Journal of Social Sciences
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ISSN (Print) 1549-3652
Published by Science Publications [28 journals]
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Open Access journal
ISSN (Print) 1549-3652
Published by Science Publications [28 journals]
- Contrastive Analysis of Stretched Collocations with Get and Take: Their
use and Pedagogical Implications
Abstract: Thispaper explores the pedagogical implications of contrastive analyses of lightverb constructions containing get and take in English and Spanishbased on electronic corpora, the British National Corpus (BNC) and the Corpusde Referencia del Español Actual (CREA). The main tenets of collocationsfrom a contrastive perspective-and the points of contact and departure betweenboth languages-are discussed prior to examining the commonest types of verb+ nouncombinations (i.e., take a bath, take advantage of), verb+ adjective(i.e. get ready, get worse, get angry), verb+ participle (i.e., getmarried, get dressed) as significant cases of so-called “light”, “empty”,“thin”, “stretched” or “support” verbs. A quantitative and qualitative-orientedcase study is accordingly conducted, determining the weight of get and takein stretched collocations in the BNC and ofthe Spanish equivalent verbs constructions within the CREA. Based on empiricaldata obtained this way, this paper provides relevant insights for more accuratetranslations, helping to enhance the collocational competence of L2 students,who tend to avoid constructions including empty verbs in favour of full verbforms. The findings in this study shed light on the potential of corporaresources for improving the collocational usage of foreign-language learners,as quantitative and qualitative comparisons of collocations serve to highlightthe similarities and, more importantly, the lexical, cognitive and typologicaldifferences between these phraseological constructions in the two languages,thereby substantiating the very useful role that corpus analysis may play forlanguage teaching in general and for collocational knowledge and proficiency inparticular.
- Constructions in the Classroom: Examples of a Phraseodidactic Approach for
the Teaching of L2 French
Abstract: Language learners andlanguage teachers alike have long recognized the fact that there is more tolearning a second language than simply learning grammar and vocabulary words.Such an approach misses the fact that there are certain sequences that are preferredby the native speaker, despite the very large number of possibleformulations in any given language. Many terms have been used to refer to thesepreferred sequences, including formulaic language and phraseologicalunits. However, these sequences occupy a more or less important positiondepending on one’s theoretical underpinnings. In the current article, insightsfrom an approach to language informed by construction grammar will be used inorder to make suggestions concerning the teaching of constructions. The articlewill end with two specific and concrete pedagogical interventions for theteaching of French as a foreign language.
- How Trainee Translators Analyse Lexico-Grammatical Patterns
Abstract: In this study, we examine the ability of advanced students ofspecialised translation to identify and analyse ‘generic collocations’ in acorpus of specialised multilingual texts (mostly technical or scientific textsin English, French and German). In general, we find that our students attachmuch importance to frequently-occurring ‘clusters’ or ‘n-grams’. However thestudents find it difficult to see these fragments as productive patterns ofwording, or to assign a rhetorical function to them. This rather fixed view ofphraseology suggests that there may be shortcomings in the way that we asteachers conceptualise and problematise the concept of the ‘lexico-grammaticalpattern’ for our students. In the second part of this study, we suggest adifferent way of identifying and conceptualising phraseological phenomena usingthe metalanguage of Systemic Functional Grammar (SFG).
- How to Apply CxG to Phraseology: A Multilingual Research Project
Abstract: Inthe present research project, we will set out to design and populate amultilingual database which lists and describes Italian, Chinese, English,French, German, Japanese, Russian and Spanish phraseologisms. We firmly believethat the multilingual database will prove particularly useful in secondlanguage teaching. We will endorse the holistic perspective of ConstructionGrammar as our theoretical and applied framework (Goldberg, 1995; Croft,2001): We conceive of phraseologisms, in particular idiomatic expressions, as‘constructions’, i.e., form-meaning pairings whose meaning is not compositional.With reference to Croft (2001), we will describe multi-word units in their phonological,morpho-syntactic semantico-pragmatic and discursive aspects (Schafroth, 2013) with the aim of providing anupdated tool for second language acquisition and teaching purposes.
- Register-Specific Collocational Constructions in English and Spanish: A
Abstract: Constructions are usage-based, conventionalisedpairings of form and function within a cline of complexity and schematisation.Most research within Construction Grammar has focused on the monolingualdescription of schematic constructions: Mainly in English, but to a lesserextent in other languages as well. By contrast, very little constructionalanalyses have been carried out across languages. In this study we will focus ona type of partially substantive construction from the point of view ofcontrastive analysis and translation which, to the best of our knowledge, isone of the first studies of this kind. The first half of the article lays downthe theoretical foundations of the study and introduces Construction Grammar aswell as other formalisms used in literature in order to provide a construalaccount of collocations, a pervasive phenomenon in language. The experimentalpart describes the case study of V NP collocations with disease/enfermedad incomparable corpora in English and Spanish, both in the general domain and inthe specialised medical domain. It is provided a comparative analysis of theseconstructions across domains and languages in terms of token-type ratio (constructionalrestriction-rate), lexical function, type of determiner, frequency ranking ofthe verbal collocate and domain specificity of collocates, among others. Newmeasures to assess construal bondness will be put forward (lexical fillednessrate and individual productivity rate) and special attention will be paid toregister-dependent equivalent semantic-functional counterparts in English andSpanish and mismatches.
- Subjective Perception and Causal Attributions for Poverty in Italy
Abstract: Doesa relation between subjective perception of one’s own socioeconomic status andwhat one believes about impoverishment exist? Are people’s causal attributionsfor poverty related to their concern for cost of living, their evaluation ofeconomic situation in the last 12 months or prevision for next 12 months? Thispaper aims at studying these relations in order to better understand people'sviewpoint on what originates poverty. The study considers data collected into aresearch carried out in 2012, in Italy and that has involved around 1000participants. A Principal Component Analysis has allowed detecting three maincomponents and the following analyses have showed significant relations betweenattributions and factors like, e.g., the perception of the personalsocioeconomic status and concern for cost of living.
- The Diaspora Nigeriansâ Image Problem of Drug and Fraud:
A Case Study of the Malaysian-Indonesian Experience through Newspaper
Abstract: It is no longer news that theeconomic and social problems in Nigeria have led to mass migration of Nigeriansto other parts of the world for better job opportunities and/or education.South-East Asia has had its fair intake of some of these Nigerians especiallyin recent times. However, some unscrupulous Nigerians in their bid to makequick money have used the opportunity afforded by some of their host nations tocommit crimes ranging from drug trafficking to internet fraud. The negativeactivities of these few have had a bad impact on the image of the entirecitizenry of Nigeria in diaspora and this has led to stereotyping andprejudices-at times with dire consequences. Using the textual analysis method,this paper looks at the activities of some of these criminal minded Nigeriansin diaspora through newspaper reports in Malaysia and Indonesia with a view topinpointing the problems they are creating in these societies, their negativeeffect on other Nigerians and what solution(s) could possibly be implemented incurbing their activities.
- Juvenile Court Dispositions in the Deep South: Examining the Concept of
Justice by Geography
Abstract: The concept of justice by geography suggeststhat sentencing decisions in the juvenile justice system are influenced by thegeographical context of the courts. This study sought to examine thisphenomenon by examining rates of harsh juvenile sentencing (dispositions) in 64parishes (i.e., counties) in the Deep South using parish-level characteristicssuch as geographic location (urban/suburban vs. rural), race and poverty. Amultivariate regression analysis revealed that places with high poverty ratesexperienced significantly higher harsh disposition rates than those with lesspoverty. Other measured parish characteristics were unrelated and thus, thejustice by geography concept was not supported. Implications for juvenilejustice policy and future research are discussed.
- Perceptions of Care, Socio-Demographic Characteristics and Health Care
Utilisation among Health Insurance users in Ghana
Abstract: The socio-demographic characteristics of clients and their perception ofquality of care play a major part in peopleâs decision making processespecially in service utilization. This study assesses the relationship betweenclientsâ socio-economic features as well as their perceived quality on healthcare utilization. The study adopted a non-experimental cross sectional designin eliciting information from health clients who accessed health services inten selected hospitals in the Kumasi Metropolis with a cluster sampling designto select 400 clients from the ten health facilities purposely selected. The researcherused interviews and semi structured questionnaires to collect data and usedSPSS version 20 for processing whiles descriptive and inferential statisticswas supported with STATA 11. Perception about the quality of health provisioninfluenced access of healthcare with NHIS cards. Clients who viewed the overallquality of health provision as good or very good were more likely to accesshealthcare with NHIS card as compared to those who rated the overall healthprovision as poor or very poor (OR = 2.1; p
- Adoption Factors of Electronic Human Resource Management (e-HRM) in
Banking Industry of Bangladesh
Abstract: Thepurpose of the study is identifying the important factors that contribute toadoption of e-HRM among banks in Bangladesh. Stratified random samplingtechnique was used to consider 265 respondents from twenty eight privatecommercial banks. A pre-tested and close-ended questionnaire adaptingfive-point Likert scale was used for data collection. In this study,descriptive statistics and exploratory factor analysis are exercised asstatistical tools. The result shows that employee’s individual attributes, topmanagement support, compatibility, IT infrastructure and industry pressure areimportant factors that influencing management decision to adopt e-HRM amongbanks. The practical implication of the findings is discussed at the end ofthis paper and recommendations for further research are also addressed.
- Omission of Men from Gender-Development Theory and Praxis: A Pathway for
Addressing the Plights of Women?
Abstract: Within thegender-development discourse, there have been widespread concerns in relationto the neglect of women in benefitting from the process and outcomes ofdevelopment. This has led in part to the proliferation of policy programmingdesigned for women to achieve gender equality while ensuring that women benefitproportionally from development. However the extent to which gender-basedinterventions will succeed in relation to their aims will depend inter alia onhow such programmes view other members (men) of the household. This papercritically examines the consequences of men’s omission from gender-developmenttheory and practice. We draw our discussion on the theoretical and empiricalliterature by focusing on two gender-based programmes i.e., microfinanceschemes and HIV/AIDs interventions that have been implemented widely across thedeveloping world with the aim of transforming gender relations and addressinggender subordination. We argue that in isolating men from gender baseddevelopment programmes, interventions may fail to tackle the root causes ofwomen’s subordinate position in society. Central to our argument lies the factthat women’s lives are embedded within the wider socio- cultural dynamics andpower structures and thus the lack of critical assessment of these elements mayact as potential constraining factors hindering the success of theseprogrammes. Besides, though it is undisputed that women have beenunderprivileged, the insipient emergence of “men in crisis” in developmentdiscourse may suggest that policies have not benefited all men either. Thepaper concludes with recommendations inimproving the design of gender based programmes in efforts towards addressingthe plight of women.
- Social Psychology and Performative Interventions in Human Systems. The
Abstract: Thepurpose of this paper is to describe the GENERATIVE method, a methodology forpromoting change in human systems (i.e., contexts involving human interactions,such as organizations, communities, institutions). The first part of the paperis focused on the description of the interactionist and constructionistepistemological background adopted. The second is dedicated to the presentationof human systems as socially constructed realities. The third part is dedicatedto the description of the three recursive steps of the GENERATIVE methodology: Thesystem analysis, the negotiation and redefinition of goals and the pragmaticintervention. Finally, the presentation of the methodological steps iscritically discussed in order to show how this methodology is particularlyuseful and effective in promoting change in human systems. The paper aims toprovide insights and guidelines to professionals, practitioners and consultantsworking in contexts involving human interactions.
- Women’s Participation in Agricultural Activities at Forest Land
Areas of Bangladesh
Abstract: Women first initiated agricultural practices and demonstratedthe art of science of farming. Women played a key role in the conservation ofbasic support system. The main objective of this research was to determine theextent of participation in agricultural activities by the rural women inMadhupur forest areas. An attempt was made to explore the potentials factorsthat influence their participation in agricultural activities in Madhupur forestareas in Bangladesh. Data were collected from randomly selected 70 rural womenby using a pre-tested structured interview schedule. The findingsof the study showed that the highest proportion of the respondents (95.7%) hadhigh level of participation in agricultural activities, where only 4.3% hadmedium and 1.4% had low level of participation. Among nine selectedcharacteristics of the rural women, two of these namely years of schooling andfamily farm size did not show positive significant relationships with theirextent of participation in agricultural activities. On the other hand,extension media contact and access to training on agriculture showed positivesignificant relationship with their extent of participation in agriculturalactivities. The findings of the study indicate that the respondents of thestudy area have no alternatives other than agricultural activities. Here, morethan half of respondents (62.9%) motivated towards agricultural activities asthey have no alternatives to do, where, 25.7 and 11.4% of them wereself-motivated and enforced by other to practice agricultural activities,respectively. More training should be provided to the women farmers of thestudy areas and require more exposure to extension media which helps the peopleto become more conscious, rational decision maker and informative aboutagricultural activities. So the authority should implement adequate developmentprogram in the forest areas for the welfare of women farmers.
- Theory Practice Gaps in Nursing Education: A Qualitative Perspective
Abstract: The last three decades have focused on moving thenursing education from the hospitals toward the universities. The theoreticalpart has started to gain more popularity in nursing education. The literatureshows that there is a clear gap between what is taught in the classroom andwhat the student nurses experience in the clinical area. This study aimed toidentify the reasons for this gap and present suggestions to overcome it. Anexploratory qualitative approach was adopted. Individual face-to-face semi-structured interviewswith thirty students were done.The findings shed light on one main theme “the reasons for theory-practice gap”.Many of the students explained that the lack of qualifications of the clinicalinstructors formed a key stone in increasing the gap between theory andpractice. Lack of communication between Theory and Practice teachers was viewedas another reason for this gap. The students showed the complexity of theclinical learning environment in comparison with the theory controlledenvironment. Poor communication between clinical instructors and lack of supportin the clinical training was viewed crucial and was expected to increase thefeelings of frustration and dissatisfaction among nursing students. Inconclusion, qualitative design used in this study provided deep and rich dataabout the theory-practice gaps in nursing education in Jordan. The results ofthis study could be useful for the undergraduate students, the nursing schools,the nursing teachers and the stakeholders in Jordan.
- Economic Development of Pak Dome Community in the Lower Mun River Basin
for Good Life Quality in Northeastern Thailand
Abstract: This qualitative research was carried out of the Pak Dome community, Mu 1 Tambon Posai, Amphoe Phibun Mang sahan, Ubon Ratchathani. The 15 samples went through learning process by raising plants and animals. The field data were collected using interviews and participant observations. The data were analyzed descriptively and the results were as follows the people who settled at the Pak Dome community migrated from Tapthai Pha Aw and Sao thong villages. The community was located near the area where the Pak Dome creek met the Mun River. The area was and still is plentiful of fish and edible plants. The Pak Dome community experienced change due to external and internal factors as early as 1855 when Thailand signed the Bowring Treaty with the United Kingdom and the Government railway reached Nakhon Ratchasima in 1900. Such events opened up free trade among major towns and large communities located along the Mun River basin. The Kukrit Promoterâs government policy of putting the money or budget back to the countryside for improvement of infrastructure and/or employment in 1990. The change taught the Pak Dome people to readjust their subsistence economy to market economy. To a large extent, the people some people went back to growing food crops and raised animals using home or community made fertilizer. The new experience helped the people to reduce their risk from market economy, improve soil fertility and free of chemical deposits. The impact of the newly selected project was immense. Economically, the people almost doubled their annual income from 15,000 baht to about 24,000 baht per family. Their quality of life improved due to improved environment, food consumption, self-help or subsistence economy and improved learning experience initiated or brought by resource persons from within and outside of the community and reduced cost and increased farm produce.
- The Role of Developmental Psychology to Understanding History, Culture and
Abstract: Developmental psychology of the past generations has evidenced that the whole pre-modern humankind stood on pre-operational or concrete-operational stages. Only the modern humankind has also developed the fourth stage of human development, the adolescent stage of formal operations. Lew Vygotski was 1933 one of the first to earmark convincingly the connection of socialisation (school education) and cognitive development as a precondition to reach the âhigher psychological processesâ, as the Russian school designated what the school of Geneva called âformal operationsâ. The essay documents that developmental psychology is necessary to reconstruct the history of magic, religion, sciences, philosophy, law, morals, politics, economy, population, arts, customs and mentality. It is impossible to understand humanâs history on earth and social change from Pleistocene up to modern times without developmental psychology. Moreover, the emergence of the formal operations during the early modern times caused the rise of modern, industrial society, including its main parts âindustrialismâ, âsciencesâ, âEnlightenmentâ, âhumanismâ and âdemocracyâ. These five main phenomena of modernity manifest higher stages of psyche and cognition, having arisen in the same region and in the same era. Developmental psychology is able to explain their nature and their internal coherence, while traditional social sciences have no means available to deal with these phenomena, considering their common origination as an accidental phenomenon or misinterpreting it.
- Factors Influencing Online Shopping in Mauritius: An Application of
Principal Component Analysis and Binary Logistic Regression
Abstract: In our modern world, the intensive use of internet has imposed new lifestyles and encouraged new behaviour amongst many across the globe. With the development in Internet technologies, the emergence of online shopping has altered the way businesses operate. While many of them have embraced this platform to present their offerings, many customers on the other hand, are finding it more cost-effective and convenient to carry out their transactions online. Therefore, the present study was undertaken to refine our understanding on consumersâ attitudes, perception and behaviour towards online shopping in a Mauritian context. Data was collected among 224 respondents in Mauritius whereby a questionnaire was administered through personal interviews with the aim of achieving a higher response rate. Principle Component Analysis (PCA) was performed to reveal the underlying factors influencing peopleâs perceptions and attitudes towards online shopping and the results uncovered that âonline shopping conveniencesâ, âsecurity and product riskâ, âcomplexity and waiting timeâ and âenjoyment and pleasureâ were major contributors to overall attitudes towards online shopping attributes. The binary regression model was also fitted and factors such as marital status and internet at home were the significant factors to contribute towards online shopping.
- Perceived Social Support and Opinions on Poverty: Is it Chronic or
Abstract: This article discusses the relation between perceptual component of social support and the beliefs about stability of poverty condition. To what extent individualâs perception about having back covered, resulting from opinion about familyâs or friendsâ resources or their moral support, influences his belief about poverty as a chronic or a transient condition? Analyses-Chi2 test on bivariate crossings-have been carried out on a sample of 992 individuals resident in Lazio, an Italian region. They were asked to respond to a multidimensional semiâstructured questionnaire on their socialâeconomic status and beliefs about poverty. Outcomes emerged revealed a relation between the feeling safe thanks to personal supportive network and opinion on poverty: Respondents showing a greater feeling of back covered consider poverty a chronic condition more than others. On the contrary, the evaluation of poverty as a condition that is possible to escape from is more frequent among people who reported to feel morally supported or they can count on familyâs or friendsâ resources.
- Personality Traits and Exposure to Stressful Life Events Among Smokers and
Abstract: Early studies supposed that personality traits and studentsâ life, which include brings many social and academic changes, may be relevant factors in initiation and maintenance of smoking. The aims of this study were to investigate differences in personality dimensions, as well as exposure to stressful life events among studentsâ smokers and nonsmokers and finally to examine the predictive contribution of these variables to smoking status. The study was conducted on the sample of 200 students from the University of Mostar, with a median age of 21 (interquartile range, 3) who completed Goldbergâs Personality Questionnaire and Scale of stressful life events. The group of students who never smoke (N = 101) and the group of smokers (N = 99) took part in the study. The results have shown that personality dimension of neuroticism and stressful life events related to social alienation, academic failure and everyday social conflict differed the smokers and non-smokers group. The smokers had higher scores in comparison to non-smokers group of students. Neuroticism and stressful life events academic failure and academic maladjustment were also significant predictors to smoking status.
- Rural and Urban Attitudes toward Immigrants in the U.S. Midwest and Great
Abstract: Recent immigration has transformed much of the Midwest and Great Plains regions of the United States, affecting its rural and urban areas through dramatic increases in the foreign-born population and in particular Latino immigrant populations. This study examines three theories of prejudice: Perceptions of threat, contact with immigrants and a cosmopolitanism outlook, in predicting rural and urban attitudes toward immigrants in Nebraska, a state experiencing a substantial rise in immigrant populations. We use a large, randomly drawn sample of individuals across the state of Nebraska. Using ordinary least squares methods we show that the effects of perceived threat, contact and a cosmopolitan outlook vary within and between rural and urban areas of the state. Perceived threat was found to have the greatest negative effects on attitudes toward immigrants for those who live in small cities and the open country or on farms, while contact with immigrants and a cosmopolitan outlook was found to have the greatest positive effect on attitudes for those living in large cities and for towns. Implications for growing the Latino population are discussed.
- A New Look At Our Old Attitude Problem
Abstract: Across the disciplines, attitudes are commonly measured through the use of unidimensional scaling (e.g., Likert scaling). Given that the Likert measurement scale (multiple equivalent items regarding an attitudinal target from which a summated score is produced) and the Likert response format (positive to negative judgements) were developed over 80 years ago, this article questions whether Likert scaling is still optimal for attitude investigation. In this article, it is argued that the lack of resolution of the debate around the dimensionality of attitudes has encouraged a simplistic view of attitudes (assumed unidimensionality of both attitudes and attitudes responses) to predominate, without empirical justification for this view.
- RELATIONSHIP AMONG E-SERVICE QUALITY, CULTURE, ATTITUDE, TRUST, RISK OF
Abstract: Purchasing is considered a risky business specifically in the online purchasing environment. The research was designed to fill the gap in the existing body of knowledge regarding attitudes and differences in electronic service quality perception between two different geographical and cultural countries-Malaysia and Saudi Arabia-regarding online shopping. Specifically, this research extended previous effort done in an online shopping context by providing evidence that high service quality increase consumersâ trust perception, which in turn results in favorable attitude toward online shopping, with risk perception on consumerâs trust. Findings indicated differences between Saudis and Malaysians in e-service quality perception. Also attitude toward online shopping was affected by e-service quality perception, but it had mediated effects through trust. Finally, researcher found that perceived risk moderated the relationship between e-service quality and trust. The findings provide practical suggestions for managers on how to develop consumer trust online and enhance purchase attitude even when customers have high risk perception. E-service quality should strongly influence trust for individuals with a higher perceived risk associated with online purchase in comparison to those with a lower perceived risk.
- ECONOMIC CONDITIONS OF THE STATES BEFORE AND AFTER THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR
Abstract: Even though, the American Civil War is considered as a seminal event in the history of the United States, there are not many empirical studies examining economic conditions of the Union and the Confederate states. Even though, economic conflict is not considered to be a cause of the Civil War, economic conditions after the war were vastly different in the Union and the Confederate states. The purpose of this study is to analyze the economic outcomes of individuals in the Confederate states and the Union states before and after the American Civil War using census data for 1860 and 1880. Our goal is to analyze the improvements in the occupation income scores. Since the slaves were freed, we also examine whether there was a reduction in the farm households.
- WOMEN AND POLITICS: SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION AND A POLICY OF DECONSTRUCTION
Abstract: Female representation in politics is not unusual but the significance can be questionable. Womenâs involvement in politics has been minimal in Malaysia. The improvement in the number of female representatives over the years has been surprisingly slow. Thus the political landscape is still a manâs world. Although the number of female registered voters is higher than male, womenâs representation in the parliament fails to reflect this societal majority. The feminist perspective argues that deterrent factors to womenâs active involvement are due to social construction and such a claim is supported when reviewing this phenomenon. Women are still viewed as the supportive group and unfit to lead the society. Despite the National Policy for Women that was adopted to deconstruct such double standards for women, the struggles for women in politics are tremendous. This research applies the qualitative method to examine women and politics. Secondary data is gathered to challenge the claim that the National Policy for women has empowered women in politics. This article examines the meaning of social construction and deconstruction mechanisms that are unable to boost womenâs participation in politics. Overall, women are certainly capable of carrying out political responsibilities but the miles to significant political participation are still far.
- GENDER PREFERENCES FOR ALTERNATIVE ENERGY TRANSPORT WITH FOCUS ON ELECTRIC
Abstract: Transportation has become an important part of our day to day life. Due to changing lifestyle, frequent travels whether related to work or leisure has become a common phenomenon. Such lifestyle also demands comfortable transport medium and reasonable availability of fuels. As need of vehicle for transportation is rising, it has put pressure of fuel supply, fuel prices and environment as well. The rising prices of fuel, increasing pressure on resources and threatening environment pollution is driving the need for alternative and clean sources of energy. Increasing competition among nations to own the resources is becoming a serious threat for many developing countries. This paper empirically examines the gender preference for alternative energy sources and related technologies for vehicles. In total, 1168 questionnaires were received from respondents (male-711, female-442, not disclosed-15) from eleven cities in India viz. Bengaluru, Chennai, Cochin, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Pune, Imphal, Rohtak, Sagar and Tiruvanathpuram in India and one city from Bhutan-Thimpu. Respondents who did not disclose their gender were excluded from the study. The study was conducted from October 2013 to June 2014. The objective of the study was to understand the social dimensions and gender preferences of the respondents regarding their preference for electric vehicle as an alternative energy transport for personal and public use. The primary data was collected through a structured questionnaire. The data was analyzed through the Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSSÂ®). Findings indicate that in general fueled vehicles are still preferred over electric vehicles. However there is a strong interest in electric vehicles. It was observed that more than 66% of the respondents in the age group of 18-30 can become prospective customers in the near future, if the electric vehicles meet their expectations. In this age group, 59% of the respondents were male and 41% were female. Most of the respondents indicated that they would purchase the electric vehicle as it would save operating costs, it is environment friendly and less dependent on fossil fuel. It was observed that as compared to female, male respondents were more inclined towards the influential factors like fuel efficiency, safety, vehicle power and reliability and early availability of vehicle in the market. In all 93% of respondents confirm that they are willing to pay the premium price and among them, 61% were male and 39% were female.