Post #1: Definitions and Refocusing

As my project deals with a number of very similar political science concepts, I figured it would be best to begin a week ago with defining those terms which underlie the entire project. Given that I am focusing on revolutionary movements, the first idea that must be defined is political revolution; for that, I looked to a scholar who specializes in revolution, Patrick van Inwegen. According to van Inwegen, a political revolution is a change in regime characterized by being forcible, irregular, and popularly supported. Of course, this is not a really helpful definition unless the four main components are also defined, especially what is meant by regime change. Revolutions do not occur merely when the people in power are deposed and replaced. A change in the ruling ideology or party also does not constitute a change in regime; rather, regimes are defined by the systems and institutions which govern a country. For example, the United States might have a Republican administration currently, but the regime is that of a federal republic. If a new president were elected, the administration might change, but the regime would remain as a federal republic unless the way leaders are chosen or the way they rule is changed. A change in regime, however, is not enough according to van Inwegen; the change must also satisfy the other three conditions. For a true revolution to occur, the regime change must be undesired by some of those in power and must be brought about by a large group of the citizenry outside the normal political process. Thus, I am focusing on a very specific situation that, while relatively common in the twentieth century, has not truly occurred, in the opinions of most scholars, since the Arab Spring of 2010 and 2011.

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Exploring Variations among Social Classes on Environmental Issues

This summer, I plan on researching different people in my town of Dover, DE about their views on different environmental issues. One of the big themes I will be addressing in these interviews are issues of environmental justice. This has to do with how environmental disasters and climate change effects tend to affect people of lower income more. I want to see if there is any difference between people of different incomes on these issues as they will likely affect lower-income people more. After I do the interviews, I plan to type them up into monologues that show people’s experience with environmental change. The interviews themselves should help me to reveal people’s backgrounds and gauge how they think and feel the way they do. Despite being the state capital, Dover is not a very political town and has not publically addressed environmental issues. I hope that this research will get the community to start thinking more about climate change, the possibility of environmental disasters and how these could both affect different parts of Dover differently. I am very excited to do work in the environmental humanities and I know there is a lot to reveal about people’s perceptions and how they were built and fostered.

Summary: The Impact of Stress on Child Health in Impoverished Communities

Children are more largely susceptible to physiological effects of stress as they are still developing. Children in poverty, are disproportionately exposed to stressors that contribute to poor health outcomes. In my paper I focused on types of stress responses, the physiology of stress, the relationship between poverty, stress, and health, and maternal influence.

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Update 2: In Development

Over the course of six weeks in Berlin and throughout Germany, the vastly varying architecture, often within blocks of each other, showcased the differing perspectives on growth and destruction during the postwar period. Looking through the imagery that now dominates the modern perception of Berlin and the German perspective as a whole, it‘s difficult to decide how I can represent these buildings accurately, without overimposing analyses.

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