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Framing Protest: A Social Movement Analysis of the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood and Moroccan Justice and Development Party in the 2011 Arab Uprisings

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 15:29
Framing Protest: A Social Movement Analysis of the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood and Moroccan Justice and Development Party in the 2011 Arab Uprisings This thesis uses social movement theory to examine how the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and the Moroccan Justice and Development Party (PJD) frame their roles in the 2011 Arab uprisings and in the political shifts that followed. My primary theoretical lens is the concept of "framing," a process whereby social movement actors strategically produce and mobilize ideas and meaning for a variety of audiences. My analysis traces how both the MB and PJD departed from the regional trend in 2011 by continuing to articulate reformist rather than revolutionary goals. However the MB used non-institutionalized tactics by participating in street protests and boycotting Jordan's parliamentary elections, while the PJD used more quiescent institutionalized tactics by not participating in street protests and by running in Morocco's parliamentary elections. Building off of the work of Douglas McAdam (1996), I argue that the MB and PJD's choice of goals (reformist vs. revolutionary) and tactics (institutional vs. non-institutional) constitute a core signifying matrix that activists consciously deploy in order frame the nature of the movement to both the regime and the public. Each movement's choices on where to locate itself in this signifying matrix have been significantly impacted by its history, the regional context of the Arab uprisings, the institutional context of electoral authoritarian monarchy, and the specificities of national politics. Moreover, these framing choices were not self evident; they developed over time in response to changing events, prompted intense internal contestation, and exhibited a complex, nonlinear relationship with ideologies both internal and external to each movement. In making this argument, this thesis offers both empirical and conceptual contributions to the existing scholarly literature. Empirically, it examines two longstanding opposition movements that have been relatively understudied in the context of the 2011 Arab uprisings. Conceptually, it extends the democracy-centric theory of framing within social movement theory by applying it to Islamist movements in an authoritarian context. M.A.

Georgetown Public Policy Review Volume 8 Number 1

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 13:47
Georgetown Public Policy Review Volume 8 Number 1 Smeeding, Timothy; Toikka, Richard; Neveu, Andre; Mikelson, Kelly; Harrigan, Brian; Thomas, Mark; Wolf, Patrick; Turner, Nicholas

Georgetown Public Policy Review Volume 5 Number 2

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 13:36
Georgetown Public Policy Review Volume 5 Number 2 Kenworthy, James; Simpson, R. David; Toman, Michael; Brooks, Kim; Olavarria-Gambi, Mauricio; Woolverton, Maria; Webster, Benjamin; Berube, Alan

Georgetown Public Policy Review Volume 5 Number 1

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 13:31
Georgetown Public Policy Review Volume 5 Number 1 Lemieux, Jeff; Greene, Jay; Giammo, Joseph; Mellow, Nicole; Stettner, Andrew; Pick, Daniel; Kroetch, Erika; Einstein, Heath; Ludwig, Jens; Shulman, Paul Jeffrey; Gordon, Leslie

Georgetown Public Policy Review Volume 4 Number 2

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 13:25
Georgetown Public Policy Review Volume 4 Number 2 Russell, Steve; Luna, Eileen; Sarre, Rick; Ratnesar, Romesh; Donahue, Kevin; Singleton, Christa Marie; Brewer, Dominic; Thatcher, Jennifer

Georgetown Public Policy Review Volume 4 Number 1

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 13:19
Georgetown Public Policy Review Volume 4 Number 1 Wheaton, Laura; Sorensen, Elaine; Kern, Kenn; Porter, Gareth; Buchanan, Nancy; Posner, Paul; Choi, Wen-Tsing; Kay, Sean; Mollison, Char

Georgetown Public Policy Review Volume 3 Number 2

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 13:16
Georgetown Public Policy Review Volume 3 Number 2 Banck, Luis; Anthony, Stephen; Uccello, Cori; Mitchell, Jean; Hadley, Jack; Feeley, Theresa; Wallin, Helena; Hahn, Michael; Chait, Jonathan; Basson, Danna; Zebrak, Andrew

‘Dirty’ and Infertile: the Underdiagnosis and Impact of Chlamydia

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 11:28
‘Dirty’ and Infertile: the Underdiagnosis and Impact of Chlamydia Carte, Elizabeth Personal identity is shaped as we navigate our social world and perceive our experiences. Human reproduction and motherhood have come to be associated with womanhood in immeasurable ways, to the extent that some consider pregnancy and motherhood to be the essence of womanhood. Therefore, complications such as infertility can have a huge impact on a woman’s identity. The World Health Organization estimates that everyday more than 1 million people are infected with a sexually transmitted infection (STI) (“Sexually Transmitted Infections). When left untreated, STIs can pose serious complications for women planning to become pregnant. Chlamydia, the most common STD in the United States, can result in urethritis, cervicitis, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), infertility, ectopic pregnancy, and chronic pelvic pain (Paavonen et al., 1990). The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 2.86 million Americans are infected with Chlamydia annually, however as many as half of these cases go unreported; a frightening statistic considering 10-15% of the untreated infections develop into Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) and PID results in infertility 10-15% of the time (“STDs &Infertility”; “Pelvic Inflammatory Disease”). The Institute of Medicine estimates that PID is the etiology of infertility in at least 15% of infertile American women, yet less than 50% of sexually active young females, the most at-risk group, are tested annually. In 2000, 25.3% of young women were tested (“The Hidden Epidemic”). By 2007, it jumped to 41.6% (U.S Preventative Services Task Force). Historical failures of the medical community, current health disparities, and female-specific social pressures explain why so many cases of Chlamydia go undiagnosed, but the potential implications of Chlamydia and infertility on female identity are evidence that continuous efforts must be made to ensure all women are able to utilize preventative health services.

A Foucauldian Critique of Sexualized Neo-Imperialism and the U.S. War on Terror

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 11:27
A Foucauldian Critique of Sexualized Neo-Imperialism and the U.S. War on Terror Buchanan, Kristin The U.S.’s intercession into the affairs and crises of the developing world appears to stem from motivations of benevolence, or an assumed responsibility to take on the role of “policeman” on the global stage. Often, the U.S. justifies its costly intercessions into the affairs of other countries, squandering tax payer money and putting citizens’ lives in jeopardy, by appealing to democratic values and human rights. However, rather than imagined magnanimity, Western interventions are characterized by intersections of power and dominance, exoticization, and othering marked by the Western imperial past (Abu-Lughod). As the U.S. continues to make its presence known in the developing world, feminist theories and conceptions of the gaze shed light on the racist, gendered, and sexualized discursive construction of the third world subject as the target of the Western civilizing mission. The male gaze is a form of violence structured by power relations and rooted in an imperial past that continues to shape race relations surrounding the gaze. Foucault’s analysis of Bentham’s panopticon and matrices of power, knowledge, and discipline reveal the transformative effect of the gaze in carrying out the Western agenda. Understanding this contemporary moment requires a look back into the past. In what follows I will ask how the patterns of historical imperialism have been reconfigured in the modern day, and how the application of Foucault’s theories can help us understand these elements. I will interrogate the dynamics around spectacle and visuality that have persisted from the colonial period into the neo-colonial period, and argue that in this critical juncture, Foucualt’s concept of the gaze sheds light on the extreme ways representational power is mobilized to colonial and neo-colonial ends.

“Fighting Sexism with Racism:” Anti-Immigration, Secularism, and the Politics of Shame in French Banlieues

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 11:25
“Fighting Sexism with Racism:” Anti-Immigration, Secularism, and the Politics of Shame in French Banlieues Recinos, Denise Throughout this paper, I analyze the case of gang rapes in French banlieues. I explore the reactions women have towards sexual violence, such as the shame rape survivors experience in their communities when speaking out. I also examine Samira Bellil’s memoir about being gang raped to further understand the implications and trauma rape survivors face, in particular those living in French banlieues. I analyze the ways in which the French Republic highlights sexual violence in banlieues and associates men of Maghreb and Muslim background as the main perpetrators of gang rapes. Even though the French state addresses sexual violence, highlighting and associating rape with men of North African countries creates a double bind for women living in banlieues. Survivors want to speak about their suffering, but at the same time they do not want to further stigmatize the communities they come from. As a result, the community demonizes and adds pressure to women to stay silent.

Criminalized Pregnancy: Drug Abuse, Fetal Rights, & Dehumanization of Poor Women

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 11:21
Criminalized Pregnancy: Drug Abuse, Fetal Rights, & Dehumanization of Poor Women Nwagwu, Jeanne Several questions arise from the conflicting issue of fetal rights versus maternal rights. The mother and the baby should be considered as one entity, so why are state policies trying to separate the two? Why are states more interested in punitive measures as opposed to treatments? Who reaps the benefits from this type of misguided retribution? More importantly, why aren’t mothers’ rights just as important if not more important than the rights of the fetus? In this paper, I plan to explore the complex nature of fetal and maternal rights within the context of the Alicia Beltran case, showing how state policies criminalize the drug use of pregnant women further I argue that we need to pay special attention to class because women of lower economic class are put at a higher risk for being criminalized.

Male + Feminism: Why Men Have a Stake in Racial and Gender Equity

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 11:17
Male + Feminism: Why Men Have a Stake in Racial and Gender Equity Lopez, Antony Why do males and minorities play a role of needing feminism? What I propose is working within minority communities now to secure a brighter future for all, implementing that all stakeholders have equal representation. After all, the men and women who are in college today will be the leaders and figureheads who inspire the generations that follow and set the framework for the majority minority population. We are presented with a unique opportunity to leap ahead and set an agenda to start a new chapter for this nation with a society that naturally works together and implements racial and gender equity as opposed to fighting for it after the fact. With all the current issues that minorities are facing and dealing with, now is the best time to incept feminist values into the conversations to create a future that ensures equity. Today’s generation would most benefit from implementing feminist values into their day to day lives and strive for a harmonious future between men and women. Feminism is currently the best tool to help our citizens - males included - resolve the inequality issues that plague our society, as it addresses the roots and not the symptoms of inequality. In present-day America, however, this has become an identification and movement with a great deal of stigma, which has plateaued its progress. In order for it to reach its full potency and aid social change, echoing the words of Jackson Katz, we need more men, “with the courage with the strength with the moral integrity to break our complete silence and challenge each other and stand with women not against them.”

CIRS Annual Report 2013-14

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 04:38
CIRS Annual Report 2013-14

“His Slave or His Despot”: Contemporary Compulsory Heteromasculinity through the Lens of Leopold Sachor-Masoch’s “Venus in Furs”

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 11:46
“His Slave or His Despot”: Contemporary Compulsory Heteromasculinity through the Lens of Leopold Sachor-Masoch’s “Venus in Furs” Riggio, Melissa In this work I will examine how male heterosexuality is closely linked with “masculinity” (in the white Western dominant definition), and how the compulsory heteromasculinity of the Western World affects not only heterosexual men's relationships with women but also with other men, and ultimately how they view themselves in society. My main argument is that masculinity is inextricably associated with heterosexuality, and I support that argument with examples of studies in which men discuss how they feel compelled to be masculine to prove their heterosexuality, as well as pointing out the reflections of these thoughts in Austrian 19th century erotic novel "Venus in Furs", a book published in 1870 but still very reflective of the heteromasculine structure of contemporary Western men.

The Malleability of Identity: An Exploration of the Muslim-Arab Detroit Community

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 09:25
The Malleability of Identity: An Exploration of the Muslim-Arab Detroit Community Al-Thani, Mariam

Factors Contributing to Youth Educational Continuance in Sector Ocotillo, San Pedro Sula, Honduras

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 09:58
Factors Contributing to Youth Educational Continuance in Sector Ocotillo, San Pedro Sula, Honduras Ippel, Matthew

Colombian Mavericks: Álvaro Uribe, Juan Manuel Santos, and the Politics of Securing a Country

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 09:46
Colombian Mavericks: Álvaro Uribe, Juan Manuel Santos, and the Politics of Securing a Country Dulik, Samuel

استثمارات دول مجلس التعاون الخليجي في الأراضي الزراعية بالخارج: حالة إثيوبيا

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 07:46
استثمارات دول مجلس التعاون الخليجي في الأراضي الزراعية بالخارج: حالة إثيوبيا Shepherd, Benjamin In this "GCC States' Land Investments Abroad: The Case of Ethiopia" CIRS Summary Report, Benjamin Shepherd uses data generated from fieldwork in Ethiopia to evaluate the country as a potential long-term source of agricultural staples for Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states as part of their national food security strategies. Part of the larger CIRS research initiative on "Food Security and Food Sovereignty in the Middle East," the report identifies the risks and well as the opportunities of investing in the agricultural sector of Ethiopia. There are sound opportunities for GCC countries to use investment in developing country agriculture as part of their long-term food security policy mix, as long as those investments are approached in a careful, constructive, and regulated way. To this end, some recommendations are made in this report for further research and for GCC state policymakers to re-think national food security policies.

The Impact of Open Government on Innovation: Does Government Transparency Drive Innovation?

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 10:21
The Impact of Open Government on Innovation: Does Government Transparency Drive Innovation? This study adds to the body of research on open government by empirically measuring the association of government transparency and innovation. The study uses Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) as a proxy measure of government transparency. It assumes that an increase in government transparency increases applied innovation activity, which is measured as the number of annual patents by country residents. The study also tests whether the association is different for countries participating in the Open Government Partnership (OGP), a voluntary multi-stakeholder international collaboration of 63 countries who have committed to make their governments more transparent. The analysis uses fixed effects regression on panel data from 1996 to 2011 for 95 countries, including 54 OGP members. Although the empirical results do not support the hypothesis that transparency and innovation are positively correlated for countries participating in the OGP, this finding contributes to the literature on open government by making an initial attempt to quantify the association of transparency and innovation. Additional future research demonstrating a positive relationship between transparency and innovation could help to justify implementation of open government policies and participation in the Open Government Partnership. M.P.P.

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