College of Social SciencesUniversity of Hawaii at Manoa
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Department of Sociology

 

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Mari Kita

Mari Kita

Lecturer - Outreach - Online

History

Education:
MA, Criminal Justice, CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice (2009)
BA, International Criminal Justice, CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice (2007)

 

Interests

Research:
Feminist Criminology, Crime and Delinquency in Japan, Death Penalty, Collateral Consequences of Crime, Family Members of Offenders

 

Publications

Avoidance, Ambivalence, Atonement: Framing Capital Punishment in Japan (2014) : This article examines how two of Japan’s largest newspapers frame death penalty issues. Through a content analysis of 7,153 Asahi and Nikkei articles in the 66-month period from January 1, 2007 to June 30, 2012, 11 death penalty frames are identified: inevitability, atonement by dying, atonement by living, victims’ rights and emotions, human rights, miscarriage of justice, calls for discussion, life without parole, deterrence, public support, and retribution. In addition to frames, we examined who the main voices are in each article on capital punishment. We found that avoidance and ambivalence are the two main approaches taken by Asahi and Nikkei to cover death penalty issues, and the most surprising finding is the high salience of atonement as a frame for thinking about capital punishment. In Japan, atonement is used to justify (atone by dying) and oppose (atone by living) the death penalty. Although atonement by living in prison and atonement by dying at the gallows imply radically different outcomes, the flexibility of the atonement frame may suggest new possibilities for Japan’s anti-death penalty movement. Type: Articles in international or national refereed journals Co-Authors: David T. Johnson Keywords: Death Penalty, Atonement, Executions, Hanging, Secrecy, Mass Media, Content Analysis

 

eSyllabi

SOC 335 (Fall 2017) : Drugs and Society - Download

SOC 336 (Fall 2017) : Deviant Behavior - Download

SOC 333 (Summer 2016) : Survey of Criminology - Download

SOC 335 (Summer 2016) : Survey of Drugs and Society - Download
  Section: Online

SOC 335 (Spring 2016) : Survey of Drugs and Society - Download

SOC 362 (Spring 2016) : Sociology of Gender - Download
  Cross Listed: WS 362

SOC 432 (Fall 2015) : Analysis in Corrections - Download

SOC 335 (Summer 2015) : Survey of Drugs and Society - Download

SOC 335 (Fall 2014) : Survey of Drugs and Society - Download

SOC 231 (Spring 2014) : Introduction to Juvenile Delinquency - Download

SOC 333 (Spring 2014) : Survey of Criminology - Download

SOC 335 (Summer 2013) : Drugs and Society - Download

SOC 362 (Spring 2013) : Sociology of Gender - Download