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The Wicked Problem of Violences in Mad Places/Spaces and People

Mary Chydiriotis, Ron Pretty, Jules Koch, Graham Rowlands, Sarah Tobhi Motha, Ariel Riveros Pavez, Jim Arkell, Ros Stygall, Natalie Harman, Kate Galloway, John Clammer, Marilyn Palmer, Chris Dawber, Matt Dilges, Alex Dyer, James Campbel, Ann Ingamells, Chloe Warrell, Robyn Kemble, Bernie Waterhouse, Michael Burbank, Dyann Ross

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The moral sophistication and social justice of a society might be measured, if it were possible to measure such things, in the manner in which we treat our most vulnerable people, animals and ecosystems. Issues that relate to the social and moral order of society may be experienced as private troubles but they are ultimately social issues requiring social responses (Mills 1959: 8). The nature of the issues explored in this issue of Social Alternatives is at the centre of many of the socioeconomic, environmental and spiritual challenges of our time. Further, the issues are of an order that defy one dimensional explanations, readily agreeable priorities, language that can only express the sayable, simple solutions that will hold over time for everyone impacted, and our various investments in the issues discussed. As such, the topic of violences in mad places, spaces and people constitutes a wicked problem which refers to ‘concerns emerging from the uncertain and complex interactions between economic, social and environmental systems’ (Palmer 2015: in press n.p.) for which there are no obvious final answers.


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