Kalamazoo College Guilds: Justice and Peace SIPs

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This collection includes Senior Individualized Projects (SIPs) that deal with issues of justice and peace. Abstracts are generally available to the public, but PDF files are available only to current Kalamazoo College students, faculty, and staff.



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    Urban Renewal in Kalamazoo, Michigan: A Case Study
    (1968) Mernitz, Douglas Frederick, 1946-2009; Ham, Elton W., 1918-1975
    In 1957, a comprehensive plan was drawn up for the rede velopment of downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan. Kalamazoo 19801, as it was called, was a remarkably progressive program which entailed the creation of pedestrian areas in the very heart of the city, a peripheral road around the core, elevated expressways to facilitate travel through Kalamazoo, vast parking areas to acccfflBOdaite the expected future number of private automobiles and generally more productive use of the land in the inner city. The Burdick Mall was, though a roaring success, only a minor part of Kalamazoo 1980. It was intended to be, in fact, one of the finishing touches of the total Plan. The leaders of the governmental, intellectual and business elites were now faced with the awesome task of utilizing the impetus of the mall's success for gaining public acceptance of the more significant— if less sensational—parts of the Plan. The City Manager, Clarence Elliott, said shortly after the mall dedication ceremonies, "We've got a bear by the tail and we won't be able to wait until 1980 to complete the entire program." At the present time, however, realization of even the second step is a remote possibility. Mr. Elliott now expects that the people will be asked to vote on the issue, and he "doubts" that it will pass. It is my intent with this thesis to make a case study of the eight years between the Manager's two statements to discover the reasons behind the stagnation of the downtown renewal program in Kalamazoo. The question can be simply stated. Why, with the general planning completed and with the support of virtually every influential group and individual in the city, do we now reflect over the failure to progress along the lines drawn out by the Plan?
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    The Inside Story of Battering
    (1987) Heinemann, Sonya B.; Kay, William D.
    My senior thesis is on abused women. What I will be writing and discussing pertains not only to married women but also to unmarried women. My project involves any woman who has lived with or shared a life with a mate.
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    France in Crisis: The "May Revolution" and its Aftermath
    (1969) Weiner, William Paul; Flesche, Donald C., 1935-
    The impetus for a lengthy study of the French situation developed from two visits to France, one in 1964 and the other in 1967-68, and an introduction study of the French governmental system in Political Science. In writing France in Crisis: The "May Revolution" and Its Aftermath, I began with three purposes. First of all, I hoped to examine France in greater depth, using library research and personal correspondence, in order to set the stage for contemporary events. Secondly, in response to countless questions I was asked during the 1968 disturbances, I hoped to carefully describe the spring turmoil. Finally, I wished to analyze these events, discuss them as they related to the French traditions of the past and use the analysis to look at the future of Fifth Republic France.
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    The Student-Youth Community in Kalamazoo, Michigan Winter 1971: An Examination of Policies and Actions of the Major Political Groups
    (1971) Hanna, Martin; Ham, Elton W., 1918-1975
    This paper is, first of all, neither the beginning nor the end of the study of the changing culture and political philosophy of some of the present generation. It is an attempt to try and record some of the people, groups, and activ1ties that were going on in the City of Kalamazoo during the short period of t1me from January to March,1971. The information gathered is relevant not only because it documents the activities in Kalamazoo, but because similar types of activit1es are going on in cities throughout the country. The major theme of this paper is that political philosophy cannot be separated from the rest of the life philosophy of these people, if it can be separated in anyone. So I answer the academic community by stating that a loss in some organization and methodology is made up by the opportunity to break into areas that would be restricted later. To the community critics I would state that this effort is an attempt to make sense out of the confusing mass of ideas and actions that will hopefully aid their causes by shedding some light onto what might be developing into a battle of dogmatic cultures, ideologies, styles, and generations.
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    British Incomes Policy: 1964-1967
    (1970) York, Jane Louise; Flesche, Donald C., 1935-; Myers, Robert
    The paper is divided into three major sections plus a conclusion. In the first section, the nature of Britain's problem is defined and two alternative solutions--an incomes policy approach and a margin of unemployment approach--are discussed. The second section deals with the chronological development of the incomes policy. The trade union movement, its reactions to the government's policy and its relations with the government are discussed in the third section. The structure of the trade union movement is outlined in an effort to point out those of its features which militate against the administration of an effective incomes policy. The government's efforts to gain the unions' co-operation by negotiating with the Trades Union Conference(TUC), by offering threats and inducements, by playing upon traditional loyalties of the unions to the Labour Party, and by being lax in the administration of its own policy are presented in the hope that they may shed some light on the degree to which the unions may be blamed for the policy's failure. The conclusion has been divided into two parts. First, evidence is offered to support the contention that the policy was a failure. In the second part, some of the possible explanations for this failure are drawn together in a discussion of the relative merits of a compulsory versus a voluntary policy.
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