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La Lucha por el Agua, la Lucha por la Vida: The Political Economy of Water Privatization in Cochabamba, Bolivia
This paper examines the failure of the attempt to privatize the water utilities in the city of Cochabamba, Bolivia. A large popular uprising against dramatically rising costs for water was not effectively managed by a weak central government.
Shipbreaking at Alang, India: “What is the right thing for this place?”
As ship scrapping became more difficult in Western countries due to regulation and high employee costs, companies outsourced to India and Bangladesh. This paper focuses on the Alang shipbreaking yard, where workers have few protections and the work is done with hand tools. Complex questions of international legal regimes, ...
Drug Wars: South Africa’s Embattled Mother-to-Child Transmission Prevention Policy
The government of post-apartheid South Africa refused to dispense antivirals to HIV-infected mothers to prevent transmission of the disease to their children. This paper examines the logic of that policy in the context of the African National Congress' long experience resisting apartheid.
Girls Just Want To Have Fun: American and Japanese Evaluations of the Japanese Moga During the Interwar Years
Modan garu or moga describes the young Japanese women in the 1920's who adopted dress and customs akin to those of the flappers in the United States. The moga represented a break with the established role of women in Japanese society, and as such, were the topic of both scholarly and popular commentators. This paper examines ...
Remembering Laughter and Tears In a Drawer: Music as a Response to Soviet Repression
After World War II, Stalin reimposed censorship on cultural expressions. Shostakovich responded to repression by incorporating references to his own and Jewish works in his music. His work, From Jewish Folk Poetry, is closely examined.
Chairman Mao: Great Leader, Great Teacher, Great Supreme Commander, Great Helmsman and the Great Leap Forward
The Great Leap Forward brought famine and other disasters to China, but did not impair Mao's standing with the Chinese people. This paper explores how the Hundred Flowers Campaign prepared the population for acceptance rather than protest.
Tapping into Culture: Examining a Post-Conflict Microfinance Approach in Huambo, Angola
The paper is a case study of the postwar economic reconstruction activities of Development Workshop in Angola. By employing the tool of microfinance and working within the cultural context of the Ovimbundu people, Development Workshop successfully assisted in the society's rebuilding. This approach is in contrast to that of ...
Rationality of Inaccurate Science: Britain, Cholera and the Pursuit of Progress in 1883
An 1883 cholera epidemic in Egypt had British officials struggling to prove that the disease had originated in that country, rather than from a British ship. A reading of primary materials from the era suggest that England wished to be seen as a rational and scientific power, in contrast to its protectorate, and did so in the ...
Clad in Plaid: Finding the Nation in Sir Walter Scott’s Waverley
Sir Walter Scott is the de facto national author of the Scots, writing from the early 19th century and still sending significant ripples across contemporary society despite modernity and globalization being issued from the bi-centennial gap. It is the purpose of this paper to examine the meticulous lengths Scott took in ...
The Green Press: Mass Media and the U.S. Environmental Movement 1945-1975
The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times played major roles in raising awareness of air pollution in the postwar period. This paper examines the coverage these newspapers gave to air pollution and the ways in which their readers' response led to the rise of the Green Movement and environmental legislation ...