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Fijian Studies: A Journal of Contemporary Fiji     Full-text available via subscription  
FIVE : The Claremont Colleges Journal of Undergraduate Academic Writing     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Flaubert     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Formation emploi     Open Access  
FORO. Revista de Ciencias Jurídicas y Sociales, Nueva Época     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Forum Marsilius-Kolleg     Open Access  
Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Fourth World Journal     Full-text available via subscription  
Fronteras : Revista de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Fudan Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences     Hybrid Journal  
Future Times     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Genocide Studies and Prevention     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Genocide Studies International     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Géographie et cultures     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Ghana Journal of Development Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Global Journal of Social Sciences     Full-text available via subscription  
Global Social Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22)
Graduate Journal of Social Science     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Grief Matters : The Australian Journal of Grief and Bereavement     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
Gruppendynamik und Organisationsberatung     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
GSTF Journal of Law and Social Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
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: 15)
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: 22)
IDS Bulletin     Open Access   (Followers: 17)
IEEE Transactions on Computational Social Systems     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Illness, Crisis & Loss     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Im@go. A Journal of the Social Imaginary     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Immigrants & Minorities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Impact     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Infrastructure Complexity     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
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     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
International Communication of Chinese Culture     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
International Development Planning Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
International Journal for Transformative Research     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
International Journal of Applied Behavioral Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
International Journal of Arab Culture, Management and Sustainable Development     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
International Journal of Bahamian Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
International Journal of Business and Social Research     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
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: 19)
International Journal of Cultural Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
International Journal of Iberian Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
International Journal of Language and Culture     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
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: 8)
International Journal of Qualitative Methods     Open Access   (Followers: 26)
International Journal of Research in Business and Social Science     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
International Journal of Social and Allied Research     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
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: 67)
International Journal of Social Science Research     Open Access   (Followers: 12)
International Journal of Social Science Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 14)
International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 48)
International Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
International Review of Qualitative Research     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 41)
International Review of Social Research     Open Access  
International Scholarly Research Notices     Open Access   (Followers: 196)
International Social Science Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 26)
International Studies. Interdisciplinary Political and Cultural Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
Internationale Revue Fur Soziale Sicherheit     Hybrid Journal  
InterSciencePlace     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Investigación y Desarrollo     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Investigaciones Geográficas (Esp)     Open Access  
Irish Journal of Applied Social Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Issues in Social Science     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Ius et Praxis     Open Access  
Journal des Economistes et des Etudes Humaines     Hybrid Journal  
Journal for New Generation Sciences     Open Access   (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: 3)
Journal of Agriculture, Forestry and the Social Sciences     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Applied Social Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 42)
Journal of Applied Social Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Journal of Cognition and Culture     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Journal of Comparative Social Welfare     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Journal of Contemporary African Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Critical Race inquiry     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Journal of Cultural Economy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Journal of Cultural Heritage     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 17)
Journal of Development Effectiveness     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Journal of Educational Social Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences     Full-text available via subscription  
Journal of Family Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Journal of Globalization and Development     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Journal of Human Security     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Journal of Humanity     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Interdisciplinary Gender Studies: JIGS     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14)
Journal of Korean Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
Journal of Language and Social Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Journal of Markets & Morality     Partially Free   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Mediterranean Knowledge     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 15)
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: 32)
Journal of Organisational Transformation & Social Change     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Pan African Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 226)
Journal of Policy Practice     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Journal of Poverty and Social Justice     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 23)
Journal of Progressive Research in Social Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Purdue Undergraduate Research     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Social Work: Social Thought     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
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: 7)
Journal of Social Development in Africa     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Journal of Social Intervention: Theory and Practice     Open Access  
Journal of Social Issues     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22)
Journal of Social Philosophy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22)
Journal of Social Science Education : JSSE     Open Access  
Journal of Social Science Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Journal of Social Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 19)
Journal of Social Studies Research     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Journal of Studies in Social Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Technology in Human Services     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Journal of the Bangladesh Association of Young Researchers     Open Access  
Journal of the Polynesian Society     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Journal of the University of Ruhuna     Open Access  
Journal of Transnational American Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Trust Management     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Jurnal Abdimas     Full-text available via subscription  
Jurnal Kawistara     Open Access  
Jurnal Pendidikan Ilmu Sosial     Open Access  
Just Policy: A Journal of Australian Social Policy     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 12)
Kaleidoscope     Open Access  
Kasetsart Journal of Social Sciences     Open Access  
Kimün. Revista Interdisciplinaria de Formación Docente     Open Access  
Knowledge Management for Development Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Korean Social Science Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Kotuitui : New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Kulturwissenschaftliche Zeitschrift     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
KZfSS Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
L'Homme Europäische Zeitschrift für Feministische Geschichtswissenschaft     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
L'Ordinaire des Amériques     Open Access  
Labyrinthe     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Language and Intercultural Communication     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20)
Language Resources and Evaluation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
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  
Lex Social : Revista de Derechos Sociales     Open Access  
Lilith: A Feminist History Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
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: 6)
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)
Media Information Australia     Full-text available via subscription  
Media International Australia     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Media International Australia     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)
Methodological Innovations     Open Access  
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: 5)
Miscelánea Comillas. Revista de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales     Open Access  
Misión Jurídica     Open Access  
Mitologicas     Open Access  
Monthly, The     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Mütefekkir     Open Access  
Müvészettörténeti Értesitö     Full-text available via subscription  

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Journal Cover International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
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  • Ideology at work: reconsidering ideology, the labour process and workplace
           resistance.
    • First page: 266
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 37, Issue 5/6, June 2017.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to consider existing debates within the sociology of work, particularly the re-emergence of Labour Process Theory (LPT) and the ‘collective worker’, in relation to resistance at work. Through presentation of primary data and a dialectical discussion about the nature of ideology, the paper offers alternative interpretations on long-standing debates and raises questions about the efficacy of workplace resistance. Design/methodology/approach The design of this methodology is an ethnographic study of a call centre in the North-East of England, a covert participant observation at ‘Call Direct’ supplemented by semi-structured interviews with call centre employees. Findings The findings in this paper suggest that resistance in the call centre mirrors forms of resistance outlined elsewhere in both the call centre literature and classical workplace studies from the industrial era. However, in presenting an alternative interpretation of ideology, as working at the level of action rather than thought, the paper reinterprets the data and characterises workplace resistance as lacking the political potential for change often emphasised in LPT and other workplace studies. Originality/value The original contribution of this paper is in applying an alternative interpretation of ideology to a long-standing debate. In asking sociology of work scholars to consider the ‘reversal of ideology’, it presents an alternative perspective on resistance in the workplace and raises questions about the efficacy of workplace disobedience.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2017-04-21T11:14:49Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-02-2016-0019
       
  • Waste pickers in the informal economy of the Global South: included or
           excluded?
    • First page: 280
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 37, Issue 5/6, June 2017.
      Purpose This article aims to provide insights into the role and practices of informal waste pickers and the implications for waste management policy in urban contexts of the Global South. Design/methodology/approach Qualitative case studies were used, including interviews, observations and document analyses. We compared informal waste management in two cities of the Global South: Accra (Ghana) and Porto Alegre (Brazil). Findings The analysis points out that informal waste pickers play a crucial role in the implementation of waste policies in both cities, despite differing economic, social and institutional contexts. The study of the waste management system also points to multiple connections between informal and formal parts of the economy. Although the informal waste pickers are integral to the waste management systems, their economically disadvantaged position excludes them from the formal labour market. Faced with these challenges, they develop creative solutions to guarantee their livelihood and gain more effective collective voice. Research limitations/implications The comparison of two case studies, conducted about the same social phenomenon in two different economic, institutional and social contexts, has limited generalizability but is theoretically and practically important. Practical implications The findings are relevant to policy-makers who deal with urban waste management and for organizations who develop support actions for informal workers. Originality/value We draw on a comparison of qualitative case studies to explore the multidimensionality of the waste picker’s phenomenon. This article sparks discussion among scholars and experts who study the informal economy from different perspectives, in this case bridging insights from sociology and victimology.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2017-04-21T11:14:51Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-01-2016-0006
       
  • Income generation, informality and poverty in urban Turkey
    • First page: 295
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 37, Issue 5/6, June 2017.
      Purpose This article seeks to examine the key sources of poor urban households’ relative success (or failure) in reducing poverty by income generation activities. It specifically investigates the conditions of informal employment in order to understand how and to what extent they affect households’ chances of success. Design/methodology/approach The data is drawn from interviews with 17 low-income households randomly selected from an informal gecekondu settlement based in the capital city of Turkey. Findings The research challenges the dominant viewpoint, which attributes success to having fewer dependants or more resources. It shows that success depends more on the benefit delivery capacity of resources and this depends largely on wider structural factors. Informal employment is found to constitute one key structural factor, which limits households’ chances of success to a greater extent than formal employment not only through condemning them to low pay but also through imposing more restrictions upon their access to state welfare. Research limitations/implications The case study has significant implications for poverty research and measurement since it reinforces the idea that an improved understanding of poverty and its causes requires a multi-dimensional approach that takes into account the conditions of work extending beyond pay. Practical implications The study shows that substantial improvement upon the lives of poor households requires changes at the macro level, and the adoption of an employment-centred approach where the priority is given to the creation of jobs with decent working conditions, tighter labour market regulation and effective enforcement of these regulations. Originality/value Through a qualitative as well as quantitative exploration of low-income households living in the periphery of the Turkish capital, the study empirically challenges the conventional wisdom about urban survival which overemphasises the resilience of poor people. It also contributes to the less developed parts of the research literature on informal employment through demonstrating its poverty-inducing effects. Furthermore, the study makes a theoretical contribution by developing a new conceptual framework that places informal employment within the wider context of household resources, livelihoods and poverty.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2017-04-21T11:14:52Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-10-2015-0114
       
  • Exploring the approaches to care of faith-based and secular NGOs in
           Cambodia that serve victims of trafficking, exploitation, and those
           involved in sex work
    • First page: 311
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 37, Issue 5/6, June 2017.
      Purpose Faith-based organisations (FBOs) and secular NGOs provide important services to victims of trafficking, exploitation, and those involved in sex work, yet comparative analysis of their approaches to care has lacked attention in the literature. This paper comparatively examines these two types of organisations, exploring the extent to which faith influences the ways FBOs work with their clients. Design/methodology/approach 41 interviews were conducted with leaders of thirteen Christian FBOs and twelve secular NGOs in Cambodia, and organisational mission statements were reviewed. An input-output conceptual model was used as a framework to gather and analyse data. Findings While all FBOs maintained a high regard for their clients’ spiritual needs and operated with a faith-related approach to care, secular NGOs also, at times, included culturally embedded religious elements into their programming. The nature of FBOs’ faith-related programming, however, clearly distinguished these organisations from their secular counterparts. Despite such distinctions, similarities were maintained among both types of organisations in the behavioural or recovery outcomes they sought in their clients. Research limitations/implications Limitations include the study’s focus on organisations that serve a specific clientele in one development context. Research implications include the study pointing to the necessity of acknowledging the development context as critical to the ways in which religion may or may not influence the approaches to care of both FBOs and secular NGOs. The paper also contributes insight into the relationship between the non-resource input of faith, and services provided by FBOs. Practical implications Given that both types of organisations sought change in their clients, practitioners should ensure that their organisational approaches to care are conducive to the outcomes they seek. Though organisational policy may stipulate that clients are free to choose whether or not to participate in faith-related programming, FBOs should always ensure a care environment in which clients feel free not to participate in such programming. Originality/value Though FBOs and secular NGOs sought many similar behavioural or recovery outcomes from their clients, the development context in which these organisations worked—unlike some other contexts—and the role of faith 'infusing' FBOs, led to clear, observable differences in their approaches to care. The study highlights the importance of taking into account these factors when seeking to decipher differences that may or may not exist between faith-based and secular non-state social policy actors.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2017-04-21T11:14:53Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-04-2016-0046
       
  • Why do Swedes use less cash-for-childcare than Norwegians?
    • First page: 327
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 37, Issue 5/6, June 2017.
      Purpose The paper seeks to explain the rather large difference in the take-up of the cash-for-childcare (CFC) benefit between Norway and Sweden. Design/methodology/approach A quantitative approach is employed, including the analysis of descriptive statistics of data on parents’ attitudes concerning the distribution of paid work and care and a robust regression analysis of data on parents’ behaviour regarding the distribution of paid work and care. Findings The results show that attitudes regarding childcare and mothers’ and fathers’ employment differ in the two countries. Swedish parents support public childcare and a gender equal employment distribution more than Norwegians. Therewith, attitudinal differences explain why Norwegian parents use the benefit more frequently. The findings indicate that in Sweden, parents’ socioeconomic background affects the duration of public childcare to a lesser extent than in Norway. Nevertheless, the economic incentives of the CFC benefit are more attractive for families with lower socioeconomic status. This explains why Swedes respond less to the incentives of the CFC benefit than Norwegians. Originality/value While previous research has focused on the effect of policies on the take-up of the CFC benefit, this study shows that parents’ attitudes and behaviour are important explanatory variables to explain differences in the take-up of the benefit.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2017-04-21T11:14:48Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-02-2016-0018
       
  • ‘Machinery’ or ‘spirit’ of the welfare state: institutional change
           as institutional inertia
    • First page: 341
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 37, Issue 5/6, June 2017.
      Purpose Much has been said about institutional change and the forms it can take, whether it is abrupt or incremental, path departure or path dependency. This strand of research is highly relevant in times of welfare institutional reforms and changes. A puzzle, however, remains, and it concerns the empirical phenomena that there might be institutional inertia despite seeming change. One reason for this remaining puzzle is, as argued here, that the ongoing theoretical reflections have a certain blind spot: “institutional constellations” and their characteristics. This paper therefore analyses the "layering" of a welfare institution which results in an institutional constellation. Design/methodology/approach Such newly established institutional constellations, though they look roughly similar and are formed of comparable ingredients, can differ profoundly between themselves. This could be due to the fact that the characteristics of institutions depend on the regulating principles (the ‘spirit’) implemented in them. To validate this hypothesis, I analyse in depth the institutional layering in two traditionally different social protection systems: the Dutch and the German pension systems. Findings In both cases, as I show, the traditional regulating principles are implemented also in the newly established institutional constellation so that in the end pension systems do not change but differ as they did before. Originality/value The empirical phenomenon of institutional inertia despite seeming change has not yet been explicitly addressed. This is the case since the ongoing theoretical reflections have a certain blind spot: “institutional constellations” and their characteristics which are the focus of this paper.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2017-04-21T11:14:51Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-07-2016-0090
       
  • Formal and informal long term care work: policy conflict in a liberal
           welfare state
    • Pages: 134 - 147
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 37, Issue 3/4, Page 134-147, April 2017.
      Purpose The undervaluing of care work, whether conducted informally or formally, has long been subject to debate. While much discussion, and indeed reform has centred on childcare, there is a growing need, particularly in countries with ageing populations, to examine how long-term care (LTC) work is valued. The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of the way in which employment policies (female labour market participation, retirement age, and precarious work) and social policies (care entitlements and benefits/leave for carers) affect both informal carers and formal care workers in a liberal welfare state with a rapidly ageing population. Design/methodology/approach Drawing the adult worker model the authors use the existing literature on ageing care and employment to examine the approach of a liberal welfare state to care work focusing on both supports for informal carers and job quality in the formal care sector. Findings The research suggests that employment policies advocating increased labour participation, delaying retirement and treating informal care as a form of welfare are at odds with LTC strategies which encourage informal care. Furthermore, the latter policy acts to devalue formal care roles in an economic sense and potentially discourages workers from entering the formal care sector. Originality/value To date research investigating the interplay between employment and LTC policies has focused on either informal or formal care workers. In combining both aspects, we view informal and formal care workers as complementary, interdependent agents in the care process. This underlines the need to develop social policy regarding care and employment which encompasses the needs of each group concurrently.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2017-03-31T12:31:14Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-06-2015-0069
       
  • Gender time-use gap and task segregation in unpaid work: evidence from
           Switzerland
    • Pages: 148 - 165
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 37, Issue 3/4, Page 148-165, April 2017.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to focus first on the development of the segregation of tasks in family and housework in Switzerland and its linkage to the gender time-use gap in unpaid work. In addition, the impact of dual-breadwinner support in policies and culture is examined. Design/methodology/approach The empirical test refers to a comparison of Swiss cantons, and is based on data from the Swiss Labour Force Survey. The analysis traces both the gender gap and segregation from 2000 to 2013, compares them between 25 Swiss cantons, and links them to political and cultural dual-breadwinner support. Findings First, the results suggest that both the gender time-use gap and task segregation in unpaid work decrease in Switzerland. Moreover, the gender gap and segregation do not correlate in the sample of Swiss cantons. Second, both the gender gap and segregation correlate with dual-breadwinner support. However, the political dual-breadwinner support is linked to lower segregation, a smaller gender gap, more male and less female housework, the dual-breadwinner culture promotes female housework and both men’s and women’s family time spent on childcare, without affecting the gender gap and segregation. Research limitations/implications The results, on the one hand, suggest that both the gender time-use gap and the segregation are important but analytically different dimensions of gender equity. On the other hand, the cross-cantonal analysis highlights the socio-political structuration of gender inequality. Originality/value The paper contains the first comparative analysis of the gender time-use gap and task segregation in Switzerland. The results underline the analytical distinction between the gender time-use gap and the task segregation in family and housework. Moreover, the cross-cantonal analysis suggests that the political dual-breadwinner support is an important determinant of the gender divide in unpaid work.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2017-03-31T12:30:41Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-11-2015-0122
       
  • Experience and coping of employment risks in Hong Kong
    • Pages: 166 - 185
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 37, Issue 3/4, Page 166-185, April 2017.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to use the case of Hong Kong to assess the equalisation and individualization claim of the risk society approach to studying experience and coping of employment risks. Design/methodology/approach Two types of survey data are used: quarterly official surveys from the year of 1993 to 2008 and a cross-sectional territory-wide representative telephone survey conducted in 2009. Findings The findings show that contrary to the equalisation claim, experiences of employment risks have continued to concentrate on disadvantaged groups: unskilled manual workers and those with education levels below lower secondary school had continuously fared worse than professionals, managers and university degree holders. These disadvantaged groups were also not particularly proactive in adopting either capital-based or work-related coping methods when they encountered unemployment. Research limitations/implications The lack of trend data to examine the use of different coping means is one of the main drawbacks of the current study. The study carries important theoretical implications. Practical implications Policy implications for the government to provide more comprehensive and proactive employment-related support measures and further expansion of university education. Originality/value This paper examines the case of Hong Kong so as to extend the empirical assessment of the risk society approach beyond the Anglo-Saxon context to mature Asian economies. The study further shows that we need to go beyond the secular trend globalisation which the risk society theory emphasises. Historical factors and business-government-labour power relations are critical factors that shape the policies and institutions of labour market regulations and welfare provision in the local context
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2017-03-31T12:31:11Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-08-2015-0088
       
  • An investigation of marketing capabilities of informal microenterprises
    • Pages: 186 - 202
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 37, Issue 3/4, Page 186-202, April 2017.
      Purpose Marketing capabilities of large- and medium-sized enterprise is well understood and focused, but little research has been done on microenterprise, especially in informal sector microenterprise. The purpose of this paper is to investigate what are the marketing capabilities of informal microenterprises (IMs) that could be sources of competitive performance. Design/methodology/approach At first, a literature review and pilot study was used to develop a list of marketing capabilities of IM street food vending. Then a quantitative approach was undertaken where questionnaire was developed and distributed to 42 street food vendors and 52 customers in Bangkok, Thailand. The collected data were analyzed using a descriptive statistic, principle component analysis, hierarchical cluster analysis, and k-mean clustering technique. Findings Analysis revealed that IM street food vending has some unique marketing capabilities compared to formal restaurant. From the vendors’ point of view, it was found that cheaper pricing and quicker food delivery were the major contributors. On the other hand, from the customer point of view, convenient location, flexible business hours, fulfill customer food requirements, and cooking demonstration were noted significant. Social implications Policy makers and development agencies could be developed using various policy strategies such as business development support services as a tool to support IM operators. Originality/value This study provides a first step toward marketing capabilities of IM and makes several contributions to the literature.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2017-03-31T12:30:51Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-09-2015-0094
       
  • Explaining participation in undeclared work in France: lessons for policy
           evaluation
    • Pages: 203 - 217
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 37, Issue 3/4, Page 203-217, April 2017.
      Purpose France is a model of best practice in the European Union as regards policy to combat undeclared work. The purpose of this paper is to take the country as a case study to evaluate the competing explanations of why people engage in undeclared work which underpin such policy, namely, the dominant rational-economic-actor approach and the more recent social-actor approach. Design/methodology/approach To evaluate these approaches, the results of 1,027 interviews undertaken in 2013 with a representative sample of the French population are analysed. Findings The finding is that higher perceived penalties and risks of detection have no significant impact on the likelihood of conducting undeclared work in France. In contrast, the level of tax morale has a significant impact on engagement in the activity: the higher the tax morale, the lower is the likelihood of participation in the undeclared economy. Higher penalties and risks of detection only decrease the likelihood of participation in undeclared work amongst the small minority of the French population with very low tax morale. Practical implications Current policy in France to counter undeclared work is informed principally by the rational-economic-actor approach based on a highly developed infrastructure for detection and significant penalties alongside incentives to declare small-scale own-account work. The present analysis suggests that this approach needs to be supplemented with measures to improve citizens’ commitment to compliance by enhancing tax morale. Originality/value This case study of a country with a well-developed policy framework to combat undeclared work provides evidence to support the social-actor approach for informing policy change.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2017-03-31T12:31:12Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-12-2015-0147
       
  • Lining up for charity
    • Pages: 218 - 230
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 37, Issue 3/4, Page 218-230, April 2017.
      Purpose Recent decades have witnessed a rise in food charity provided by faith-based and other charitable agencies. Previous research has noted that besides material assistance, these occasions provide a social and communal event for many participants. The purpose of this paper is to examine this notion by exploring how the social organization of breadlines contributes to the social relationships between the food recipients and their experiences of these places as communities, and what qualities these communities eventually develop. Design/methodology/approach The study is based on ethnographic data from four breadlines in one Finnish city. The study approaches the breadlines as queues, that is, social systems that govern waiting, mutual order and access. Findings The social organization of queue practices mirrors the users’ experiences of the breadlines as communities with many concurrent faces: as communities of mutual surveillance and as demanding communities that call for skills and resources from the participants, as well as socially significant communities. The findings show how the practices of organizing charitable assistance influence the complex social relationships between charitable giver and recipient, and how the food recipients accommodate themselves to the situations and social roles available on a given occasion. Originality/value Analysing breadlines as queues and using qualitative data from the everyday assistance events gives voice to the experiences of food charity recipients and allows a more nuanced picture to be painted of the breadline communities than studies based merely on surveys or interviews.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2017-03-31T12:30:43Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-10-2015-0110
       
  • Community benefits agreements (CBAs): a typology for shrinking cities
    • Pages: 231 - 247
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 37, Issue 3/4, Page 231-247, April 2017.
      Purpose Community benefits agreements (CBAs) redistribute the benefits of new development to distressed communities and historically disenfranchised groups. They allow coalitions of labor and grassroots organizations to negotiate for concessions in the development process. Yet, CBAs are a relatively new tool used in planning and local economic development, and specification about their content and scope is evolving. Some of the earliest CBAs were negotiated in cities experiencing an influx of new growth and investment. However, less is known about the scope of CBA negotiations in shrinking cities where economic development is relatively anemic. The paper aims to discuss these issues. Design/methodology/approach This paper offers an extension to the existing literature through an exploratory analysis of the scope of CBAs in the ten fastest shrinking cities in the USA between 2000 and 2010. The analysis is organized in three parts. First, the authors present a CBA typology that differentiates among CBAs negotiated with developers in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Second, the authors compare neighborhood conditions in shrinking cities with CBAs to those without negotiated agreements. Finally, the authors discuss critical cases where CBA negotiations have occurred in shrinking cities. Findings Grassroots coalitions have more leverage when negotiating for concessions with private sector developers vs developers from the public and nonprofit sectors. The added leverage is attributed to the high profile and limited public benefits associated with projects pursued by private sector developers. Moreover, shrinking cities face additional obstacles when negotiating CBAs. The authors concluded that cities with the highest levels of physical distress are the least likely to negotiate and adopt CBAs. Originality/value This paper contributes to the literature by focusing on CBAs in shrinking cities. It also highlights nuisances in CBA negotiations with developers from the private, public and nonprofit sectors. Although the analysis focused on the US context, the inclusion of these perspectives in the CBA typology provides researchers in other institutional settings with a common framework for comparative analysis.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2017-03-31T12:30:50Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-01-2016-0003
       
  • Social embeddedness, formal labor supply, and participation in informal
           work
    • Pages: 248 - 264
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 37, Issue 3/4, Page 248-264, April 2017.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to analyze data from the first-ever national-level study of informal work in the USA to test two prominent points of focus in the literature: how participation in informal work relates to social embeddedness and formal labor supply. This paper also provides a comparative test of the factors associated with exchange-based informal work (i.e. money/barter) vs self-provisioning activities. Design/methodology/approach The study draws on data from a national-level household telephone survey and uses descriptive statistics and logistic regression models. Findings The data show that participation in the informal economy is widespread in the USA. Consistent with theory, it is found that measures of social embeddedness and formal labor supply are much more salient for predicting participation in informal work for money/barter compared to self-provisioning. Originality/value Drawing on unique data from the first national-level household survey of informal work in the USA, this study provides generalizable support for the contention that the informal sector stands as a persistent structural feature in modern society. The results build on the wealth of information produced by qualitative case studies examining informal economic activity as well as a smaller number of regionally targeted surveys to provide important theoretical insights.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2017-03-31T12:31:17Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-02-2016-0022
       
 
 
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