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The Sourmetal Smell: A Study of Structural Violence in Brazil
In The Sourmetal Smell, I use the biography of Sandro de Nascimento, a former street child who infamously hijacked a Rio city bus in 2001 and was killed by the police officers who arrested him, to analyze structural violence at work in Brazil. I begin, at an international level, by examining the effects on poverty and, partly ...
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 Port Madison Area in the 1870s and 1880s: An Integrated Community
This paper examines the nature of the interactions between the Native American community living on the Port Madison Indian Reservation and the settler community directly across the bay, known as Port Madison, Bainbridge Island. I particularly focus on the period of the 1870s and 1880s, and I argue that the two groups were ...
Justice Denied: Impunity During and After the Salvadoran Civil War
Justice Denied: Impunity During and After the Salvadoran Civil War is an examination of three infamous atrocities of the Salvadoran civil war and attempts to bring the those responsible to justice. The Salvadoran civil war lasted twelve years, from 1980-1992, and resulted in the deaths of approximately 75,000 civilians. The ...
Reinventing Traditionalism: The Influence of Critical Reconstruction on the Shape of Berlin's Friedrichstadt
Critical Reconstruction is an architectural and city planning theory developed by the German architect, Josef Paul Kleihues in the 1960's. This paper explores the theory's application in the Berlin district of Friedrichstadt. The political and historical significance of Critical Reconstruction as a guiding principle for ...
Defunis vs. Odegaard: Another Kind of "Jewish Problem"
When Marco DeFunis sued the University of Washington over its law school admission policies, the case created a rift between the black and Jewish communities in Seattle. A policy to correct discrimination helped the African American community, while reminding the Jewish community uncomfortably of the way in which quotas had ...
Beyond the Mosque Walls: Legal Constructions 'Apostasy' and 'Blasphemy' in Egypt's Public Sphere
Apostasy, or the renunciation of belief, was criminalized in Egypt in the 1990's. What followed was a robust debate in the public sphere about the issue. This paper analyzes the Egyptian press to find substantial evidence that public debate is widespread, contrary to commonly-held assumptions about the Muslim world.
Invisible Lives: Stories of Innovation and Transition
Despite rapid economic growth, huge slums persist in Mumbai, India. This paper examines the underlying reasons, looking in particular at Asia's, and possibly the world's, largest slum, Dharavi. In a collusion between India's government and the educated elite, slum dwellers are considered people in transition. For their part, ...
The Right to be Different: Film, French Identity, and the National Space of French North Africans
My thesis “The Right to be Different: Film, French Identity, and the National Space of French North Africans” asks two questions: Why do French North Africans continue to face high levels of prejudice and social marginalization even as they attempt to fulfill all the requirements of Republican French identity? How do film ...
Wuxia Film: A Qualitative Perspective of Chinese Legal Consciousness
I conduct a close reading of wuxia film, a source neglected in discussions about legal consciousness despite expressing implicit commentary on the issue, by analyzing shifts between the 1980/1990s and post-2001 in the characterization of the protagonist and the visual composition of the films. I argue that changes in the ...