Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
The International Journal of Engineering, Social Justice, and Peace (IJESJP) is not your typical engineering journal. It is “dedicated to the theory and practice of engineering that extends social justice and peace in the world… work[ing] toward engineering practices that enhance gender, racial, class, and cultural equity and are democratic, non-oppressive, and non-violent." It is aimed at engineering educators, practicing engineers, "and a general audience that seeks to better understand the progressive potential of engineering.”
IJESJP is designed to place engineering practice within its local context and to promote community empowerment. Themes examined by the journal include: alternative practices of engineering; mainstream practices “that work at cross purposes to social justice and peace, including the relationship between engineering and dominant economic, government, and cultural institutions;” the relationship between engineering and the publics it serves; and furthering engineering education strategies “aimed at promoting social justice and/or peace, including matters of pedagogy, curricula design, and academic values and institutions.”
As of this writing, four issues of IJESJP have been published, and the flavor of the journal is well demonstrated by the contents of its inaugural issue, Volume 1, Number 1, 2012: “Engineers Engaging with Community: Negotiating Cultural Difference on Mine Sites,” “The Borders of Engineers Without Borders: A Self-Assessment of Ingenieros Sin Fronteras Colombia,” “Social and Environmental Justice for Communities of the Mekong River,” “Engineering and War,” and “Are Engineering and Social Justice (In)commensurable? A Theoretical Exploration of Macro-Sociological Frameworks.”
A truly international/transnational journal, IJESJP will be of interest to libraries serving engineering students and faculty, as well as human rights and social justice researchers and activists.