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    Poverty and Punishment
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2014-01-15) Williams, Jarred ; Sociology
    The research paper explores the impact of socioeconomic status on criminal punishment. My focus is on two problems. 1) Does socioeconomic status (SES) predict the severity of criminal justice punishments meted out to the individual by the justice system? 2) How does social class shape the meaning and processes of and interactions regarding crime among individuals from different class backgrounds?
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    Sex Work: Are Decriminalization and Legalization the Answers?
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2008-12-15) Vaisman, Rachel ; Kane, Kathie
    The intention of this research is to exemplify why legalization and decriminalization of sex work is a topic worth researching as well as understanding. At a glance sex work may seem like a subject reserved for a very small part of a concerned society, but I believe upon further research and analysis this will prove to be untrue. The issues at hand when discussing sex work touch on the very basic rights of choice, human sexuality, and social control which are elements no one is a stranger to in modern society. I researched sex work and the legal and social dilemmas surrounding it, so that this often- misunderstood subject will receive adequate attention and consideration from the community.
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    Cyberloafing: A Study of Personal Internet Use at Work
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2008-12-01) Sevier, Holly
    In order to study the prevalence, acceptability, and motivations for personal Internet use at work—a practice known as cyberloafing—I utilized a two-fold approach: first by collecting and analyzing Internet user log data from the employees of an Oahu-based company; and second by creating and administering a self-report survey to a separate sample of 103 office workers and performing multivariate analysis of results using SPSS.
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    From Outreach to Arson: A Critical Look at the Contemporary Animal Rights and Environmental Movement
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2012-11-15) Perez, Randall ; Wurtzburg, Susan ; Zhang, Wei
    This research project examines the contemporary animal rights and environmental movements and participants’ ideological support for a diverse range of strategies and tactics. It also looks at how activists within these movements perceive and react to these tactics and their use. The study was conducted over a period of eight months and utilized a mixed methods approach to research using both a quantitative survey and open-ended in-depth interviews. The findings suggest that activists within the movements by and large support the use of both aboveground tactics (e.g. educational outreach) and underground tactics (e.g. economic sabotage). A majority of respondents suggested that the movement as a whole should utilize aboveground and underground tactics. There was some significant disagreement over the use of more controversial tactics such as arson and property destruction. While approximately 25% of respondents supported such action, there were relatively stringent divisions along politically ideological lines, with those identifying as anarchists most likely to support these clandestine tactics. The study found that a moderately strong correlation between political ideology and support for tactics of an underground or clandestine nature.
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    He lei poina 'le ke keiki: Advocacy and collaborative opportunities for children of incarcerated parents in Hawai'i
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2013-07-16) Bovard, Penny-Bee ; Goldsborough, Dorothy
    The plight of children impacted by parental incarceration is among the most pervasive problems challenging modern corrections practices. Today, one or both parents of more than two million children in the U.S. are in prison. Hawai‘i also has seen an alarming increase in the number of children whose parents are incarcerated. More than 6,000 Hawai‘i children have at least one parent in prison. Children whose parents have been incarcerated face unique difficulties. Most experience vulnerability to fear, sadness, depression and guilt. The severe behavioral consequences include emotional withdrawal, delinquency and risk of intergenerational incarceration. These findings cry out for a response. Child welfare planners and other policymakers must rethink strategies to bring advocacy and collaborative opportunities to children deprived by parental incarceration. I will investigate ongoing and emerging issues for children of incarcerated parents in Hawai‘i. To guide positive change, I will also use information from the limited number of programs and resources already in place for these at-risk children. Based on my personal experience and on research traditions informed by Native Hawaiian epistemology, my research will culminate with the design of a pilot program He lei poina ‘ole ke keiki, that is, “a lei never forgotten is the child.”