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Fudan Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences     Hybrid Journal  
Future Times     Full-text available via subscription  
Genocide Studies and Prevention     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Genocide Studies International     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Géographie et cultures     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Ghana Journal of Development Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Global Journal of Social Sciences     Full-text available via subscription  
Global Social Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Graduate Journal of Social Science     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Grief Matters : The Australian Journal of Grief and Bereavement     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9)
Gruppendynamik und Organisationsberatung     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
GSTF Journal of Law and Social Sciences     Open Access  
Hacettepe Üniversitesi Edebiyat Fakültesi Dergisi     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Hallazgos     Open Access  
Harmoni Sosial : Jurnal Pendidikan IPS     Open Access  
He Puna Korero: Journal of Maori and Pacific Development     Full-text available via subscription  
Headmark     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Herencia     Open Access  
Heritage & Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
História e Cultura     Open Access  
Human Affairs     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Huria : Journal of the Open University of Tanzania     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Hydra : Interdisciplinary Journal of Social Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Iberoforum. Revista de Ciencias Sociales de la Universidad Iberoamericana     Open Access  
Iconos. Revista de Ciencias Sociales     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
IdeAs. Idées d'Amérique     Open Access  
Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19)
IDS Bulletin     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
IEEE Transactions on Computational Social Systems     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Illness, Crisis & Loss     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Immigrants & Minorities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Impact     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Informes Científicos - Técnicos UNPA     Open Access  
Infrastructure Complexity     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Inkanyiso : Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
InPsych : The Bulletin of the Australian Psychological Society Ltd     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Inter Faculty     Open Access  
Interações : Cultura e Comunidade     Open Access  
Interim : Interdisciplinary Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
International Communication of Chinese Culture     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
International Development Planning Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
International Journal for Transformative Research     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
International Journal of Applied Behavioral Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
International Journal of Arab Culture, Management and Sustainable Development     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
International Journal of Bahamian Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
International Journal of Business and Social Research     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
International Journal of Canadian Studies / Revue internationale d’études canadiennes     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
International Journal of Conflict and Violence     Open Access   (Followers: 15)
International Journal of Cultural Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
International Journal of Iberian Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
International Journal of Language and Culture     Hybrid Journal  
International Journal of Management and Social Sciences     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
International Journal of Management, Economics and Social Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
International Journal of Punishment and Sentencing, The     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
International Journal of Qualitative Methods     Open Access   (Followers: 23)
International Journal of Research in Business and Social Science     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
International Journal of Social and Allied Research     Full-text available via subscription  
International Journal of Social and Humanistic Computing     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
International Journal of Social and Organizational Dynamics in IT     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
International Journal of Social Research Methodology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 56)
International Journal of Social Science Research     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
International Journal of Social Science Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 13)
International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 42)
International Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
International Review of Qualitative Research     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 37)
International Scholarly Research Notices     Open Access   (Followers: 170)
International Social Science Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 24)
International Studies. Interdisciplinary Political and Cultural Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Internationale Revue Fur Soziale Sicherheit     Hybrid Journal  
InterSciencePlace     Open Access  
Investigación y Desarrollo     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Investigaciones Geográficas (Esp)     Open Access  
Irish Journal of Applied Social Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Is ve Insan Dergisi     Open Access  
Issues in Social Science     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
İstanbul Gelişim Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi     Open Access  
Ius et Praxis     Open Access  
Journal des Economistes et des Etudes Humaines     Hybrid Journal  
Journal for New Generation Sciences     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Journal for Semitics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Journal of Advanced Academic Research     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Agriculture and Social Research (JASR)     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Agriculture, Forestry and the Social Sciences     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Applied Social Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 36)
Journal of Applied Social Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Journal of Cognition and Culture     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Journal of Comparative Social Welfare     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Journal of Contemporary African Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Critical Race inquiry     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Cultural Economy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Journal of Cultural Heritage     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 16)
Journal of Development Effectiveness     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Journal of Educational Social Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences     Full-text available via subscription  
Journal of Family Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Journal of Globalization and Development     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Journal of Human Security     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
Journal of Humanity     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Interdisciplinary Gender Studies: JIGS     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 13)
Journal of Korean Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Language and Social Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Journal of Markets & Morality     Partially Free   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14)
Journal of Methods and Measurement in the Social Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Journal of Migration and Refugee Issues, The     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 29)
Journal of Organisational Transformation & Social Change     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Pan African Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 156)
Journal of Policy Practice     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Poverty and Social Justice     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 19)
Journal of Progressive Research in Social Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Purdue Undergraduate Research     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Relationships Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Social Work: Social Thought     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Journal of Research in National Development     Full-text available via subscription  
Journal of Responsible Innovation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Journal of Social Change     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Social Development in Africa     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Social Issues     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20)
Journal of Social Philosophy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22)
Journal of Social Science Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Journal of Social Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 18)
Journal of Social Studies Research     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Studies in Social Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Technology in Human Services     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Journal of the Bangladesh Association of Young Researchers     Open Access  
Journal of the Polynesian Society     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Journal of the University of Ruhuna     Open Access  
Journal of Transnational American Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Trust Management     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Just Policy: A Journal of Australian Social Policy     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Kaleidoscope     Open Access  
Kasetsart Journal of Social Sciences     Open Access  
Knowledge Management for Development Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Korean Social Science Journal     Hybrid Journal  
Kotuitui : New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online     Open Access  
KZfSS Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
L'Homme Europäische Zeitschrift für Feministische Geschichtswissenschaft     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
L'Ordinaire des Amériques     Open Access  
Labyrinthe     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Language and Intercultural Communication     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
Language Resources and Evaluation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Les Cahiers des dix     Full-text available via subscription  
Les Cahiers d’EMAM     Open Access  
Letras Verdes. Revista Latinoamericana de Estudios Socioambientales     Open Access  
Letters on Evolutionary Behavioral Science     Open Access  
Lilith: A Feminist History Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Liminar. Estudios Sociales y Humanisticos     Open Access  
Literacy Learning: The Middle Years     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Local-Global: Identity, Security, Community     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Loisir et Société / Society and Leisure     Hybrid Journal  
Lucero     Open Access  
Lúdicamente     Open Access  
Lutas Sociais     Open Access  
Lwati : A Journal of Contemporary Research     Full-text available via subscription  
Macedon Digest, The     Full-text available via subscription  
Maine Policy Review     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Mathématiques et sciences humaines     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
McNair Scholars Research Journal     Open Access  
McNair Scholars Research Journal     Open Access  
Meanjin     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Meanjin     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Meanjin Papers     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Meanjin Quarterly     Full-text available via subscription  
Media Information Australia     Full-text available via subscription  
Media International Australia     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Media International Australia, Incorporating Culture & Policy     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Melbourne Journal of Politics     Full-text available via subscription  
Mémoire(s), identité(s), marginalité(s) dans le monde occidental contemporain     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Memorias     Open Access  
methaodos.revista de ciencias sociales     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
México y la Cuenca del Pacífico     Open Access  
Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Migration Action     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Mitologicas     Open Access  
Monthly, The     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Mütefekkir     Open Access  
Müvészettörténeti Értesitö     Full-text available via subscription  
National Academy Science Letters     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
National Emergency Response     Full-text available via subscription  
National Observer     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Neo : A Journal of Student Research     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
New Left Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
New Perspectives on Turkey     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
New Zealand International Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 12)
Newsletter of the Gypsy Lore Society     Hybrid Journal  
Nineteenth-Century Contexts: An Interdisciplinary Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Noesis. Revista de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades     Open Access  
Nómadas     Open Access  
Nómadas. Revista Crítica de Ciencias Sociales y Jurídicas     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Northeast African Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Nouvelles perspectives en sciences sociales : revue internationale de systémique complexe et d'études relationnelles     Full-text available via subscription  
Novos Cadernos NAEA     Open Access  
Novos Estudos - CEBRAP     Open Access  
Occasional Series in Criminal Justice and International Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Oceania     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)

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Journal Cover International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
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  • Editorial: the third sector and the global economic recession
    • Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 36, Issue 7/8, July 2016.

      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2016-06-03T09:18:50Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-05-2016-0061
       
  • Working under pressure: economic recession and third sector development in
           Europe
    • Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 36, Issue 7/8, July 2016.
      Purpose The context conditions for third sector organizations (TSOs) in Europe have significantly changed as a result of the global economic crisis, including decreasing levels of public funding and changing modes of relations with the state. The effect of economic recession, however, varies across Europe. This article aims to understand why this is the case. It analyses the impact of economic recession and related policy changes on third sector development in Europe. The economic effects on TSOs are thereby placed into a broader context of changing third sector policies and welfare state restructuring. Design/methodology/approach The article focuses on two research questions: (1) how has the changing policy environment affected the development of the third sector? And (2) what kind of strategies have TSOs adopted to respond to these changes? The article first investigates general trends in Europe, based on a conceptual model that focuses on economic recession and austerity policies with regard to the third sector. In a second step of analysis, the article provides five country case studies that exemplify policy changes and responses from the third sector in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, and Spain. Findings The article argues that three different development paths can be identified across Europe. In some countries (France and Spain), TSOs face a strong effect of economic recession. In other countries (Germany and Poland) the development of the third sector remains largely stable, albeit at different levels, whereas in the Netherlands, TSOs rather experience changes in the policy environment than a direct impact of economic decline. The article also shows that response strategies of the third sector in Europe depend on the context conditions. The article is based on the European project “Third Sector Impact” (TSI). It combines an analysis of statistical information with qualitative data from interviews with third sector representatives Originality/value The article contributes to our understanding of the interrelation between economic recession, long-term policy changes and third sector development in Europe.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2016-06-03T09:18:49Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-01-2016-0010
       
  • Women’s participations in economic and NGO activities in Bangladesh:
           an empirical study on the Bangladesh Demography and Health Survey (BDHS)
    • Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 36, Issue 7/8, July 2016.
      Purpose This study examines key factors affecting the economic involvement of women in Bangladesh and women’s involvement with Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) operating in that country. Design/methodology/approach The study uses nationally representative data set. Quantitative analysis was utilised to explore data contained in the Bangladesh Demographic and Health Surveys 2007 and 2011. Findings The findings indicate that age, marital status, number of children living in the household, place of residence, geographical location, education, partner’s education and the wealth index are important factors in enabling women’s involvement in economic activities. In other words, the key findings emerged from the study are firstly, the low level of women’s economic activities in Bangladesh with a majority involved in farming, agriculture and poultry; secondly, those women involved in the labour market generally tended to come from poor backgrounds, have very little education, live in the Northwest geographical region and have a large family living in the same house; and finally, age, currently married, having a higher number of children, living in rural areas, from the Northwest region with almost no education and belonging to the poor wealth index quintile are found to be associated more with NGO activities in Bangladesh. Originality/value The research paper is original in terms of conceptual framework, research design and statistical analysis.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2016-06-03T09:18:48Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-09-2015-0097
       
  • Fighting cultural marginalisation with symbolic power in a Parisian
           
    • Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 36, Issue 7/8, July 2016.
      Purpose There exists a significant literature detailing the role of voluntary associations as important actors in mitigating forms of marginalisation under austerity. However, neglected in this literature is the role that such voluntary associations can play in forming and deploying ‘symbolic power’ to fight post-colonial, cultural forms of marginalisation. This is important, especially given conditions where material forms of fighting marginalisation are limited by austerity. Design/methodology/approach This paper employs a case study analysis, drawing on data collected during fieldwork and through archival research in France. This methodology allows for the investigation of the multitude of ways by which this association utilises post-colonial symbols to fight marginalisation. Findings This paper finds that under conditions of austerity, the case study of this association demonstrates three important themes of analysis. Firstly, the association, while not receiving funds outright from municipal authorities, actually is granted privileged access to municipal resources and is given significant personal support from local politicians. This support facilitates the second and third inter-related themes of analysis – namely the abilities to fight marginalisation using history and public culture. Originality/value This paper seeks to clarify this role of voluntary associations in the important field of ‘symbolic power’ (Bourdieu 1990) through the use of cultural and historical symbols from a colonial/post-colonial repertoire in France
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2016-06-03T09:18:48Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-06-2015-0064
       
  • Social entrepreneurship in Portugal: intervention and management models in
           third sector
    • Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 36, Issue 7/8, July 2016.
      Purpose This article provides a reflection about the usefulness of the concept of social entrepreneurship to Portuguese third sector organizations (TSOs) with the purpose of understanding the paths undertaken by the latter. Departing from a theoretical synthesis inspired by different approaches to social entrepreneurship, we offer an operative view of the concept in light of the problematic of social innovation and organizational innovation. Design/methodology/approach The empirical analysis focuses on the intervention models and management models of these organizations. It uses a sequential methodological approach that combines extensive and intensive analyses. Findings We have concluded that Portuguese TSOs show a fragile form of social entrepreneurship. This includes, among others, State dependency both in terms of models of financial management and the definition and regulation of activities, recipients and social intervention. This leads us to claim, even though cautiously, that management models influence intervention models. Originality/value The originality of this paper lies on the use of an analytic framework that offers an eclectic approach to social entrepreneurship. This approach goes beyond some hidden contradictions between Anglo-Saxon schools of thought, namely the earned income school of thought, and the school of social innovation, as well as the European perspective on social enterprises, and the Latin-American school of solidarity economy. These schools have been reconciled for the purposes of this analysis, which attempts to operationalize the notion of social entrepreneurship in the Portuguese TSOs
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2016-06-03T09:18:44Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-01-2016-0002
       
  • Global perspectives on volunteerism: analysing the role of the state,
           society and social capital
    • Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 36, Issue 7/8, July 2016.
      Purpose The paper aims to examine the concept of volunteerism in three different case countries namely that of USA, UK and China while highlighting the role of the state, society and social capital. Design/methodology/approach The paper reviews the extant literature on the volunteering traditionsin the chosen case study countries highlighting the idiosyncrasies while analysing implications for future research. Findings The paper highlights the role of the state, society and social capital in the chosen countries, each deriving its origins from the specific traditions in those countries. Research limitations/implications This paper provides a conceptual review focusing on the key literature in the field. The authors have examined various academic texts and published materials. Practical implications This article provided an update critically discussion on the concept of volunteerism in three different case countries. Originality/value The paper makes an original contribution by comparing and contrasting three important countries with different histories and traditions of volunteerism highlighting diversity of type and application.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2016-06-03T09:18:43Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-11-2015-0125
       
  • School-NGO interaction: case studies of Israel and Germany
    • Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 36, Issue 7/8, July 2016.
      Purpose This study examines the interaction between schools and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the Israeli and German education systems from the perspective of the stakeholders involved: school principals, the NGOs’ leadership, and regulatory authorities in each country. Design/methodology/approach The study documents the process by which the interactions between schools and NGOs emerge, the motivations of each of the involved stakeholders, how stakeholders perceive the interaction and the power relations between the involved stakeholders. The study was conducted using the qualitative ‘grounded theory’ methodology, which we applied to develop a concept that is anchored in data collected through the research and systematically analyzed. Findings Using case studies, we examine how the relationships between the formal education system and the external entity are formed, reveal the motivations and strategies of the stakeholders involved in the interaction, and investigate the partnerships’ development process in the two different educational systems studied. Findings from the study leading to the conclusion that school-NGO interaction is based on entrepreneurial activities on the part of the school principals and the NGOs, which is gradually becoming institutionalized. Originality/value Through this study, we have developed a new empirical based theory on the interaction between schools and NGOs as entrepreneurial activity.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2016-06-03T09:18:42Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-11-2015-0123
       
  • The sustainability and political agency of social cooperatives in Italy
           during the Great Recession
    • Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 36, Issue 7/8, July 2016.
      Purpose This manuscript investigates the extent to which social cooperatives in Italy followed and managed to preserve their core values and principles while withstanding multiple pressures during the great recession. Attention is paid to two key issues. First, the concept of political agency is used to understand whether social cooperatives have been sensitive and committed to their role as key political players in the sustainable development of the community in which they operate. A further issue addressed is the impact of the the post-2008 crisis on the quality of work and employment in social cooperatives. Design/methodology/approach This paper adopts a mixed-method social research approach. It integrates quantitative analysis of administrative data on business life cycle drawn from the Italian business registers with empirical evidence collected via in-depth interviews and focus groups on a sample of managers of social cooperatives and representatives of social cooperative associations and consortia. Findings Findings suggest that the great recession and welfare state retrenchment have worsened the quality of work and employment. Nonetheless, evidence produced through qualitative research also shows that social cooperatives have proved to be well suited to displaying political agency and acting as a key political player at local level. Research limitations/implications Results of field research are not generalizable. Originality/value Comparatively higher resilience of cooperatives, which is very much attributable to their specific rationale and mission, may come at a cost. The literature has largely missed investigating this cost, which can also be measured in terms of consistency with core values. Indeed, the sustainability of cooperatives relates to economic indicators, such as employment and economic performance, but also to the social, cultural and political dimension of the enterprise. In this regard, this article investigates the extent to which, during the post-2008 crisis, cooperative enterprises managed to preserve the quality of work and employment and play a political role in the welfare system.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2016-06-03T09:18:41Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-01-2016-0005
       
  • Conceptualizing transformation in the post-merger and incorporation
           environment era: A case of the Durban University of Technology
    • First page: 270
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 36, Issue 5/6, June 2016.
      Purpose This study gauges the knowledge of the university leaders at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) on transformation. Design/methodology/approach This study uses both quantitative and qualitative approaches guided by a structured survey questionnaire and in-depth interviews with the university leaders. The questionnaires generated the reliability coefficient alpha of 0.947, indicating a high degree of acceptance and consistency of the results. Findings The study findings reveal the highest percentage of 70% regarding the belief that transformation refers to restructuring the institution more than commonly anticipated variables such as race (56%) and redressing the past injustices (59%). Research limitations/implications The limitation of the study was the scarcity of published material on the sub-dimensions of the study of transformation (transformation as referring to attracting qualified employees). Another limitation which was observed included the paucity of data regarding discipline and knowledge of transformation variables. Practical implications This study suggests transformation in higher education institutions is defined through internal (operational and core) and external factors with a direct influence. Originality/value This paper could potentially enrich the meaning of transformation, derived from the context and experience of South Africa.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2016-04-29T11:53:16Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-04-2015-0037
       
  • Paradoxes of European free movement in times of austerity: The role of
           social movement actors in framing the plight of Roma berry pickers in
           Sweden
    • First page: 289
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 36, Issue 5/6, June 2016.
      Purpose The purpose of this study is to provide insight into the capacities of social movement actors and interest groups to negotiate responsibility, heighten issues of accountability and earn legitimacy from authorities and the wider public for the plight of dis-privileged Roma migrant berry pickers in the Swedish labour market. Design/methodology/approach The objective is guided by a multi-sited ethnographical approach to data collection and analysis, which theoretically anchors in social movement frame analysis. Findings The article proposes that social movement actors, in the face of incapacities of state and industry parties, generate the potentiality to leverage immediate humanitarian distress experienced by the workers and to accentuate their political and public visibility. Research limitations/implications Delimited by the internal organisational structure of a berry industry, partly operating behind informal employment schemes, future studies should devote closer attention in localizing/identifying possible ‘back-stage’ data-gathering settings. Practical implications Policy-makers and special-interest organisations concerned with internal EU labour migration, labour standards and living condition issues, may consider the social and humanitarian implications of persistent responsibility ambiguities. Originality/value The article provides deeper insight into the societal nexus in which a ‘hard to reach group’ of seasonal workers faces potential and actual exploitation.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2016-04-29T11:53:22Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-05-2015-0057
       
  • Exploring human (in-)security from a gender perspective: A case study of
           subcontracted workers in Thailand
    • First page: 304
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 36, Issue 5/6, June 2016.
      Purpose Using the concept of human security, this paper explores the subjective perception of insecurities experienced by Thai subcontracted workers in industrial value chains and examines how they mitigate these insecurities. Design/methodology/approach This paper uses a qualitative approach and analyses the narratives from in-depth interviews with 23 female subcontracted workers in low-income communities in Bangkok, Thailand. Four male subcontracted workers were also interviewed to compare gender differences. Five key informant interviews with NGOs and academicians were conducted. Findings There are three main findings. First, subcontracted workers’ economic insecurities are influenced by their work and personal trajectories in the labour market. Second, many of their health and care-related insecurities are fuelled by relational rather than individual experience; that is, they are worried they will not be able to provide care for their children, to fulfil their responsibility as mothers, or they are concerned with the effects of their hazardous work environment on their family members. Third, most subcontracted workers mitigate their insecurities using their immediate relational network in the absence of formal protection. Originality/value While earlier literature on subcontracted workers’ vulnerabilities in Thailand discussed the issues from a politico-economic perspective, this paper uses the concept of human security, which enables us to better understand their insecurities as context-specific experiences in their daily lives.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2016-04-29T11:53:25Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-03-2015-0036
       
  • Children for sale? The blurred boundary between intercountry adoption
           and sale of children in the United States
    • First page: 319
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 36, Issue 5/6, June 2016.
      Purpose Intercountry adoptions (hereafter ICAs) in the United States are a form of sale of children. According to international policy, sale of children is an illicit social practice that involves improper financial gains by at least one party. Sale of children is a threat to legitimate ICA. This study’s analysis of policy and practice of ICAs in the United States, including pricing arrangements, demonstrate that U.S. ICAs, which can have humanitarian aims and be legitimate forms of family development, comprise sale of children. Design/methodology/approach Internet searches and email inquiries were used to obtain ICA cost data for a randomised sample of 10% of the agencies in the United States that facilitate ICAs. Findings Cost information was obtained from only 25% of the sample, suggesting lack of transparency in and available information about monetary costs of U.S. ICAs. A range of $12,000 USD to $40,000 USD suggests that U.S. ICAs are expensive and costs vary. Large, undisclosed fees in the form of ‘required donations’, agency fees, and extensive foreign travel requirements imply third party economic gains are made through U.S. ICA transactions. Practical implications U.S. ICA agencies should disclose costs and employ transparent practices. U.S. policies regulating ICAs should be clarified and strengthened. The U.S. government should ratify, implement, and enforce major children’s rights international policy standards. Originality/value No study has offered systematic analysis of monetary costs of U.S. ICAs and linked this analysis to policy and legitimacy of social practices.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2016-04-29T11:53:24Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-03-2015-0034
       
  • Cultural dimensions and moral reasoning: a comparative study
    • First page: 335
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 36, Issue 5/6, June 2016.
      Purpose Moral reasoning research in Western cultures is grounded primarily in Kohlberian cognitive moral theory. Enumerable investigations about the psychological determinants and cultural dimensions of moral reasoning have provided significant insights about Western decision-making and contributed to Western organizational behavioral theory. However, inquiry about these same constructs and how they may interact with moral reasoning in non-Western Southeast Asian trading partner countries has not provided comparable insights. The present study attempts to remedy that by comparing predominant cultural dimensions to levels of moral reasoning in student and graduate populations in Thailand and the United States. Design/methodology/approach The Defining Issues Test measurement of moral reasoning (Rest et al., 1999) and the Values Survey Module 2013 (Hofstede & Minkov, 2013) were translated for the first time into Thai, pilot tested, and used to gather cultural and moral reasoning data in Thailand. The same English version instruments were used to gather comparable data among similarly matched USA samples. Comparisons are presented in this article, and differences in approaches to moral decision making are discussed. Findings Findings indicate that there are both significant psychological and cultural differences between the two nations that affect moral reasoning. Predominant status-quo moral reasoning predominates in Thailand, while a polarity between self-interest moral reasoning and higher level abstract idealistic moral reasoning predominates in the United States. Potential cultural influences on these moral reasoning tendencies are discussed. Research limitations/implications While findings can be generalized to the sample populations of Thai and U.S.A. undergraduate students and graduate students who are in the workplace, the considerable time required to complete the two survey instruments precluded inclusion of higher-level, veteran managers and public policy administrators in the study. Alternative survey methods need to be developed for investigating these subjects in order to make the combined findings more robust and widely generalizable. Practical implications Careful attention to cultural and linguistic variables provided for thorough and effective first-time translations of the Defining Issues Test and the Values Survey Module 2013 from English into the Thai language. These two instruments are now available to other researchers who wish to investigate cultural dimensions and moral reasoning through other research designs. The Thai-version Defining Issues Test can be obtained from the copyright holder, Center for the Study of Ethical Development (http://ethicaldevelopment.ua.edu/). The Thai-version of the Values Survey Module can be obtained through the Geert Hofstede website (http://www.geerthofstede.nl/). Originality/value This is the first research study comparing cultural dimensions identified by Geert Hofstede and Michael Minkov as measured by the Values Survey Module 2013 to moral reasoning as measured by the Defining Issues Test.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2016-04-29T11:53:15Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-05-2015-0047
       
  • Loss of organizational solidarity in three kibbutz factories
    • First page: 358
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 36, Issue 5/6, June 2016.
      Purpose aim of this article is to study the loss of solidarity in three kibbutz factories as an outcome of the process of privatization in their kibbutz communities. Design/methodology/approach : The research was a qualitative investigation, including interviews in three factories. Findings The research found high a sense of vertical and horizontal solidarity before the privatization. The solidarity stemmed from socialistic principles of the kibbutzim (plural of kibbutz) and their factories functioned as an extension of the kibbutz clan: close interpersonal relationships, a devotion to collective needs and democratic decision making in the kibbutz general assembly directly influencing the factories. After the privatization, the organizational solidarity decreased because of formal and procedural issues: the factory became hierarchical, work conditions deteriorated and the familiar spirit of the clan vanished. Research limitations/implications There are more than 130 kibbutz factories, most of them in privatized kibbutzim. This article presents only three of those factories, so it can only represent preliminary and partial findings. It is important to extend this research to examine other kibbutz factories. Practical implications The research suggests how factories, in kibbutzim and throughout the world, could respond to weak organizational solidarity: to increase trust and cooperation between management, to create flexible working conditions and to achieve higher productivity. Originality/value This is the first study to focus on kibbutz enterprises through the sociological lens of the solidarity theory. Previously, most post-privatization research has focused on economic questions of profitability.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2016-04-29T11:53:19Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-05-2015-0053
       
  • A longitudinal study of deprivation in European countries
    • First page: 379
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 36, Issue 5/6, June 2016.
      Purpose Poverty is one of the most significant economic and social problems that European countries have to face. In recent years, it has become widely accepted that poverty is a multidimensional concept and now many studies use indicators of deprivation to examine the phenomenon. The focus on financial resources alone does not capture people’s quality of life as being poor means a lack of access to resources enabling a minimum standard of living and participation in the society within which one belongs. Design/methodology/approach Using a longitudinal component (2006–2010) of EU-SILC data on 26 European countries, I apply a second-order confirmatory factor analysis to estimate deprivation. To describe the patterns of change over time and to evaluate the role of household characteristics in deprivation level, I employ a set of multilevel growth curve models. Findings Three findings clearly stand out from my analysis. First, there is great variability in deprivation between European countries. Second, European countries show various patterns of change in deprivation over time. Third, households with different characteristics have quite different deprivation levels; moreover, the impact of household characteristics on deprivation can vary over time and between countries. Originality/value This paper sheds light on the importance of analysing deprivation from a longitudinal perspective and that financial resources alone does not capture people’s quality of life.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2016-04-29T11:53:21Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-05-2015-0058
       
  • Public trust in the aftermath of natural and na-technological disasters:
           hurricane Katrina and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear incident
    • First page: 410
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 36, Issue 5/6, June 2016.
      Purpose This paper analyzes public trust during the aftermath of technological and hybrid natural-technological/natech disasters , –– Hurricane Katrina (2005) and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown in Japan (2011). The work identifies common themes, actions and inactivity that can lead to citizens distrusting the government after disasters. Design/methodology/approach News reports from the two areas leading newspapers formed the body of the Hurricane Katrina and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown case studies. Of key interest were emerging themes of trust and/or distrust during the immediate impact phase of the disaster in addition to government failures and social breakdowns resulting in a loss of trust in government institutions and individual leaders. Findings The series of examples illustrate how specific action or in-action by local and federal governments served as a catalyst for a loss of trust in government institutions and individual leaders in government while proposing potential strategies to help public leaders reduce distrust during times of crisis. Research limitations/implications The two limitations were the use of only newspapers and the passage of a new law in 2013, the “Specially Designated Secrets Protection Law,” designed to limit news reporting of the press in Japan on the issue of nuclear radiation exposure of the general public in Japan, some of the new data is not available. Practical implications The research concludes by offering specific ways to regain trust after a perception of failure during pre and post-disaster management in the age of mega disasters. The article lists several recommendations that can be practically implemented to develop a culture of transparent communication, civic engagement in planning processes and inspire trust among stakeholders. Originality/value While the paper identifies barriers to establishing trust among government agencies, the citizenry and private industry, it seeks to help inform policy frameworks regarding the importance of the government’s ability to sustain a strong sense of trust that engenders civic participation in preserving or regaining trust in the aftermath of disasters.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2016-04-29T11:53:18Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-02-2015-0030
       
 
 
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