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Faith, Caroline
01/16/2012 16:25

I plan to examine ageism within and around the nursing home system. I hope to answer questions about daily life, family tensions involving the elderly person, treatment of the elderly by the staff, and differences in nursing home facilities. I plan to observe nursing home activities and interview the residents and staff. I think I will find at least a percentage of seniors are being mistreated in some way. The personal experience I have with this topic is witnessing my grandparents’ relationship with nursing homes.

richard ross
01/16/2012 19:23

Difficult to take pictures when people are in the custodial care of others....but not impossible. If you have family, or family of friends that are in nursing homes. Might be good to start with them....IF you want to do any images along with the research.

Michelle Kim
01/16/2012 18:13

California education system has suffered for the past several years but it has only become increasingly worse. The No Child Left Behind Act passed in 2001 by George Bush has attempted to help all students meet the high standards that is expected of them. This Act as well as other standards-based education reformation require all students in grade levels to meet a certain requirement in order to receive federal funding. Consequently, this causes schools to focus on cranking out test scores from their students rather than taking time to develope student characteristics and knowledge. There is hardly any room for sharpening social skills or creativity. I worked at a school in Canalino and many teachers had expressed their frustration about the school system to me. Canalino Elementary School has not met the state requirement the previous year and therefore was focusing even harder to meet them this year. The principal is feeling so much external pressure which in turns leaves him no choice but to crack down on the teachers in their respective classrooms. I've worked in many low socio-economic schools where resources are limited and the expectations still the same. I hope to interview teachers and observe classrooms in order to see how much the classroom settings and cirriculums have changed. The education system, especially with all the budget cut, is in dire need of more fiscal investments and realistic goals. I hope to expose all the injustice within a primary education system and get first hand testimonials in order to see if these education reforms are truly beneficials.

Andrea Vargas
01/16/2012 21:53

I'd be interested in helping you photograph this project if you'd like. I had a similar idea regarding overcrowdedness in schools due to budget cuts and how that affects the students' learning. I might not end up working on this idea (I have another idea I'm working on as well) but I could still help you with the visual part of your project. Email me if you're interested in collaborating at all:

richard ross
01/16/2012 19:26

I worked at a school in Canalino
There is obviously the place to begin. And who knows who....and shooting a classroom. IF IF IF you are interested in visual documentation. Hard to have visual images describe a research argument. Nothing is impossible and images always give a life to a project.

Natasha Kocher
01/16/2012 21:05

I intend to conduct an analysis on the public attitudes towards homelessness in the Santa Barbara community. In particular, I wish to examine mainstream opinions in regards to what extent do people think to be responsible, as a society, to help people living in dire circumstances on the streets. I am interested in uncovering how people rationalize such human suffering as a necessary consequence of the homeless’ personal failures or character faults, and therefore consider them undeserving of external aid and sympathy.
I also plan to investigate the socio-psychological processes through which society tends to “other” homeless people into an almost sub-human category. I have no prior personal experience with this topic, but I have always considered our society’s intolerance to help and punitive attitude towards the homeless to be one of great moral shame. To conduct my analysis, I will first observe the interactions and behaviors that occur when regular civilians come in contact with the homeless on the street. Then, I plan to follow my fieldwork observations by conducting interviews with two distinctly defined groups: those people who decided to help the homeless, and those who chose not to.

Allison Ly
01/17/2012 18:22

What patterns exist among the families living in Isla Vista and how does that affect their children?
I will observe and talk to some families to see why they are living in IV knowing the reputation and population, ask them how they feel about it and if they would move. I would see how the children are at the Teen Center and ask them how it is like growing up here and ask if they think are affected by it.

Brittany Tippings
01/19/2012 01:01

our topics of interest are very similar and would love to meet up with you and talk about how to approach this project and complement eachother's work. My focus is on single parent households and the effect that it has on children in these situations. also the contrast of children from a "nuclear family" (i.e. emotionally, economically, socially) get back to me I would love to discuss this further. :D

Alanna Kamin
01/17/2012 21:17

How does homelessness affect children who are a part of homeless families?
I’m planning on studying the homeless population in the Santa Barbara area, specifically focusing on the homeless families and the children. Although I’m visually aware of the homeless population in Santa Barbara, I don’t see homeless families very often. Furthermore, my knowledge is extremely limited on their lifestyles and the ways that they go about getting help through the system, as well as how these families are treated by the system. I’d like to focus on the children, and the hardships that they experience being a part of a homeless family. I’m also interested in if there is a strong correlation amongst these families between homelessness and race.

Brenda Maldonado
01/17/2012 21:48

What patterns exist among undocumented immigrants going through the legalization process? Under what conditions do people qualify and/or are granted permanent residency? What is the process by which legalization occurs? And how does the category with which you are applying for affect the legalization process as a whole?
I'm planning on studying undocumented immigrants who are going through the process of achieving permanent residency in the United States. I'd like to focus on how families are separated when cases are denied despite meeting all of the requirements. I would also like to explore the differences and similarities that exist in the legalization process depending on the category with with you apply for permanent residency. These categories include filing through a family member, through a job, or through refugee or asylee status.

James Huang
01/17/2012 22:32

Many believe that Rap music has a negative influence on its audience that has caused its listeners to become more violent, disrespect women and portray a lifestyle that is tough, luxurious, and highly lucrative. Politicians and anti-rap advocates have argued that listeners (especially ones that are teens) are exposed and influenced by “make-believe and exaggerated” lyrics that have caused them to act in many ways that seem hazardous and dangerous to society.

Question: How has rap music influenced the lifestyle that a listener lives and to what degree? Does the content of a rap song accentuate intentions of emulating the actions stated by the artist? How has rap music guided your decisions or perspectives on life, and to what degree?

Jordanne Pascual
01/17/2012 23:32

I found my topic after reading this article:

I want to study how poverty affects children's mental well-being and how a negative well-being such as developing depression and anxiety affects their educational and economic opportunities. I also want to look at how the government is treating (or not treating) these children with welfare programs (or lack of creating an injustice). Other than this article and previous psych course, my knowledge about this is limited. I would study elementary and high school students, observe and interview families in IV, and interview child psychologists about the issue.

Kimberly Roth
01/18/2012 11:36

The problem I would like to look at for this ethnographic project is theft among students in the Isla Vista community. Because this is such a small and carefree community, it is very common to find unlocked doors and parties open to strangers, making it an easy place to steal from. Because it is difficult to observe theft due to the fact that the point is to not be seen, I plan to interview students who have encountered this issue, as well as observe the area of Isla Vista and document cases where theft would be easy or likely to occur.

Lauren Raya
01/18/2012 21:07

I would like to study the problem that teen cancer patients face after diagnosis and while going through treatment. Currently in our medical system, we categorize cancer patients into two groups: children and adults. Teenagers and young adults have their own unique set of problems because more often than not, they grasp the severity of their situation more than a child would but they do not have the same resources and support available to them as adults do. I am a former teen cancer patient and have a few friends that fall into this category as well. I also currently volunteer with several different cancer organizations. I believe there are some difficulties when researching this topic because this is often a very private, painful affair but I am also confident that it can be done if approached correctly and cautiously.

Stephanie Thoma
01/19/2012 22:47

I am focusing on juvenile justice for my project. My research question is: “In what ways does the looking glass self serve to perpetuate deviant behaviors (or incarceration) among previously incarcerated youth?”
My hypothesis is: Previously incarcerated youth are likely to be incarcerated again because the “juvenile delinquent” label is so powerful that the more a juvenile tries to fight it, the more he or she may succumb to it, in part because juvenile hall serves as a tool of punishment rather than a rehabilitative source of help.
I have not yet selected a study site. I'm open to collaborating!


Arielle Porat
01/21/2012 10:39

I am changing the focus of my research and looking at the interactions and attitudes of both sides of the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict. I plan on starting by attending ASI, OTI and SJP meetings and focusing on each communities' attitudes towards the opposing side. I want to see if these groups promote hostility towards the other, are looking for a peaceful middle ground,etc.
If interested feel free to contact me 818-419-0066

Cindy Ruvalcaba
01/22/2012 16:25

My project will analyze the Latino community among the dominate student population in Isla Vista, California in which many experience social injustices for being a minority who concentrates in the recollection of bottles from trash bins. They are victims of unwarranted evictions, unequal and unethical treatment from property owners and the surrounding community as they are labeled “beer fairies” or “gauchos”. The social injustices are evident among the Latino bottle collector community as they do not possess an equal opportunity to obtain reasonable housing, stable employment, higher education, and reasonable treatment from their society. My research questions are: Does collecting bottles as a form of labor stigmatize the value of the worker? Does this type of labor dehumanize the bottle collectors among the Isla Vista community, creating an “invisible” community? How do others perceive them, how do they perceive themselves, and what does their presence reveal about the Isla Vista community?

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