Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
Published online twice a year, the Journal of Critical Anti-Oppressive Social Inquiry is an interdisciplinary title publishing work that “foreground[s] critical forms of social inquiry, research and practice.” Material to be found here will include original articles, art work, critical practice inquiries, and conceptual pieces about Anti-Oppressive Practice (AOP), Ageism, Anti-Black Racism, Anti-Capitalism, Anti-Colonization, Anti-Racism, Decolonization, Fat Studies, Feminism(s), Intersectionality, Labor Studies, Mad Studies, Queer Studies, Radical/Critical Disability work, Trans Studies, and related topics. The journal seeks submissions from academics, activists, advocates, front-line workers, researchers, scholars, and students who participate in critical social inquiry.
A single issue of the journal, Volume 1, Issue 1, 2014 is available at the time of this review; it is entitled, “Reclaiming AOP: Towards new critical stances.” It opens with this Welcome: “Welcome to CAOS: the editorial team at CAOS is delighted to launch our first issue of the journal. In this issue we explore what it is to reclaim anti-oppressive practice, to push it into new territories and to work with its contradictions.”
Articles in the issue include: “Examining Social Work as a Canadian Settler Colonial Project,” “The Contours of Anti-Black Racism: Engaging Anti-Oppression from Embodied Spaces,” “Queering the Sociology of Diagnosis: Children and the Constituting of ‘Mentally Ill’ Subjects,” “Biographical Erasure as Oppression,” “Domestic Violence in South Asian Communities in the GTA: Critical Perspectives of Community Activists and Service Providers,” and “Occupying Social Work: Unpacking Connections and Contradictions in the Social Work/Activist Divide.” They were written by faculty and graduate students from various Canadian universities, and, although they are focused on Canadian subjects, many of the social work issues they address will be of global interest.
This is a non-mainstream, academic journal that will be relevant to a general audience as well, given the subjects explored. I urge librarians serving populations working and studying in a wide array of social work and public policy areas to follow the development of this new title and recommend it to your researchers.