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Journal Cover Humanity & Society
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     ISSN (Print) 0160-5976
     Published by Sage Publications Homepage  [753 journals]
  • A Sincere Thanks from the Editorial Office and Moving Forward
    • Authors: Embrick, D. G; Henricks, K.
      Pages: 363 - 364
      PubDate: 2014-11-10T00:58:37-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0160597614558187|hwp:resource-id:sphas;38/4/363
      Issue No: Vol. 38, No. 4 (2014)
  • Terrorizing Violence and the Iraq War: Civilian Victimization,
           Humanitarian Norms, and Social Science
    • Authors: Bonds; E.
      Pages: 365 - 387
      Abstract: The extent to which global humanitarian norms can matter in terms of nation-state behavior is a much-debated topic among those who study the international order. This article argues that even long-standing and deeply held norms outlawing the targeting of civilians in war have not stopped the United States from regularly using such violence. In particular, this article examines two instances of what is described as terrorizing violence—targeting civilians in order to create fear or cause intimidation—in the Long Iraq War: the sanctions regime from 1990 to 2002 and the U.S. counterinsurgency strategy used after the 2003 invasion. These cases demonstrate the need for a theoretical perspective that places humanitarian norms within a larger cost–benefit analysis war makers use when considering the deployment of violence. U.S. officials make decisions about war and peace in an economy of political risk. They may choose to undertake policies that violate humanitarian norms when they believe that there could be gains, provided that the potential losses can be kept low if such violence is carried out indirectly or through other less discernible means. Social scientists have important work to do in terms of calling attention to terrorizing violence and bringing it into the light.
      PubDate: 2014-11-10T00:58:37-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0160597614543740|hwp:master-id:sphas;0160597614543740
      Issue No: Vol. 38, No. 4 (2014)
  • Pushed by Angels and Hellbent on Better: Mothers Describe Getting to the
           Other Side of Family Homelessness
    • Authors: Sandy; M.
      Pages: 388 - 413
      Abstract: How families overcome homelessness receives much less research attention than risk factors for becoming homeless. Qualitative focus groups with 14 formerly homeless women were held in diverse neighborhoods in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Grounded in an ecological approach and employing a hermeneutic research design, this study includes their perspectives regarding factors that facilitated successful rehousing. The method was also trauma informed, and specific recommendations for research with this population are offered. The results are divided into two sections. The first identifies factors associated with successfully transitioning out of homelessness. These included perceived benefits of overcoming homelessness, connecting to social services, and the seemingly randomness of stabilization. Second, participants’ recommendations for supporting homeless families are offered. These included the removal of common barriers to housing by addressing poor credit and criminal records; reforming payee systems; providing mediated peer-mentoring programs; ensuring equitable access to emergency shelter for women who become homeless but are not in another risk category (e.g., addiction); offering supportive services in community agency settings; and ensuring that schools are better prepared to assist homeless families. These women also expressed a desire to participate in the broader political realm to have a greater say about the institutions that impact their lives.
      PubDate: 2014-11-10T00:58:37-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0160597614543741|hwp:master-id:sphas;0160597614543741
      Issue No: Vol. 38, No. 4 (2014)
  • Neoliberalism and the Commodification of Mental Health
    • Authors: Esposito, L; Perez, F. M.
      Pages: 414 - 442
      Abstract: This article contributes to the existing literature on neoliberalism as an ideological hegemonic project by addressing how the image of social reality it advances normalizes the medicalization of human life. Because success, virtue, and happiness in a neoliberal market society are often associated with material wealth, prestige, and "coming out on top," it follows that normalcy itself is typically conceived along these reified objectives. Acquiring services and/or products that might aid people to meet these results is thus viewed as benevolent and perhaps even indispensable in the pursuit of a fulfilling and productive life. What this also suggests is that integration, mental health, and human well-being become largely functions of consumerism. We address how an emphasis on medicalization, particularly the use of psychotropic drugs, can be traced to the psychopharmacological revolution of the mid-twentieth century and its obsession with situating illness within the individual. We then address how this obsession with medicalization and the tendency to treat "mental illness" as a problem within the individual continues to be supported within the prevailing neoliberal logic that downplays the social realm, treats individuals as self-contained agents, and pathologizes thoughts and behaviors that deviate from what the market defines as functional, productive, or desirable.
      PubDate: 2014-11-10T00:58:37-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0160597614544958|hwp:master-id:sphas;0160597614544958
      Issue No: Vol. 38, No. 4 (2014)
  • Framing, Persuasion, Messaging, and Messengers: How the Death Penalty
           Abolition Movement Succeeded in New Jersey
    • Authors: Hoover, A; Cunningham, K.
      Pages: 443 - 467
      Abstract: The New Jersey Death Penalty Abolition Movement (DPAM) developed a pragmatic strategy that effectively communicated the argument for replacing capital punishment with life without parole, and the state of New Jersey repealed the death penalty by legislative action, on December 17, 2007. This case study analyzes the issue frames and messages used by the movement, and the possible lessons for movements in other states working to repeal the death penalty. Interviews with key stakeholders in the movement indicated which frames were used most frequently and effectively. Implications for the broader DPAM nationally include the power of the issue frames of murder victims’ families who oppose the death penalty, innocent people on death row, and law enforcement opposition to the death penalty, among others.
      PubDate: 2014-11-10T00:58:37-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0160597614544957|hwp:master-id:sphas;0160597614544957
      Issue No: Vol. 38, No. 4 (2014)
  • Book Review: Racial Beachhead: Diversity and Democracy in a Military Town
    • Authors: Vila; L. K.
      Pages: 468 - 470
      PubDate: 2014-11-10T00:58:37-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0160597614543743|hwp:resource-id:sphas;38/4/468
      Issue No: Vol. 38, No. 4 (2014)
  • Book Review: Race and Gender in the Classroom: Teachers, Privilege, and
           Enduring Social Inequalities
    • Authors: Walther; C. S.
      Pages: 471 - 473
      PubDate: 2014-11-10T00:58:37-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0160597614543742|hwp:resource-id:sphas;38/4/471
      Issue No: Vol. 38, No. 4 (2014)
  • Book Review: Women Attorneys & the Changing Workplace: High Hopes, Mixed
    • Authors: Skiffer; L. T. E.
      Pages: 474 - 476
      PubDate: 2014-11-10T00:58:37-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0160597614554213|hwp:master-id:sphas;0160597614554213
      Issue No: Vol. 38, No. 4 (2014)
  • Multimedia Review: But Isn't Love Enough? A Review of Oxygen's I'm
           Having Their Baby (2012-)
    • Authors: Goss; D. R.
      Pages: 477 - 479
      PubDate: 2014-11-10T00:58:37-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0160597614554059|hwp:master-id:sphas;0160597614554059
      Issue No: Vol. 38, No. 4 (2014)
  • Podcast Review: Yo, Is This Racist? Racial Discourse and Comedic
           Articulations of Systemic Racism
    • Authors: Rosino; M. L.
      Pages: 480 - 482
      PubDate: 2014-11-10T00:58:37-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0160597614554060|hwp:resource-id:sphas;38/4/480
      Issue No: Vol. 38, No. 4 (2014)
    • Authors: Ware; M. A.
      Pages: 483 - 486
      PubDate: 2014-11-10T00:58:37-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0160597614554058|hwp:resource-id:sphas;38/4/483
      Issue No: Vol. 38, No. 4 (2014)
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