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About jackedupandunjust

I am a Professor of Sociology at the University of Hawaii, Manoa who arrived to the academic world through an unusual route. My father–who spent five years in prison for armed robbery—taught me, first, that human beings are more than the sum total of the worst mistakes that they have made in their lives and, second, that we can not cure the problem of violence through retributive punishments and imprisonment. Changing people’s lives requires complex solutions, and I have dedicated my research and life to finding humane and effective ways to curb interpersonal violence and provide opportunities for individuals to engage in conventional society. Jacked Up and Unjust, coauthored with Karen Umemoto, is my second book. I have also published numerous academic journal articles regarding youth violence prevention, ethnographic methods, inequalities and delinquency, and youth culture. I am also dedicated to building culturally respectful, gender responsive, and non-punitive delinquency prevention programs for public school students.

Peacemaking in Troubled Times: Worry Dolls

What can teens teach us about peacemaking in troubled times? Last month, the lunch-bunch girls made dolls. The idea was for teens to tell their worries to the dolls. The dolls will carry the burden of their worries for them. … Continue reading

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Girls’ Creativity and Empowerment

The girls’ group prepare items to sell at the co-op, with all profits going to girls’ empowerment programs in the community. Riding the wave of innovation, the girls dressed up their lunch. Better than sriracha?

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Lo’i Fields: What are they?

A place to practice aloha ‘aina (care for the land)? A place of healing? A place for farming? Cannot be expressed in words?

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Peacemaking in Chaotic Times

Teens’ and teachers’ strategies for managing stress: 1) host a yoga day at school; 2) give thanks to others.

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What can teens teach us about peace?

Make a happy space on your wall. 1) Log your own stress level 0-10. 2) Draw a picture of the most beautiful place you know. How is your stress now?

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Combating Constructions of Teen Violence: Civil Beat Article

Contribute to the discussion about youth violence, non-punitive approaches to teen violence, and media representations by making a comment on Hawai’i’s Civil Beat.

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What is depression?

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 11% of young people experience depression before turning 18. This is what lunch bunch teens had to say about depression. Are anxiety and depression related? Are students more likely to say that … Continue reading

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What can you do about depression and anxiety?

When asked about what they do to feel better, students said:  What do the students in your life do when they are anxious and stressed? How important is it to let young people talk about negative feelings?

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Aloha UCLA

Mahalo to PISA and all the departments, programs, and people who sponsored our time at UCLA. Many mahalos to Keith Camacho and Letonu Tenari for all of their hard work planning the many events. Keep up the wonderful work that … Continue reading

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