Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice [edited by] Gary L. Anderson and Kathryn G. Herr. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2007 HM671.E53 2007






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Recent trends such as the globalization of commerce and consumer values, the speed and personalization of communication technologies, and an economic realignment of industrial and information-based economies are often regarded as negative. Yet there are many signs - from the WTO experience in Seattle to the rise of global activism aimed at making biotechnology accountable - that new forms of citizenship, politics, and public engagement are emerging.

The Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice presents a comprehensive overview of the field with topics of varying dimensions, breadth, and length. This three-volume Encyclopedia is designed for readers to understand the topics, concepts, and ideas that motivate and shape the fields of activism, civil engagement, and social justice as well as short biographies of the major thinkers and leaders who have influenced and continue to influence the study of activism.

The Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice offers multidisciplinary perspectives with contributions from the fields of education, communication studies, political science, leadership studies, social work, social welfare, environmental studies, health care, social psychology, and sociology. It provides an easily recognizable approach to topics, ideas, persons, and concepts based on chronology, alphabetical and biographical listings in civil engagement, social justice, and activism.

About the Authors

Gary L. Anderson is a faculty member in the Department of Administration, Leadership, and Technology in the Steinhardt School of Education, New York University. He is a former teacher and high school principal. He has written numerous articles on Action Research. In recent publications, he has explored applications of Critical and Postmodern Theory and Critical Discourse Analysis to the field of Educational Leadership.

Kathryn G. Herr is a faculty member in the College of Education and Human Services at Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey. She is co-author of the book Studying Your Own School: An Educator’s Guide to Qualitative Practitioner Research (Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press, 1994). She is also Editor of the interdisciplinary journal Youth and Society. Her professional background is in Social Work and Education.

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Courts of Admiralty and the Common Law: Origins of the American Experiment in Concurrent Jurisdiction by Steven L. Snell. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2007 KF1112.S645 2007







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Courts of Admiralty and the Common Law examines the origins of American admiralty jurisdiction. Drawing from a vast array of primary sources, ranging from Roman law to English records of the medieval and early modern periods, the author traces the development of English admiralty practice that provided the legal heritage of the new American nation. In doing so it also sheds fresh light on the origins of the federal judiciary, showing how the debate over maritime jurisdiction was instrumental both in shaping the language of Article III of the Constitution and later in determining the structure of the federal courts in the Judiciary Act of 1789.

When the first Congress incorporated concurrent state/federal jurisdiction over several classes of maritime claims into the Judiciary Act of 1789, the author argues, it had not created a novel jurisdictional system, but merely had preserved the status quo established long ago in the colonial era. As the original reasons for granting concurrent jurisdiction unraveled, American judges in the early nineteenth century sought to make overlapping jurisdiction work in a changing world. Courts of Admiralty and the Common Law concludes with an assessment of whether concurrent state/federal maritime jurisdiction continues to serve a practical purpose in the twenty-first century, examining how tensions between conflicting state and federal substantive rules may serve the greater interests of federalism and commerce.

About the Author

After completing studies in Greco-Roman history at Johns Hopkins University, Steven L. Snell subsequently received the degree of Juris Doctor from Northwestern University School of Law and the degrees of Master of Laws and Doctor of Juridical Science from New York University School of Law. A member of the bar of the state of New York, he presently serves as the co-chairman of the International Transportation Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law.

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Broken Trust: Greed, Mismanagement, and Political Manipulation at America’s Largest Charitable Trust by Samuel P. King and Randall W. Roth. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2006 KF228.K36K56 2006








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Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop was the largest landowner and richest woman in the Hawaiian kingdom. Upon her death in 1884, she entrusted her property--known as Bishop Estate--to five trustees in order to create and maintain an institution that would benefit the children of Hawai‘i: Kamehameha Schools. A century later, Bishop Estate controlled nearly one out of every nine acres in the state, a concentration of private land ownership rarely seen anywhere in the world. Then in August 1997 the unthinkable happened: Four revered kupuna (native Hawaiian elders) and a professor of trust-law publicly charged Bishop Estate trustees with gross incompetence and massive trust abuse. Entitled “Broken Trust,” the statement provided devastating details of rigged appointments, violated trusts, cynical manipulation of the trust’s beneficiaries, and the shameful involvement of many of Hawai‘i’s powerful.

No one is better qualified to examine the events and personalities surrounding the scandal than two of the original “Broken Trust” authors. Their comprehensive account together with historical background, brings to light information that has never before been made public, including accounts of secret meetings and communications involving Supreme Court justices.

Broken Trust is the winner of the Samuel M. Kamakau Award for Hawai‘i Book of the Year, 2007 Ka Palapala Po‘okela Book Awards.

About the Authors

Samuel P. King is Senior U.S. District Judge, District of Hawai‘i, appointed in 1972, following eleven years as a Hawai‘i State Circuit Court judge. Randall W. Roth is professor of law at the University of Hawai‘i.

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