This
conference was held at the University of
Windsor and was attended by scholars
from the United States, India, Costa Rica,
England and many other countries as well A presentation at the Citizenship, Identity, and Social
Justice Conference.
as Canada. The conference provided an I NSIDE THIS ISSUE :
interdisciplinary forum in which critical
issues and themes related to citizenship, across a range of intersecting debates and
N EW R ESEARCH 3
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identity, and social justice were explored
LGBTQ Y OUTH AND 3
WHAT A YEAR! BY HOWARD PAWLEY F AMILY A LLIANCE F ORMED

On July 1, 2006 I assumed the year, full of activities all aimed at T HE C OMMODIFICATION 4
responsibility for the Acting Directorship stimulating the incentive for research and OF W ATER

of the Centre for Studies in Social Justice activities promoting the pursuit of Social
at the University of Windsor, while Justice (see www.uwindsor.ca/ H IGH S CHOOL F ORUM ON 4
S OCIAL J USTICE
Tanya Basok, the regular Director took socialjustice for a complete list of
her sabbatical. Social justice is one of the activities).
three pinnacles that define the values of E THICAL C ONTRACTING 5
George Washington Carver, an African-
the University of Windsor. It is that American liberated slave who later
commitment to the pursuit of Social S TAYING IN TOUCH WITH 6
became an agricultural specialist said, “No THE C ENTRE
Justice that has been an important factor individual has any right to come into the
in motivating my continued association world and go out of it without leaving C ALL FOR P APERS 7
with the University after 19 years of behind distinct and legitimate reasons for
political experience in Manitoba, having passed through it”. This is surely C OORDINATING 7
including the premiership of that the mission of the Centre: to encourage COMMITTEE AND
province (1981-1988). endeavours and research permitting each
MEMBERSHIP

This has turned out to be a jam-packed ABOUT THE CENTRE 8


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2006 - 2007 IN REVIEW


(Continued from page 1) my call: they didn’t
say whether they
person to reach such heights.
were suggesting
In addition to numerous guest evangelist or actor!
speakers, panel discussions, fora and
Finally the highlight
brown bag seminars, as well as new
research funding received (see of the year for me
articles below), I would be remiss if I was presenting the
Social Justice
did not report that generous
Project of the Year
contributions toward the work of the
Award to the Essex
Centre were received from the
CAW and the Actors Theatre of Area Food Bank.
Windsor (ATW). The untiring work
by Eileen and Ed
The contribution from the ATW was Clifford and over
a result of my participation in their 40 volunteers of the In this photo, Hon. Howard Pawley, Acting Director of the
production of "Inherit the Wind” in food bank to enhance Centre for Studies in Social Justice presents Eileen and Ed
September. This play is about the the lot of the most Clifford with the Social Justice Project of the Year Award.
famous Scopes trial that took place marginalized and
in the 1920s involving the oppressed in society has made an committee for assisting me
contentious issue of creationism or enormous difference in the pursuit of throughout the year.
evolution. I played the role of the Social Justice. Finally, I would like to
evangelical minister cursing the Hon. Howard Pawley served as Acting Director of
thank Nicole Noël the Centre’s the Centre for Studies in Social Justice between
sinners and praying for hellfire to Research Co-ordinator and Irene July 2006 and July 2007.
strike them. Some in the audience Arseneau the Centre’s Administrator
told me afterwards that I had missed as well as our co-ordinating

CENTRE HOSTS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE


(Continued from page 1) Janine Brodie, Professor of Political students giving many of them the
Science at the University of Alberta. opportunity to participate in an
perspectives. Specific paper topics academic conference for the first
Dr. Kofman’s paper dealt with the
included: multiculturalism, unions, polarization of migrants into skilled time.
acculturation, migration and more. and unskilled categories and the This conference was an important
The conference’s keynote speakers consequences of this heightened event for the Centre for Studies in
were two well-known scholars in the stratification for the entitlements and Social Justice as it provided another
area of citizenship studies: Eleonore responsibilities of migrants from opportunity for scholars to share
Kofman, Professor of Gender, diverse backgrounds in Europe. Dr. ideas and network to discuss possible
Migration and Citizenship at Brodie’s paper dealt with the collaborations. We thank all those
Middlesex University in London and development of the social in liberal who attended.
democratic citizenship. Both keynote Brandon Thompson is a student at the University
Human rights and
globalization were the topics
addresses were very well received. of Windsor. He worked at the Centre for Studies
in Social Justice during the Winter 2007 term.
of the Centre’s last Many of the sessions were chaired by
conference in 2005. University of Windsor graduate
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IDRC FUNDS NEW RESEARCH PROJECT RESEARCH MOBILITY, KNOWLEDGE, AND


ON MIGRATION IN LATIN AMERICA SOCIAL JUSTICE SUBJECT OF
NEWS MCRI PROPOSAL
The International Development 2) identify specific forms of Dr. Suzan Ilcan, Professor of Sociology and
Research Centre has provided seed migrant rights advocacy and Canada Research Chair, and her research
funding to bring together migrant rights struggles (strategies team were invited to submit a final grant
researchers from six countries to and discourses), in the context of application to SSHRC’s Major Collaborative
examine migration within Latin effective international protection Research Initiatives (MCRI) program. The
America and Caribbean. This mechanisms, that are most research team received a MCRI
project, led by Dr. Tanya Basok, conducive to improving the rights Development grant for their proposed
examines ways of advancing the of female migrants. research project on Mobility, Knowledge, and
rights of female migrants. The The researchers hope to advance Social Justice. The project involves national
research will include case studies the rights of female migrants in the and international co-investigators,
from Chile, Argentina, Costa Rica, countries under study and beyond. collaborators, research centres, and non-
Mexico and the Dominican Having identified strategies and profit organizations. The University of
Republic. Many of the participants discourses that are most likely to Windsor team members are: Dr. Suzan
in this project also presented at the empower female migrants, the Ilcan (Principal Investigator), Dr. Tanya
Citizenship, Identity, and Social researchers will share the findings Basok (Co-Investigator), Dr. Lynne Phillips
Justice conference which the with advocacy groups and (Co-Investigator), Maya Ruggles (PhD
Centre hosted in May. international human rights student), and Dr. Myra Tawfik (Co-
The major goals of this study are officials. Through consultation Investigator). If the seven year research
to: 1) make a contribution to our with these activists and officials, a grant is successful, the Centre for Studies in
understanding of processes that joint statement will be formulated Social Justice, listed as an institutional
inhibit or advance the social and on how to build strong and more partner in the proposal, will be working
economic integration of female effective networks of support for with several graduate students, post-
migrants into the host society; and and with female migrants. doctoral fellows, and visiting scholars from
around the world.

LGBTQ YOUTH AND FAMILY ALLIANCE FORMED BY SCOTT MATTSON

Consider the following incidents that son, but worries about how others Society (WECAS), in response to the
happened in Essex, Kent, or Lambton may treat him. When she takes him Teen Health Centre’s (THC) concern
County: to counselling, he is labeled as having about the lack of service provision for
A young man of 16 tells his parents a “gender identity disorder” and the sexually diverse youth and families in
that he is gay. After arguing for a few mother is told her son is mentally ill. Windsor and Essex County. Several
She does not want to change him, but service providers and stakeholders
hours, his father kicks him out of the
rather to help him more easily from various organizations were
house at around midnight. Living on
navigate a transphobic world. She has initially invited to be involved in the
the street he is unable to continue
going to high school consistently and no idea where to turn for more development of this committee.
drops out. Eventually, he finds a positive support. The Alliance’s objective is to address
room at a flop house without a lock Incidents like these prompted the the current state of service provision
on his door and crack pipes littering creation of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, for LGBTQ youth in Windsor. Last
the filthy, nonfunctioning bathtub. transgendered, and questioning summer an independent needs
(LGBTQ) Youth and Family Alliance. assessment was commissioned from
A young boy of six tells his mother
This project was initiated by an Applied Social Psychology
that he not only wishes to be a girl—
he is a girl. The mother supports her members of the community, the
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Windsor Essex Children’s Aid
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TAPPING INTO THE COMMODIFICATION OF WATER BY LAURA FERGUSON-WALKER

Water is a natural resource that Nonetheless, customers are subjected Numerous environmental issues are
everyone in the world requires in to a price mark-up that requires them also linked to the production and
order to live. Nevertheless, this basic to pay up to 10,000 times more to consumption of bottled water.
human necessity is being drink commodified tap water that is Pollution is released from the
commodified and privatized by virtually the same as the water factories that manufacture bottles and
beverage corporations. The bottled available from one’s own home. used bottles litter solid waste sites
water industry promotes an ideology For those companies that do employ due to North America’s declining
of ‘clean’ and ‘purified’ water, yet treatment processes, there is no recycling rates for plastic bottles. As
when one investigates how bottling the Polaris Institute notes, the
companies acquire their premium Many bottled water marketing and advertising
water it becomes clear (as water) that corporations draw surrounding bottled water has
rhetoric is used to justify the their water directly allowed beverage corporations to
commercialization of a natural from municipal taps. capitalize on this natural resource by
resource. Many bottled water turning water into a commercial
corporations draw their water guarantee that bottled water is product. Bottled water represents a
directly from municipal taps while healthier than tap water since many certain lifestyle: water has become
others pay nothing at all to extract companies use bromate to purify “America’s most affordable status
water from underground streams. their water: this chemical is symbol.”
considered to be a For social activists who want to
carcinogen. There are support the global water justice
additional health, social movement it is easy to endorse the
and environmental cause: boycott bottled water! By
ramifications resulting using a water canteen and filling it up
from this bottled water with local tap water you are reducing
culture: the bottles unnecessary waste and reclaiming
themselves pose long- water as a resource for all.
term health effects for
consumers due to the Laura Ferguson-Walker is a graduate student
chemicals in the plastic. in Communications and Social Justice.

AREA HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ATTEND SOCIAL JUSTICE FORUM ON THE MEDIA

On May 4, nearly 200 high school students attended a forum entitled, MEDIA: GLOBAL
JUSTICE AND SOCIAL CHANGE . The event was organized by Teachers for Global
Awareness and the Centre for Studies in Social Justice.
The roots of this event go back to 1977, when a group of area teachers organized the first
Human Rights Forum. The intent was to raise awareness of current issues with leading stu-
dents in the public and separate secondary schools, and give them some critical thinking
skills, with a reference to media bias, and alternative sources of information. Both the activ-
ists who presented, and the students enjoyed the experience and this format was used, suc-
cessfully, throughout the 1980s.
The organizers hope that this can once again become an annual event. Given how well-
received the 2007 forum was, it will certainly continue. For more information see: http://
socialjustice.govital.net
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LGBTQ YOUTH AND FAMILY ALLIANCE FORMED


(Continued from page 3) AIDS Committee of Windsor, accessibility of current services
Canadian Mental Health Association, through training workshops. It has
graduate student to:
Centre for Addiction and Mental developed new community resources
- Ascertain whether the current needs Health, Greater Essex County where there are gaps, written grant
of LGBTQ youth are being met; District School Board, House of applications, and continued to
- Assess whether additional services Sophrosyne, Metropolitan increase the number of participating
are required to meet those needs; Community Church of Windsor, organizations.
and, Multicultural Council of Windsor– If you are interested in becoming a
Essex County, Teen Health Centre, member of this alliance, please
- If additional services are needed, Unison Treatment Homes, University
determine what types are required to contact Jodi Pearce (Interim LGBTQ
of Windsor, Windsor Essex
meet their needs. Youth & Family Alliance Chair) at
Children’s Aid Society, Windsor (519) 253-8481, ext. 248, or at
Current membership includes the Essex County Health Unit, Windsor jodi@teenhealthcentre.com.
Pride, and youth representatives from
The LGBTQ Youth & Family the community. Scott Mattson is Director of Health Promotion &
Alliance will be holding a Community Education, AIDS Committee of
community roundtable event Since the time of the needs Windsor and is a member of the Centre for Studies
Tuesday, September 25 at the assessment, the alliance has in Social Justice.
Children’s Aid Society from 6-9 pm.
strengthened the quality and

ETHICAL CONTRACTING AT CANADIAN UNIVERSITIES BY MICHAEL CLASSENS

Ethical contracting is becoming an purchased is in fact manufactured manufacturers of university apparel,


important concern for students at under ethical conditions? and offers comprehensive reports
Canadian Universities. This is where the Workers Rights
available to colleges, universities and
The University of Ottawa and the Consortium (WRC) comes in. The the general public.
Ontario Public Interest Research WRC is a non-profit organization The Designated Suppliers Program
Group (OPIRG), jointly hosted an created by, and comprised of, labour (DSP), developed by the WRC, is an
Ethical Contracting Conference in rights professionals and university initiative meant to enhance the
February, which emphasized the communities. The membership fee enforcement of university codes of
development of practical solutions. (the greater of either $1000 or 1% of conduct. Under this new program,
The conference presented a number gross licensing revenues, paid by university licensees are required to
of panel discussions and workshops, member universities annually) affords source apparel and textiles which
all designed to equip conference the WRC with the resources contain the university’s logo from
participants with a better necessary to inspect participating specific factories which have
understanding of how to realize the displayed a commitment to fair and
There are hundreds of campuses
adoption of an effective ethical across North America either just conditions for workers. Many
contracting code at the students’ already in possession of, or single factories in developing nations
home universities. One central theme working towards, the adoption of tend to produce textiles and apparel
addressed was the ways in which an ethical codes of conduct... for any number of licensed brand
ethical code can be made both names. Thus, before the DSP, fairly
legitimate and effective. That is, if a manufacturers and ensure the traded garments were being
university does adopt an ethical code enforcement of just working produced in the same factories as
of conduct for purchasing, how can conditions at the shop floor level. In sweat shop textiles, creating a
they ensure that the clothing addition, the WRC investigates the volatile work environment and
factory conditions of all
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Ethical Contracting
(Continued from page 5) implement similar safety and wage dedicated students on campus getting
initiatives. ready to approach the Board of
offering factory owners with ample Governors with their ethical code of
There are hundreds of campuses
opportunity to easily skirt their across North America either already conduct for suppliers—inviting the
responsibilities to the WRC. The in possession of or working towards University of Windsor to adopt
DSP facilitates the creation of entire practical solutions to help end
the adoption of ethical codes of
factories dedicated to just working worker rights violations the world
conduct with the WRC.
conditions. This better ensures the over.
Unfortunately, the University of
safety of the workers while Windsor remains a part of the latter Michael Classens is a graduate student in
simultaneously applying pressure to group. There is, however, a group of Communications and Social Justice.
neighboring non-DSP factories to

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wider community. To maybe a few which way works best for you by
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Call for Papers


Studies in Social Justice publishes articles on issues dealing with the Editors: Tanya Basok (University of Windsor), Suzan Ilcan
social, cultural, economic, political, and philosophical problems (University of Windsor), Jeffrey Noonan (University of
associated with the struggle for social justice. This interdisciplinary Windsor). Journal Manager: Nicole Noël (University of
journal aims to publish work that links theory to social change and Windsor).
the analysis of substantive issues. The journal welcomes heterodox
contributions that are critical of established paradigms of inquiry. Editorial Board: Liz Curran (La Trobe University), Franck
Duvell (University of Oxford), Nancy Fraser (The New School
The journal focuses on debates that move beyond conventional for Social Research), Barry Goldson (University of Liverpool),
notions of social justice, and views social justice as a critical concept Carol Gould (George Mason University), Robert Hackett (Simon
that is integral in the analysis of policy formation, rights, Fraser University), David Harvey (City University of New York),
participation, social movements, and transformations. Social justice Jane Helleiner (Brock University), Engin Isin (Open University),
is analysed in the context of processes involving as nationalism, Cecilia Menjivar (Arizona State University), Arun Mukherjee
social and public policy, globalization, diasporas, culture, gender, (York University), Jackie Smith (University of Notre Dame),
ethnicity, sexuality, welfare, poverty, war, and other social Daiva Stasiulis (Carleton University), Gary Teeple (Simon Fraser
phenomena. It endeavours to cover questions and debates ranging University), Sylvia Walby (Lancaster University), and Gordon
from governance to democracy, sustainable environments, and Walker (Lancaster University).
human rights, and to introduce new work on pressing issues of social
justice throughout the world. Learn more at: www.studiesinsocialjustice.org

THE CENTRE FOR STUDIES IN SOCIAL CONTACT US


JUSTICE COORDINATING COMMITTEE Newsletter Editor:
Nicole A. Noël
Tanya Basok Director, Centre for Studies in Social Justice
Gail Campbell Designate for the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Assistant Editor for this issue:
Social Sciences Marianne Haddad
Rupp Carriveau Civil and Environmental Engineering
Anne Forrest Women’s Studies Irene Arseneau,
Rosemary Halford Humanities Research Group Administrative Assistant
Vivian Herzenberg Community Member 251-1 Chrysler Hall South
Suzan Ilcan Sociology and Anthropology Tel: (519) 253-3000 ext. 2326
Brian Mazer Faculty of Law Email: socjust@uwindsor.ca
Melinda Munro City of Windsor
Jeff Noonan Philosophy Tanya Basok, Director
251 Chrysler Hall South
Josette Reaume Faculty of Science
Tel: (519) 253-3000 ext. 3498
Maya Ruggles Graduate Student Representative Email: basok@uwindsor.ca
Leigh West Designate for the Dean of the Faculty of Law
Jim Winter Communication Studies Nicole A. Noël,
Research Co-ordinator
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A BOUT THE C ENTRE FOR S TUDIES IN S OCIAL J USTICE


Following two years of planning by a steering committee, headed by the
Deans of Arts and Social Sciences and Law, the Centre for Studies in Visit our website to
Social Justice came into existence on July 1, 2002. In so doing "social
justice" joined "automotive education and research" and learn more about past
"environmental research" as one of three "pinnacle programme areas"
in which the University of Windsor sought to develop an international and future events
reputation for excellence. The Centre is committed to interdisciplinarity
in research and teaching, and to advocacy. organized by the
The Centre for Studies in Social Justice provides a place for researchers Centre for Studies in
from the University of Windsor and other universities, centres and
institutes, policy makers and community members to: address the Social Justice
causes and impact of widespread social and economic changes; research
the elements that promote or impede social justice; access resources, www.uwindsor.ca/
training, and knowledge; stimulate discussion and debate on social
justice issues; and to formulate recommendations on policies or socialjustice
strategies that could diminish existing injustice.

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