Help! This is one of my ideas for an area of cultural or applied anth to specialize in, and I want to start researching it thoroughly...
Does anybody know of any literature that focuses on systems of justice/methods of maintaining social harmony in stateless societies (preferably societies with little to no hierarchy in their social organization).
What I'm really looking for is alternatives to prisons, courts, police, military.
I'm an anth/journalism undergrad who's finished the anth coursework, and am trying to see what research is out there on this, don't know where or with whom to start (besides Harold Barclay). Obviously there will be certain sections of books by cultural anth's that deal with the topic for a given culture, but what'd be even better is studies, key researchers, publications or organizations geared towards the topic.
An article from February. This reminded me so much of Flowers for Algernon
'Retarded' killer faces return to death row after raising IQ
By Andrew Buncombe in Washington
07 February 2005
A prisoner, who won a landmark case in which the US Supreme Court ruled that mentally retarded prisoners could not be executed, could find himself back on death row because his IQ has improved as a result of working on his defence.( Read More...Collapse )
(Update: He got the chair.)
October 20, 2005 - Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has announced that his office will specifically target "bestiality, urination, defecation, as well as sadistic and masochistic behavior" in pursuing new obscenity prosecutions. The Department of Justice began recruiting in late July for a new anti-obscenity squad to pursue obscenity prosecutions, and the FBI announced in September that it was forming an anti-obscenity task force to crack down on pornography.
Any website that has content containing "bestiality, urination, defecation, as well as sadistic and masochistic behavior" should be forewarned that prosecution is possible. Additionally, Federal sentencing guidelines state that any obscenity-related punishment should be "enhanced for sadomasochistic material."( Read more...Collapse )
There has been a recent rash of hate crimes in the town where I go to school. The attached articles are about two of the attacks. What's underneath it is just a commentary on things that it's made me consider.Harassment and fear for one student in Elrod Hall( Read more...Collapse )Random assault Saturday night sends one man to emergency room( Read more...Collapse )Police seeking information about attack( Read more...Collapse )This bothers me for several reasons. 1)
The obvious violence and the fact that one of the guys who was beaten is a friend of some friends.2)
WTF! This is supposed to be a peaceful little college town. Sure, people get rowdy and stupid too, but random HATE CRIMES? (Sadly, it's not unprecidented in the Bitterroot, or in Missoula.)3)
(and this one is really scarey) They've yelled at ME.
I don't think it was those kids specifically. But more than once, I've been just walking down the street and someone will yell something hateful at me from a passing car. Sometimes it's just "Go back to where you came from!" Other times it's more obscene. I never respond. I never even look up. But it's been happening more and more frequently lately.
I have short hair and I'm not particularly girly... but that's never been a problem for me before.4)
We were talking about it at the shop yesterday and were pretty much in agreement; we don't think this is entirely about homophobia. I think the terms fag
have a prejorative meaning that isn't necessarily linked to one's sexuality. This is about angry young boys.
I've had occasion to talk to some Montanans about the changes they see happening in their state.
There are ALOT of people moving here from other places because the cost of living is low, the water and air are relatively clean, and they can finally have the care-free lifestyle they want.( Read more...Collapse )
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OCT. 7 8:12 A.M. ET A Singapore court Friday sentenced two ethnic Chinese to prison for posting racist remarks about ethnic Malays on the Internet, in what is considered a landmark case underscoring the government's attempts to crack down on racial intolerance and regulate online expression.
Animal shelter worker Benjamin Koh Song Huat, 27, was jailed for one month while Nicholas Lim Yew, an unemployed 25-year-old, was sentenced to a nominal prison term of one day and fined the maximum 5,000 Singapore dollars ($2,969) for racist comments against the minority Malay community.
"Racial and religious hostility feeds on itself," said Senior District Judge Richard Magnus in passing sentence.
"Young Singaporeans ... must realize that callous and reckless remarks on racial or religious subjects have the potential to cause social disorder, in whatever medium or forum they are expressed," he said.( Read more...Collapse )
LONDON (Reuters) - Britons are the most prolific shoplifters in Europe, a survey published Wednesday showed.
They stole 3.58 billion pounds of goods from their nation's shops last year, the equivalent of 1.59 percent of British retail turnover.
Razor blades were the most stolen item followed by alcohol and toiletries, according to the British-based Center for Retail Research.
Finland had the second worst shoplifting problem followed by Portugal and Greece while the Swiss were the most disciplined shoppers, the survey showed. Theft accounted for 0.89 percent of Swiss retail turnover.
In all, Europeans stole 30.8 billion euros worth of goods from their stores last year -- 71.5 euros per person.
Customers were blamed for 48 percent of the thefts, staff for 29 percent and suppliers for 7 percent.
The survey covered 423 retailers in 24 countries, accounting for 20 percent of European retail turnover.
Concerns Grow Over Executions in China By Mark Magnier Times Staff Writer
Wed Sep 28, 7:55 AM ET
HULOU, China — Zhang Huanzhi, 61, hugs a small mound of dirt that holds her son's ashes. Tears and mucous stream from her face as she cries out in pain: Why us, why our boy, why such injustice?
A few months ago, a state-run newspaper reported that someone else had confessed to the rape and murder for which her son had been executed. For years, few had listened as she insisted that Nie Shubin, 20, had been tortured into a false confession, then convicted after a two-hour trial. The only evidence of any note, she says, was the account of a witness who saw someone near the crime scene riding a blue bicycle. Nie owned a blue bicycle.
Jerusalem, Justice and Rituals to be explored
Sunday, September 18th
Brooklyn, New York
On Sunday, Sept 18th, 1:30pm the Fourth Annual Dialogue Project Interfaith Study Session will take place at Grace Episcopal Church, 254 Hicks St. in Brooklyn Heights.
This event creates an open, neutral environment where controversial issues are explored with teachers from varying denominations and perspectives from Judaism, Islam and Christianity. Participants sit in small circles and engage the teacher in conversation and utilizing reflections and deep listening skills they have developed through dialogues on Palestine and Israel.
Teachers this year include Rabbi Micah Kelber, a newcomer to the Bay Ridge Jewish Center, Pastor Khader El-Yateem from Salem Arabic Lutheran Church, Rabbi Ellen Lippman of the Congregation Kolot Chayeinu, Rabbi Simcha Weintraub of the Jewish Healing Center, Rev. Daniel Meeter from First Reformed Church, Rev. David Rommereim from Good Shepard Lutheran Church and Pastor Stephen Muncie of Grace Church. Imam Omar Abu Namous from the Islamic Cultural Center will lead a session along with Dr. Ahmed Jaber of the Arab American Association and Hamid Abdeljaber, doctoral student of International Relations at the Graduate Center of City University of New York.
The Grace Church, Episcopal, 254 Hicks Street (between Joralemon and Grace Court), can be reached by the 2,3,4,5, or R to Borough Hall. For more information on The Dialogue Project please visit www.thedialogueproject.org.
This is a citywide event that has attracted many community partners including:
The Arab American Association of New York, Bay Ridge Jewish Center, Congregation Kolot Chayeinu, Brooklyn Heights Synagogue, Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, Dawood Mosque, St. Andrews Church, R.C., Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Old First Reformed Church, Muslim American Society-NY Chapter, The Yemeni American Association, St. Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral, Salam Arabic Lutheran Church