Youth Voice Journal (YVJ) is an international, multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal that publishes theoretical contributions and empirical studies on international issues affecting young people. YVJ is published by IARS Publications, a member of COPE. YVJ is ranked and indexed by Scopus, ORCID, Kudos, Criminal Justice Abstracts, EBSCO Information Services and The European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS).
Ask any first year psychology student and they will tell you that for any individual to develop their potential and thrive, first there needs to be a sense of self-pride and a set of personal goals. Remove these and independently of the social, societal, biological, political factors that may be evoked, we should expect to see a life of underachievement. We develop these goals and aspirations though a mixture of factors such as our parents, role models, our peers and teachers. But we first have to believe in ourselves. However, society and the modern educational, justice, social, healthcare infrastructures start from the premise that if we are accessing a public service, then we must have a problem; it is not because we are simply pursuing our ambitions. Inequality and injustice have so far been treated as top down targets shaped and informed by populists and politicians. So, a book that helps us stretch our imagination and challenge/ question ourselves about the role of society and the underlying causes of injustice is indeed welcomed.
Dorling, D. (2011). Injustice: why social inequality persists, Bristol: Policy Press, ISBN:978-1-84742-720-5, £9.99 (paperback), 403 pages.
Reviewed by Dr. Theo Gavrielides, Founder and Director of Independent Academic Research Studies (IARS), Visiting Professor in Youth Policy at Buckinghamshire New University.
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