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Business and Management Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
Intl. J. of Social Science Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 16)
J. of Education and Training Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
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  • Hearing Foreigners’ Voices: Unprecedented Communication for Hearing
           Foreigners’ Voices in Saudi Arabia

    • Authors: Alaa Bakur
      Pages: 1 - 9
      Abstract: After the Arab Spring uprisings, specifically the events in 2012, the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Labor inaugurated a participatory management department to engage with citizens via the introduction of new policies to meet Saudi citizens’ needs. The department adopted two approaches with which to promote citizen participation and hear and respond to the public’s voice. The approaches were social dialogue and the use of digital communication. The objective of this study is to investigate whether the Ministry of Labor allowed foreigners to participate in and engage with other Saudis to meet their interests in terms of employment, education, and other needs to enjoy the life in Saudi Arabia. The theoretical framework adopted for this paper is based on Nico Carpentier’s work. Data for the present study were collected through document analyses, in-depth interviews, and focus group discussions. The paper shows that opportunities for foreigners to engage and make their voices heard were given to specific groups. These groups, who hold various types of power, were included with ordinary Saudi citizens in terms of the level of participation given by the Saudi government. These foreigner groups were listened to because they had the power to persuade the Minister of Labor to include them with other Saudis. Additionally, ignoring these powerful foreigner groups could have lead them to act against the Saudis’ best interests, which was a main consideration of the Saudi government and Ministry of Labor.
      PubDate: 2017-10-31
      DOI: 10.11114/ijsss.v5i12.2747
      Issue No: Vol. 5, No. 12 (2017)
  • Doctor Distrust: Pragmatism, Intersectionality, and the Confluence of
           Expertise and Interests

    • Authors: Lawrence H. Williams
      Pages: 10 - 19
      Abstract: The idea that only experts can be privy to knowledge about the world has been strongly contested throughout recent history. Using interviews with 39 British seniors tasked to discuss the role of doctors in matters of life and death, I argue that distrust for expert knowledge stems largely from the belief that knowledge is deeply shaped by personal experience. However, such distrust is not absolute as respondents still hold some faith in medical expertise due to their own perceived lack of medical knowledge and experiences with the medical field. As such, I assert that respondents demonstrate ambivalence towards medical expertise due to the confluence of expertise and interests that they find in the role that doctors play in assisting individuals with their health. I connect my findings to the theoretical traditions of American pragmatism and intersectionality to demonstrate how the ambivalence demonstrated by respondents signals their tacit use of a combination of these theories or what I term pragmatic intersectionality.
      PubDate: 2017-10-31
      DOI: 10.11114/ijsss.v5i12.2748
      Issue No: Vol. 5, No. 12 (2017)
  • TANF Participation and Intimate Partner Violence: Exploring Barriers to

    • Authors: Johanna Thomas, Shannon Collier-Tenison, December Maxwell, Cody Cheek
      Pages: 20 - 31
      Abstract: Interpersonal Violence (IPV) is regarded as a primary barrier to employment for women in poverty. For recipients of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), required to participate in work-related activities, experiences of IPV threatens the ability to meet work requirements, resulting in sanctions, if they do not have exemptions through a domestic violence option (DVO) waiver. The purpose of the current study was to assess the effects of IPV on self-sufficiency in a sample of TANF participants. Data for the study were collected from a mail survey instrument sent to 2,000 randomly selected TANF recipients in one state in the U.S. Findings indicate the majority of the sample (N=525) was female (96%), non-white (73%), and single (86%). One-third of respondents experienced IPV and 29% experienced IPV within the past year. Approximately half of the respondents sustained a physical injury and 29% reported trouble working due to IPV. Non-parametric correlation analysis indicated those who reported IPV were less likely to be employed (p <.002). Respondents reporting violence in the past year and were less likely to be self-sufficient (p =.01). Lastly, participants who experienced an injury from IPV were also significantly more likely to have trouble working (p <.001). Although IPV is just one of many barriers to self-sufficiency for poor women, the lack of access to employment can have dire consequences for women reliant upon TANF benefits. This study indicates a need to further explore the linkages between IPV, access to employment, and other barriers to self-sufficiency.
      PubDate: 2017-10-31
      DOI: 10.11114/ijsss.v5i12.2749
      Issue No: Vol. 5, No. 12 (2017)
  • The Investigation and Comparison of Experience of Divorce in Divorced Men
           and Women (Meanings, Contexts, Outcomes, and Adjustment after Divorce)

    • Authors: Aida Abolhassni, Taghi Pourebrahim, Abolghasem Khoshkonesh
      Pages: 32 - 43
      Abstract: The aim of this qualitative study is to investigate the experience of divorced in men and women with respect to implications, backgrounds, consequences and compatibility of divorce and compares their experiences in this regard. To this end, the phenomenology method of qualitative research has been adopted in this study. 25 persons (13 females and 12 males) were selected using purposive sampling based on standard sampling strategy until data saturation was achieved. Semi-structured interviews were used to collect data. To analyze the data derived from phenomenological interviews, thematic analysis was employed. The research findings were divided into four general categories of divorce implications, backgrounds for divorce, divorce consequences and divorce adaptation. Each of these categories was further divided into sub-themes. In the category of divorce implications, two themes of perceived implications of divorce and semantic dimensions of divorce were discussed. The sub theme related to the perceived implications of divorce was additionally divided into three sub scales of divorce salvation, divorce as the last resort and negative implication of divorce. The sub-theme of semantic dimensions of divorce was also divided into three sub scales related to social, personal and sexual dimensions of divorce. In this study, the emphasis has been on the backgrounds for divorce rather than causes of divorce. The findings related to the backgrounds for divorce include 9 sub-themes which were divided into four general themes associated with large, medium, small and interactive dimensions. The consequences of divorce consisted of 17 sub-themes which were divided into three general subjects associated with economic, sociocultural and personal dimensions. Compatibility was also composed of 9 sub-themes divided into three general themes related to personal, domestic, socioeconomic and the presence of children. As for the disparity between men and women experience, the results showed that divorce experience was affected by the gender of participants in cultural and social settings. As for the implications and grounds for divorce, men and women had identical experiences, but there they were different in term of how they had gained those experiences. This difference was especially significant with respect to divorce consequences and compatibility. For men, divorce consequences are more notable with respect to emotional and personal dimension but for women, the social and cultural dimension is highlighted. Moreover, divorce tends to be considered as an internal matter for men and an external matter for women. Finally, it is concluded that this structure demonstrates the interactive nature of divorce dimensions, divorce, the reciprocity of divorce backgrounds, and structural relationship between various aspects of divorce. Thus, any preventive programs, counseling and intervention in divorce crisis should take such structural, complex and multidimensional relationships into consideration.
      PubDate: 2017-11-08
      DOI: 10.11114/ijsss.v5i12.2774
      Issue No: Vol. 5, No. 12 (2017)
  • Fostering Interdisciplinarity: Implications for Social Sciences

    • Authors: Sandro Serpa, Carlos Miguel Ferreira, Ana Isabel Santos
      Pages: 44 - 49
      Abstract: At a time when interdisciplinarity is encouraged, the aim of this article is to analyse some of its implications in contexts of teaching, research and professional practice. For this purpose, and through a literature review, the concept of interdisciplinarity is discussed. Subsequently, the paper discusses its importance and the implications of its promotion, focusing on the following aspects: scientific disciplinary identity, institutional consequences, and professional consequences. It is concluded that interdisciplinary collaboration, while being, in general, difficult to achieve, can, provided that it is controlled, be both a source of recognition and scientific and/or professional opportunities for social sciences. However, there are also potential risks not to be overlooked, being important to be aware of them.
      PubDate: 2017-11-08
      DOI: 10.11114/ijsss.v5i12.2775
      Issue No: Vol. 5, No. 12 (2017)
  • Tire Art: Environmental Education through Science, Visual and Language

    • Authors: Young Imm Kang Song, Maureen Creegan-Quinquis, DongSun Min, HuiKyeong Kang
      Pages: 50 - 64
      Abstract: This international project examined the use of an arts-integrated approach to teaching and learning 8th grade science and language art. It involved two arts faculty collaborating with classroom teachers in the US and South Korea. In the context of the "Tire Art project”, students and teachers were guided through several 2D and 3D creative interactions emphasizing innovative uses for recycled car tires and bicycle wheels. In this paper, authors discuss the learning that happened through the arts, and the learning that happened (by teachers) of arts integration methods. It is to be noted that integration is not only about the arts. In fact, if teachers take advantage of this approach, they will discover more connections and bridges between various non-art subjects. When teachers are as affected by innovative approaches as the students, they often feel more confident and empowered in their professional competencies.
      PubDate: 2017-11-08
      DOI: 10.11114/ijsss.v5i12.2776
      Issue No: Vol. 5, No. 12 (2017)
  • Nihat Keklik's Views of the Theory of Wisdom Building

    • Authors: Kazım Yıldırım
      Pages: 65 - 71
      Abstract: At the entrance of the thesis, Keklik's short life, Turkish Islamic Philosophy organization and his thoughts about Turkish Islamic Philosophy were discussed. In addition, the Wisdom Building (Hikmet Binası) Theory was handled by Keklik. This work, which we have prepared by benefiting from his own works (including lecture notes in undergraduate, graduate and doctoral courses), is composed of the information obtained based on the source scanning.
      PubDate: 2017-11-08
      DOI: 10.11114/ijsss.v5i12.2777
      Issue No: Vol. 5, No. 12 (2017)
  • Virginia Satir’s Family Education and Therapy Model

    • Authors: Neşide Yıldırım
      Pages: 72 - 79
      Abstract: Satir’s model (1916-1988) is not theoretical; it is a practical model; she has developed it by applying herself. It does not include stereotyped shapes in human relationships, but dynamic, variable applications. According to Satir, “the form is not the method itself”, the method is motion; this is a dynamic phenomenon. It constantly changes and tries to remove certain bans that have examined itself and prevented it from changing. A person who grows in a constantly restricted, prohibited environment since childhood cannot fully demonstrate his capacity without being aware of his potential. Such a result is manifested only in a limited environment where development is hindered. The change will take place after the problem is recognized. The goal is to increase self-confidence in the family, to nurture or support better choices, to increase responsibility, and to improve compliance within the family or between people.This study was carried out by using the copy of Satir’s book, which was originally called “The Conjoint Family Therapy” and translated into Turkish by Selim Ali Yeniçeri as “Basic Family Therapy” and published in Istanbul by Beyaz Yayınları in 2016.
      PubDate: 2017-11-08
      DOI: 10.11114/ijsss.v5i12.2778
      Issue No: Vol. 5, No. 12 (2017)
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