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Case Study Analysis : Development Debates in Indigenous Costa Rica

April 27, 2017

Pages: 7

The case study “Development Debates at a Town Meeting in Indigenous Costa Rica” records a community debate over whether or not to bring a mining business to Di Tsi, an indigenous reservation in Talamanca, Costa Rica. The indigenous Bribri tribe of Di Tsi received an offer from a Canadian mining company with beneficial economic and social development opportunities for their village of about 700 people. To make the decision, dozens of village members came together to hear community organizations and members speak their piece on the investment offer.

The Bribri, living in the poorest region ranked by per capita income in Costa Rica, are divided over the economic style of development in their village. The division is primarily between grassroots organization workers and pro-mining residents. The pro-mining residents have means to make a living outside of grassroots organizing and live in poorer, less economically advantaged positions in the Bribri community, in comparison to the organizers who typically own more land.

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Social Research: The Education Reform Movement

April 24, 2017

Pages: approx. 11

The education reform movement aims to remodel the United States (US) education system, earning all students equally accessible and sufficient educational opportunities. While the fight for failing educational systems in Philadelphia is an ongoing effort, it appears today the movement is up against factors beyond local control due to the latest educational budget proposals set forth by Betsy DeVoss, US Secretary of Education. This budget proposal would funnel federal funds into charter schools and harm financially suffering public schools. Philadelphia high school math teacher Sarah Munson remarked to me she was looking for a new school to teach at because hers is closing this year. She continued to say that more schools were going up too; charter schools. The fight today is not only about bringing underserved public schools equal funding, but about keeping those schools open.

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Media Analysis: Uncovered: Victim-Blaming and Guilt in Jessica Jones

March 27, 2016

Pages: 4

After watching the first episode of Jessica Jones “AKA Ladies Night”, I concluded that Marvel’s efforts in creating a series with a central female character was a success in breaking  gender stereotypes often portrayed in media. The main character, Jessica Jones, is a keen, hard-drinking private eye with super strength powers. Among her, are other female characters who establish strong roles in the first episode, foreseeing their future importance in the series. The first, Hogarth, is a lawyer who independently hires Jessica to take on cases her firm cannot handle and the second, Trish, is Jessica’s best friend who is New York’s number one talk show host. The last female character introduced though, Hope, is passive, and portrays the saving and punishing binary in the first episode. With this, although Jessica Jones does disrupt many gender stereotypes, an oppositional reading of this show is that the villain, Kilgrave, who wreaks havoc in order to reach his goal of attaining Jessica’s love, forcefully exploits people and in doing so, continually punishes Jessica through her attempts to save herself and others, starting with Hope.

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