heteronormNAIVETÉ: What sexuality is this place?
Senior-Friendly NYC: Senior Access to Senior Centers
toxiCITY — Environmental Injustice in Los Angeles County: Linking Toxic Chemicals to Disadvantaged Minority Health (Undergraduate Honors Thesis in Political Science)
In this article, I examine the distribution of toxic hazards across Los Angeles County. To do so, I construct a multivariate GIS model at the census tract-level using exposure surrogates chosen to represent ambient toxic chemical exposure. I ask whether the way we design cities discriminates against the health of racial minority and low-income residents by analyzing demographics and medical mechanisms of toxicity. I first explore the validity and reliability of toxic exposure measures used in existing environmental justice literature. While most previous studies employ the use of a single toxicity variable, I evaluate a range of surrogates and assemble a novel index of urban toxicity. In so doing, I question the bivariate construction of extant environmental justice models (whether at least one toxic hazard is present in an area or not) and suggest the importance of scrutinizing the density of toxic chemicals in urban areas. I conclude that 1) Latino and African American residents are significantly more likely to live near toxic hazards, 2) low-income households are disproportionately located in toxic neighborhoods, but 3) the relationship to aggregate ambient toxic exposure is not clear. I explain how careful separation of residential and industrial zones, innovative architectural designs and planning principles, and efforts to cut manmade emissions could further both local and global environmental justice efforts (Pepperdine Digital Commons).
Ugly Drunks: The Impact of Alcohol on International Negotiations
Economic Empowerment of Women in Latin America via Substantive Representation in Politics
Latin America is one of the leading regions in terms of women’s descriptive representation in politics. However, there is a paucity of research on whether this increase in descriptive representation of women has led to significant economic empowerment of women via substantive representation (i.e. the ability to translate political power into relevant policy enactment). I specifically ask, (1) to what extent does increased descriptive representation of women in Latin America lead to substantive representation of women (as measured by the passage and debate of legislation pertaining to gender concerns), and (2) in what ways does the passage and debate of legislation pertaining to gender concerns lead to the increased economic empowerment of women in Latin America?
Bride & Prejudice: Analyzing the Cultural Dimensions of Bollywood
Geert Hofstede defines culture as “the collective programming of the mind distinguishing the members of one group or category of people from others.” Even within a single culture, groups are always diverse. Microcultures involve a commonality within a specific class, race, ethnicity, gender, or similar classification. Cross-cultural conflict arises when two or more people with dissimilar life experiences communicate—and each individual tries to impose his or her own perspective of a fact pattern on the culture of the other parties. In the case of Bride and Prejudice, Lalita Bakshi and Will Darcy repeatedly try to apply standards from one culture onto the practices of another culture. In this paper I argue that although Lalita and Darcy continually focus on the partition created by conflicting cultures, each learns to cherish the diversity of multiculturalism as they find love across continents.