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Social Justice: Books and eBooks

Start your Social Justice research here.

Borrowing or Accessing Books

The McNichols Campus Library building is open. However, due to Covid-19 health and safety protocols, the Library's stacks are closed. If you are interested in checking out a book from the Library stacks, contact the circulation department at the front desk in the Library, email, or call 313-993-1954. A member of the circulation staff will retrieve the book and check it out to you. 

For eBooks, visit the Downloading eBooks tutorial for information on how to access the Library's collection of electronic books. Access requires logging in using your Blackboard username and password. 

Social Justice Related Titles in the Library

Mercy in Action

This book examines what Pope Francis has said, done, and written on six critical social issues today--economic inequality, worker justice, preserving the environment, healthy family life, the plight of refugees, and peacemaking.

Drama and Social Justice

By combining theoretical, historical and practical perspectives, this book unpacks and explores drama's intrinsically entwined relationship with society more comprehensively and critically.

A Guide to Gender (2nd Edition)

It's written for people who want to learn for themselves, educators who are hoping to better communicate themes of gender to others, and activists who want to add a gender equity lens to their vision of justice.

Honest Work

With a unique focus on the personal dimension of ethics, this is a practical overview of the ethical issues students are most likely to face in the workforce.

Locking up Our Own

Forman writes with compassion for African American individuals trapped in terrible dilemmas - from the young Black men and women he defended to Black officials struggling to cope with an impossible situation.

Just Mercy

Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer's coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.

Understanding Mass Incarceration (print and eBook)

Understanding Mass Incarceration offers the first comprehensive overview of the incarceration apparatus put in place by the world's largest jailer: the USA. Drawing on a growing body of academic and professional work, Understanding Mass Incarceration describes ...the many competing theories of criminal justice.

Titles on Racism in the Library

The Sum of Us

"Heather McGhee's specialty is the American economy--and the mystery of why it so often fails the American public. From the financial crisis to rising student debt to collapsing public infrastructure, she found a common root problem: racism." 

Search the Catalog for a Book

Looking for a book in the Library? Search the Library Catalog for books and eBooks. Enter keywords, authors, titles, subjects or other terms to find what you are looking for. Note that you can also find articles and audio visual materials in the Catalog. To limit your results, select Library Catalog (Excludes Articles) from the drop down menu to the right of the search window.

Consider using the Advanced Search option to limit or expand your search further.

Borrow from Another Library

Can't find what you are looking for in our Library? The Library offers interlibrary loan services to University of Detroit Mercy students, faculty, and staff. 

This form allows you to request the title from another Library. Our staff will process your request and let you know when the title arrives at the Library, usually within 7-14 days.

Search Terms

The words you use to search for books and other resources matter. They will determine your search results. Be creative as you develop your list of search terminology. Consider synonyms and try to think of as many ways of saying the same thing as possible. Placing your terms in quotation marks will ensure the term is searched for as a phrase. McNichols Campus librarians are available to help develop search strategies.

Some potential terms that may help your social justice research include:

  • social justice
  • human rights
  • poverty
  • environmental justice
  • racism, sexism, ageism
  • allyship

Social Justice Related eBooks

Free All Along : The Robert Penn Warren Civil Rights Interviews

In 1964, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and poet Robert Penn Warren set out with a tape recorder to interview leaders of the civil rights movement. He spoke with luminaries such as James Baldwin, Martin Luther King Jr., Stokely Carmichael, Ralph Ellison, and Roy Wilkins. In Harlem, a fifteen-minute appointment with Malcolm X unwound into several hours of vivid conversation. A year later, Penn Warren would publish Who Speaks for the Negro?, a probing narrative account of these conversations that blended his own reflections with brief excerpts and quotations from his interviews. The large collection of audiotapes of his conversations, however, remained unknown to the public until rediscovered by scholars in recent years. 

Encyclopedia of Diversity and Social Justice - A-H

This book reveals the unique nature of the language of diversity and social justice and makes the connection between how this language influences--negatively and positively--institutions and society.

No One Eats Alone

Carolan argues that building community is the key to healthy, equitable, and sustainable food..  that real change only happens when we start acting like citizens first and consumers second. No One Eats Alone is a book about becoming better food citizens.

Using Action Inquiry in Engaged Research

Replete with group exercises and case studies, this guide was originally developed to supplement workshops for faculty, administrators and students working on action initiatives that focused on critical educational issues facing local communities.

What's True about Race and Social Change? a Quest for Insight; a Call to Action

Through an analysis grounded in the perspectives of developmental psychology, adaptive leadership and complex systems theory, the inquiry at the heart of this book illuminates dynamics of race and social change in surprising and important ways.

Rethinking Poverty

This book argues that we need to start with the society we want, rather than framing poverty as a problem to be solved. It calls for a bold forward-looking social policy that addresses continuing austerity, under-resourced organisations and a lack of social solidarity.

Disability in Higher Education: A Social Justice Approach

The authors consider the experiences of students, faculty, and staff with disabilities and offer strategies for addressing ableism within a variety of settings, including classrooms, residence halls, admissions and orientation, student organizations, career development, and counseling.

The Morality and Global Justice Reader

This cutting-edge volume of original essays features a diverse, international team of prominent scholars examining issues of morality and justice within a global perspective.