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The Informal Recycler In Shanghai: Mobility, Migration And Citizenship, Adam Stokes Williams 2010 University of Colorado Boulder

The Informal Recycler In Shanghai: Mobility, Migration And Citizenship, Adam Stokes Williams

Geography Graduate Theses & Dissertations

As social and economic realities shift in China's post-reform era, increasing instability for the country's hundreds of millions of migrant workers. The recent, dramatic growth of informal markets for recyclable waste represents a valuable opportunity for geographers to reinterpret how migrant labor is transforming urban identities. This thesis argues for a grounded study of informal recycling in Shanghai, now the world's largest receiving port for recyclables as well as hundreds of thousands of domestic migrants. Perhaps more than any other class in the Chinese labor forces, migrant workers participating in informal urban markets face myriad social and ...


Language And Place, Barbara Johnstone 2010 Carnegie Mellon University

Language And Place, Barbara Johnstone

Department of English

No abstract provided.


New Questions For Chinese Discourse Studies: Language, Space, And Place, Barbara Johnstone 2010 Carnegie Mellon University

New Questions For Chinese Discourse Studies: Language, Space, And Place, Barbara Johnstone

Department of English

No abstract provided.


Bolivia's Coca Headache: The Agroyungas Program, Inflation, Campesinos, Coca And Capitalism In Bolivia, John D. Roberts 2010 University of Massachusetts Amherst

Bolivia's Coca Headache: The Agroyungas Program, Inflation, Campesinos, Coca And Capitalism In Bolivia, John D. Roberts

Masters Theses 1911 - February 2014

Bolivia in the 1980s was wracked by monetary inflation approaching levels of the German Weimar Republic. Immediately following this time of great financial crisis in Bolivia, the U.N. founded a project through the U.N.D.P. to encourage peasant farmers in Bolivia to switch from growing coca (the plant used manufacture cocaine) to growing other cash crops for market. This crop substitution and development program, called the Agroyungas Project, lasted from 1985 to 1991 and is the focus of this study. While many U.N. pundits and journalists considered the program’s initial small successes promising, it has ...


From New Netherland To New York: European Geopolitics And The Transformation Of Social And Political Space In Colonial New York City, John Allen Legrid 2010 University of Massachusetts Amherst

From New Netherland To New York: European Geopolitics And The Transformation Of Social And Political Space In Colonial New York City, John Allen Legrid

Masters Theses 1911 - February 2014

The purpose of this thesis is to demonstrate the ways in which the core-periphery relationships of English and Dutch colonial ventures in North America were impacted by local events in New Amsterdam-New York, a Dutch colony that was lost to the English following the Second Anglo-Dutch War in 1664. Increased peripheralization of New Amsterdam-New York negated centralizing efforts of the Dutch and effectively ended the potential for Dutch geopolitical power in North America. While the Atlantic World has traditionally been understood as a framework for understanding international phenomenon and global processes, this thesis suggests that it was impacted by multiple ...


Socio-Spatial Constructs Of The Local Retail Food Environment: A Case Study Of Holyoke, Massachusetts, Walter F. Ramsey 2010 University of Massachusetts Amherst

Socio-Spatial Constructs Of The Local Retail Food Environment: A Case Study Of Holyoke, Massachusetts, Walter F. Ramsey

Masters Theses 1911 - February 2014

This mixed-methods study addresses the relationship between the availability of food and realized food access by studying the retail food landscape of Holyoke, Massachusetts – a small, socio-economically diverse city. While a large body of empirical research finds that low-income communities and communities of color are especially likely to lack adequate access to healthy foods and experience increased vulnerability to food insecurity, few studies explore urban food environments through a mixed-methods case study approach. Through the use of food store mapping, store audits, and resident interviews, this research is a nascent attempt to articulate how the unique development histories and cultural ...


The Power Of Geographical Boundaries: Cultural, Political, And Economic Border Effects In A Unitary Nation, Bowon Chang 2010 Iowa State University

The Power Of Geographical Boundaries: Cultural, Political, And Economic Border Effects In A Unitary Nation, Bowon Chang

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Geography plays a significant, fundamental role in shaping outcomes in human societies. Among other geographical elements, borders have significant implications—they are not only geographical figures, but also political creatures. Against previous theories that have studied border effects along with institutional differences mostly about economic implications, this thesis considers how sub-national borders with weak jurisdictions affect cultural, political, and economic phenomena using data from South Korea. Unlike international borders and intra-national borders in a federal state, this thesis suggests borders in a unitary nation have less economic effects, but more cultural and political effects.


The Transnational Networks Of Cultural Commodities: Peruvian Food In San Francisco, Kelsey Ann Brain 2010 Portland State University

The Transnational Networks Of Cultural Commodities: Peruvian Food In San Francisco, Kelsey Ann Brain

Dissertations and Theses

In a setting of increased movement, communication, and flows across space, commodity chain networks bring valued cultural commodities to transnational communities. This research examines the networks bringing foreign cuisine ingredients to Peruvian transnational communities in San Francisco, California. It seeks to answer three inter-related questions: 1) What are the origins and transportation networks bringing Peruvian food items to San Francisco; 2) Who controls and benefits from the movement of this food and resulting capital; and 3) How do networks vary for different classes of end consumers?

Chefs of ten Peruvian restaurants and ten Peruvian migrants in the San Francisco area ...


How Subways And High Speed Railways Have Changed Taiwan: Transportation Technology, Urban Culture, And Social Life, Anru LEE 2010 CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice

How Subways And High Speed Railways Have Changed Taiwan: Transportation Technology, Urban Culture, And Social Life, Anru Lee

Publications and Research

No abstract provided.


Beyul Khumbu: Sherpa Constructions Of A Sacred Landscape, Lindsay Ann Skog 2010 Portland State University

Beyul Khumbu: Sherpa Constructions Of A Sacred Landscape, Lindsay Ann Skog

Dissertations and Theses

Khumbu, part of Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) National Park in eastern Nepal and an UNESCO World Heritage site, is home to the Sherpa people, ethnic Tibetan Buddhists who migrated to the region more than 500 years ago. Sherpas animate the landscape with localized water, tree, rock, and land spirits, identify sacred mountains, mainly associated with the Bönpo and Tibetan yullha traditions, and some view the landscape as a beyul, a sacred place and hidden valley protecting Buddhist people and beliefs in times of turmoil and need. These beliefs protect the natural environment through religious practices and taboos against environmentally harmful behaviors ...


Gay And Lesbian Elders: History, Law, And Identity Politics In The United States, Nancy J. Knauer 2009 Temple University School of Law

Gay And Lesbian Elders: History, Law, And Identity Politics In The United States, Nancy J. Knauer

Nancy J. Knauer

The approximately two million gay and lesbian elders in the United States are an underserved and understudied population. At a time when gay men and lesbians enjoy an unprecedented degree of social acceptance and legal protection, many elders face the daily challenges of aging isolated from family, detached from the larger gay and lesbian community, and ignored by mainstream aging initiatives. Drawing on materials from law, history, and social theory, this book integrates practical proposals for reform with larger issues of sexuality and identity. Beginning with a summary of existing demographic data and offering a historical overview of pre-Stonewall views ...


Locating Language In Identity, Barbara Johnstone 2009 Carnegie Mellon University

Locating Language In Identity, Barbara Johnstone

Barbara Johnstone

No abstract provided.


Indexing The Local, Barbara Johnstone 2009 Carnegie Mellon University

Indexing The Local, Barbara Johnstone

Barbara Johnstone

No abstract provided.


Language And Place, Barbara Johnstone 2009 Carnegie Mellon University

Language And Place, Barbara Johnstone

Barbara Johnstone

No abstract provided.


Place For Personhood: Individual And Local Character In Lifestyle Migration, Brian A. Hoey 2009 Marshall University

Place For Personhood: Individual And Local Character In Lifestyle Migration, Brian A. Hoey

Brian A. Hoey, Ph.D.

While drawing on literature of narrative interpretations of the construction of self and place-based, embodied identity, this article will explore the impact of invasive market forces on intertwined processes of person, self, and place-making. It considers how resources for these projects have changed in the face of translocal market forces and neoliberal ideals. Despite numerous proclamations of an essential placelessness to contemporary American society, place continues to be a basic part of the construction of the person. In fact, a variety of place-making practices are increasingly pursued as ways of negotiating tension between personal experience with material demands in pursuit ...


Learning And Engaging The Information Values Of A Karst Community Of Practice, Kaya van Beynen, Spencer Fleury Ph.D. 2009 St. Petersburg College

Learning And Engaging The Information Values Of A Karst Community Of Practice, Kaya Van Beynen, Spencer Fleury Ph.D.

Spencer Fleury Ph.D.

The Karst Information Portal (KIP) is a publicly accessible Internet portal for karst literature and data, hosted by the University of South Florida (USF) libraries. It was created to foster interaction and collaboration among the karst community by identifying, acquiring, and facilitating access to karst literature in a single, centralized location. Karst is a type of terrain typified by soluble rocks, such as limestone, gypsum, and dolomite, where solutional processes are dominant, forming sinkholes, depressions, caves, and enhancing underground drainage. The karst community consists of formal researchers working in academic or governmental institutions along with an informal cohort of recreational ...


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