[RETRACTED] Voices of Social Justice and Diversity in a Hawai‘i Context

Grandparents, Grandchildren, Schools, Communities, and Churches



The Publisher notifies the readers that Voices of Social Justice and Diversity in a Hawai’i Context: Grandparents, Grandchildren, Schools, Communities, and Churches, edited by Amarjit Singh, M. Luafata Simanu-Klutz and Mike Devine, published in print in hardback, paperback and electronically on September 26, 2019, has been retracted as of March 12, 2020. On December 23, 2019, the Human Studies Program (HSP) of the University of Hawai’i (UH) notified the Publisher about alleged research misconduct by one of the editors and that a for-cause audit had been initiated on December 11, 2019. On February 27, 2020, the UH HSP shared the audit’s findings with the Publisher. The UH Social & Behavorial Institutional Review Board (IRB) identified research protocol violations by two of the editors, which constitute Serious Non-Compliance. Based on the audit’s findings, the Publisher has decided to withdraw both print and electronic versions of the book out of consideration for the research subjects and in view of irregularities identified by IRB.

This book presents nuanced small-scale studies and reflective essays, and is about voices of contemporary grandparents and grandchildren living in the State of Hawai'i which is rapidly going through economic, social, educational, and cultural transformation ushered in by forces of globalization and McDonaldization of society.

Hawai‘i is generally known as a great tourist destination that is no less than an imagined paradise. Hawai‘i is more than solely a site for tourism; it has a culturally and socially diverse population, and has a contested social history. In this context, in a deeper sense, the book gives the reader glimpses of family members at the level of intimacy among themselves in their place based situated interactions in today’s Hawai‘i. In its real essence, this book is an authentic collection of research papers, short stories, anecdotes, memories and reminiscences; of aloha (love, compassion, kindness) and mahalo (thanks, respect, and praise); of longing and search for legacy by diasporic elders, immigrants, settlers, American citizens, hyphenated Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders; by grandparents and grandchildren of diverse and multiple ethnicities, cultures, and races who have struggled hard through many decades to make Hawai‘i their permanent and beloved home and place, or long-term residence to live and raise their families.

The set of self-narratives in this book may have significant implications for understanding the process of aging in the State of Hawai'i; for social aging is both an individual and a social process in the sense that an individual’s biography is intimately related to her/his society’s biography. For “doing” roles such as being grandparents and grandchildren are heavily defined and structured by prevailing social and cultural processes.

The book may be useful for educators and students who are working and studying in areas such as education, sociology of family, social work, local and global social change, indigenous cultures and societies, alternative modernities and indigenizing social movements, race and ethnic relations, settler societies, social justice, health care, social gerontology, diaspora and immigration studies, and those working with youth in communities.

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Amarjit Singh is Professor of Education at Memorial University, Newfoundland, Canada, teaching there since 1970. BSc. Hons. Agriculture (1964, Pantnagar Agri. Uni., India), M.Ed. (Illinois, Champaign-Urbana 1966), Ph.D., Education (Sociology of Education, Michigan State University 1972), MPH (Gerontology, University of Hawai‘i-Manoa 1984). He co-edited four books on diasporic grandparents.
M. Luafata Simanu-Klutz, Ph.D. (2011), University of Hawai‘i-Mānoa, is Assistant Professor teaching Samoan language and literature. She has published articles, translations, book reviews, poetry, and co-edited a special issue of the Amerasia Journal (UCLA) about Pacific languages in diaspora.
Mike Devine, Ph.D. (2006), Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada, is an Associate Professor at the School of Social Work at Memorial University. He has published articles related to organizational development and grandparenting, including two books on grandparenting.
[RETRACTED] All interested in gerontology, aging and society, sociology of family, education, socialization, stratification, complex organizations, everyday life, political sociology, social policy, ethnicity and race relations, critical and reflective pedagogies, and cultural change and democratic societies.
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