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Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
Alternate Routes is a public academic journal committed to “creating outlets for critical social research and interdisciplinary inquiry…, work[ing] closely with labour and social justice researchers to promote the publication of non-traditional, provocative and progressive analyses that may not find a forum in conventional academic venues.” The editors encourage submissions that “advance or challenge theoretical, historical and contemporary socio-political, economic and cultural issues.” They publish scholarly articles, interventions (“internally reviewed articles and / or interviews discussing contested political or theoretical issues and subjects”), and reviews of books and media, as well as interviews, short commentaries, poetry, drawings, and photographic essays. Most issues are special-themed. The editors note that submissions must be “free of racist or sexist language, have limited technical or specialized terms and be written in a style that is accessible to our diverse readership.”
The theme of the most recently-available issue (Volume 28, 2017), is “Austerity Urbanism and the Social Economy.” It offers six articles: “Austerity Urbanism and the Social Economy,” “Settling on Austerity: ISAs, Immigrant Communities and Neoliberal Restructuring,” “"You Got to Make the Numbers Work": Negotiating Managerial Reforms in the Provision of Employment Support Service,” “Alternatives to the Low Waged Economy: Living Wage Movements in Canada and the United States,” “Does Participatory Budgeting Lead to Local Empowerment? The Case of Chicago, IL,” and “Against Housing: Homes as a Human Life Requirement.” The issue also contains six interventions: “Austerity Governance and the Welfare Crisis in Montreal,” “Toronto Alles Uber: Being Progressive in the Age of Progressive Conservative Urbanism,” “Redefining "Renewel" in Toronto's High-Rise Suburbs,” “A Beautiful Community, But a Troubled City: Flint's Water Crisis,” “Do Efforts to Mitigate Gentrification Work? Evidence from Washington DC,” and “The University in the City: The Campus as a Space of Dependence and Engagement in the Age of Austerity.”
Authors and subjects are predominantly from Canada and the United States, but the material to be found here will be of interest to a broader group of researchers. Alternate Routes will be useful to researchers across the social sciences, especially those working in labor and social justice research.