Namibian Journal of Social Justice


An introduction


Namibia continues to be one of the most unequal nations of the face of the earth and the root cause of this inequality being apartheid colonialism followed by the post-colonial neoliberal policy path. What has happened in post-colonial Namibia is exactly what characterised many capitalist societies globally whereby the capitalist state is able to produce and reproduce its own intellectuals who seek to justify and rationalise the neoliberal order – the very order that produces inequality.

Such neoliberal intellectuals dominate the intellectual space today. They form a strategic alliance with capitalist forces and state functionaries to maintain the neoliberal order. There is therefore an urgent need for leftist thinkers to contribute to alternative ideas and practices that will lead to significant improvements in the lives of the masses impacted by poverty and inequality. In doing so, leftist intellectuals and social justice academics must create their own spaces apart from contesting ideas within the existing spaces dominated by the neoliberal dogma.

The Namibian Journal of Social Justice (NJSJ) was established in 2021 as an open-source publication to create a space for contesting the mainstream ideas that underpin the global capitalist neoliberal order. The NJSJ serves as an intellectual platform for social justice academics and activists in Namibia who want to critically question that order and search for alternatives. Its ideological grounding is unapologetically left as it wants to be a teaching and learning instrument for academics, teachers, students, workers, youth activists, policy makers and others who are willing to wage the struggle for social justice in Namibia.

The NJSJ does not pretend nor assume an “open for all” character. It will promote a critical leftist analysis and ideas which will advance the struggle for social justice in Namibia. In doing so, the journal will uphold the principles of academic meticulousness and seek quality academic research output and analyses on social justice and related issues. At the same time, it will remain open to different forms of contributions (including opinion pieces, photo essays etc.) and prioritise substance over form. In other words, the NJSJ will not only accept academic articles of high quality but it will also publish activist accounts of struggles in Namibia, Africa and globally.
The Journal is published by the Economic and Social Justice Trust (ESJT). an organisation of volunteers dedicated to the achievement of economic and social justice (www.esjtnam.org).

The journal has its own board which constitutes the editorial collective in charge of identifying the themes of each edition and soliciting articles from academics and activists alike. The editorial collective consists of the following persons:

Prof. Lucy Edwards-Jauch is the current editor in chief. She is a social justice activist with a focus on gender justice, an associate professor of Sociology. She has published widely on various topics related to gender justice.

Dr Job Shipululo Amupanda, the deputy dean of the faculty of economics and management science at the University of Namibia and a co-founder and leader of the Affirmative Repositioning (AR) movement, a movement set up by youth activists.

Dr Guillermo Delgado, an architect and housing activist who has worked in several research, design, and cultural projects, focused on issues of land rights, housing, urbanization, and inclusive socio-spatial practices.

Prof. Trywell Kalusopa, an associate professor in UNAM’s Department of Information & Communication Studies and a Research Fellow at the University of Zululand (UNIZULU). His main research interests include labour and employment as well as labour market information systems.

Ms Rinaani Musutua, a corporate communications professional with international experience in designing and implementing communications strategies for various organisations. She plays a key role in Namibia’s Basic Income Grant (BIG)

Mr Martin Namupala, a master of architecture graduate and practising urbanist with a specific focus on spatial justice, informality and trade-based livelihoods

Ms Ndeshi Namupala, a lecturer in Sociology at the University of Namibia whose research interests include labour issues, social protection, gender and youth and dynamics of social structure in Namibia

Dr Ellison Tjirera, a lecturer in UNAM’s Department of Sociology with academic interests in urban studies, post-apartheid societies, parliamentary democracy, gender studies and governance issues