Stella Čapek

Stella Čapek
Hendrix College · Sociology/Anthropology

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My qualitative research paper focuses on the Anne Frank sapling installation at the Clinton Presidential Museum and Library in Little Rock, Arkansas. Saplings grafted from the tree that grew outside Anne Frank’s window in Amsterdam while she wrote her famous diary are provided by the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect to organizations that will l...
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Each year governments and industry around the globe spend billions of dollars in search of treatments and cures for diseases that shorten lives, which often means gadgets, implants, radiation and pills. These “cures”, do not get to the root of the problem. Perhaps it is time for us to adjust our thinking to be more proactive instead of reactive in...
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This article explores the possibility of a “partnership-with-nature” frame as experienced through interactions with urban “green” buildings. The discussion is situated in the broader context of an emerging green building movement and the cultural role played by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification framework and its suppor...
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This article explores the possibility of a "partnership-with-nature" frame as experienced through interactions with urban "green" buildings. The discussion is situated in the broader context of an emerging green building movement and the cultural role played by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification framework and its suppor...
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Although nature in the form of " environment" has sometimes been part of sociological discussions of the city, it is typically treated as background, as a social construction, or as a metaphor for social processes. Less familiar is a view of nature as an active participant in a relationship of codetermination, an " actor" that constructs outcomes a...
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This study draws on extensions of a Meadian framework to explore the possibility of nature as a “generalized other” that is experienced through a dialogical eco-self. The author revisits Mead's work, tracing an emerging literature on the eco-self, and investigates constructions of human–nature boundaries using interviews from a community reacting t...
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Despite increasing media visibility and growing public support for euthanasia in the United States, the right to die movement has not, until now, received systematic sociological attention. In Come Lovely and Soothing Death, Fox, Kamakahi, and Capek trace the emergence from the 1930s, the evolution, and the contemporary activities of the movement,...
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Drawing on a social constructionist perspective, this paper (1) identifies some of he most salient dimensions of the ''environmental justice ''frame as it has emerged from local community struggles over toxic contamination in the United States; and (2) provides an empirical illustration of the emergence and application of this concept in a particul...
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Key characteristics of a “healthy community” are the availability of decent, affordable housing, the maintenance of a “human-scale” urban environment, and freedom for all members to participate meaningfully in community life. Ten years after launching its urban progressive experiment, Santa Monica, California has made substantial progress toward th...
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This article examines the sociological significance of the concept of "environmental justice" for grassroots groups responding to toxic contamination in their local communities. Taking into account nationwide mobilization patterns in such communities, the author documents a precedent-setting episode in the city of Jacksonville, Arkansas, where citi...

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This project focuses on creating a sociological framework to study silence.