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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: 23)
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: 1)
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)
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     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
International Communication of Chinese Culture     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
International Development Planning Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
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: 17)
International Journal of Cultural Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
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   (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: 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: 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: 46)
International Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
International Review of Qualitative Research     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 42)
International Review of Social Research     Open Access  
International Scholarly Research Notices     Open Access   (Followers: 187)
International Social Science Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 25)
International Studies. Interdisciplinary Political and Cultural Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
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)
Is ve Insan Dergisi     Open Access  
Issues in Social Science     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
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     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: 41)
Journal of Applied Social Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Journal of Cognition and Culture     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Journal of Comparative Social Welfare     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
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: 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: 8)
Journal of Human Security     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Journal of Humanity     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
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: 14)
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: 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: 33)
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: 211)
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: 23)
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: 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: 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: 2)
Journal of Trust Management     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Jurnal Kawistara     Open Access  
Jurnal Pendidikan Ilmu Sosial     Open Access  
Just Policy: A Journal of Australian Social Policy     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
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: 8)
Korean Social Science Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Kotuitui : New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
KZfSS Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
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: 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  
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: 5)
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: 4)
Mitologicas     Open Access  
Monthly, The     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Müvészettörténeti Értesitö     Full-text available via subscription  
National Academy Science Letters     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
National Emergency Response     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
National Observer     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
New Left Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 13)
New Zealand International Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14)
Newsletter of the Gypsy Lore Society     Hybrid Journal  
Nineteenth-Century Contexts: An Interdisciplinary Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
Noesis. Revista de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades     Open Access  

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Journal Cover International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
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  • Befriending and Re-ablement Service: A better alternative in an age of
           austerity
    • Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 37, Issue 1/2, March 2017.
      Purpose This paper shares the findings of a research evaluation into a Befriending and Re-ablement Service (BARS) which offers a host of positive outcomes such as reduced loneliness and keeping as well as possible for a growing segment of the world’s population. The recent increase in longevity is one of humanity’s great success stories. But ageing comes at a price, and decision takers worry about the stresses and strains of an ageing society. Design/methodology/approach Following a literature review, this article presents the findings of an evaluation of an alternative innovative form of support for older people, namely BARS, that has been developed on Merseyside. Semi and unstructured interviews were carried out with stakeholders including service users and carers. A cost benefit analysis is also reported. Finally the theoretical and policy implications of this research are explored. Findings Befriending and Re-ablement Officers (BROs) is both a socially and economically cost-effective means of enhancing independent living among older people, reducing loneliness and isolation that can contribute to ill health. The research shows that funding for the BARS scheme should be sustained and expanded, despite or because of the current era of cutbacks in UK and international service provision. Originality/value The paper highlights the value, role and importance of both befriending and re-ablement in a time of acute public and voluntary sector funding pressures. The paper is of value to a range of stakeholder groups such as older people, local and central governments and health care commissioners.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2017-02-03T04:52:14Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-08-2015-0090
       
  • Determinants of Participating in Training: A Canadian-based Analysis
    • Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 37, Issue 1/2, March 2017.
      Purpose . Purpose – The purpose of this study is to estimate and compare the across-time individual and contextual factors influencing the participation of Canadian residents in adult education and training during the 1990s and the early 21st century. This era is characterized by the social investment state (SIS), a policy paradigm adopted by various developed nations throughout the world, including Canada, during the latter part of the 20th century. Design/methodology/approach Design/methodology/approach – The authors analyzed data obtained from the 1994, 1998, and 2003 versions of the Adult Education and Training Survey (AETS), which is administered by Statistics Canada. They employed binomial logit regression so as to predict the likelihood of the respondents participating in training. Findings Findings - Participants whose level of education was below the post-secondary level were less likely to participate in training, as were adult residents of households in which preschool children also lived. These findings occurred across all three periods of data collection. Furthermore, urban residents exhibited an increasingly greater likelihood to participate in training across-time. Research limitations/implications Research limitations/implications – Future studies should consider the funding source for training, be it from the public or private sector, and how this may affect participation. The impact that various types of training have on employment and earning patterns in developed nations should also be further assessed. Originality/value Originality/value – This study, with its use of the most recent available data to analyze across-time changes in the determinants of participating in training in Canada, has contributed to the knowledge base regarding the social investment state in Canada and how it compares to its European counterparts.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2017-02-03T04:52:14Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-05-2015-0054
       
  • Is There Such a Thing as Too Long Childcare Leave?
    • Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 37, Issue 1/2, March 2017.
      Purpose This study revisits the question whether women’s employment is negatively affected in countries with very long periods of childcare leave. Design/methodology/approach We analyzed data on 192,484 individual women, 305 country-years, and 18 countries, combined with country-level data on childcare, unemployment and service sector size. Findings We found that in countries with short periods of childcare leave the motherhood-employment gap is smaller than in countries with no childcare leave, while in countries with long periods of childcare leave the motherhood-employment gap is bigger than with short periods of leave. Originality/value This study revisits the question whether women’s employment is negatively affected in countries with very long periods of childcare leave. We argued that to correctly answer the long-leave question (1.) the relationship between duration of leave and employment of women should be explicitly hypothesized as being curvilinear and (2.) childcare leave should be expected to affect only mothers, not women without children. (3.) Testing the long-leave hypothesis requires the use of country-comparative data in which countries are observed repeatedly over time, and (4.) is best tested against person-level data.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2017-02-03T04:52:07Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-07-2015-0074
       
  • Influence of Job Characteristics on Engagement: Does Support at Work Act
           as Moderator?
    • Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 37, Issue 1/2, March 2017.
      Purpose Indian banking industry is one the biggest players in the country’s service sector, with public sector banks occupying the major share. A model has been developed in this paper, linking job characteristics and work engagement, moderated by perceived organizational and supervisor support as contextual variables. Design/methodology/approach Data on 214 employees from 15 public sector banks was used to examine this model.Analysis of data has established the moderating role of support at work in the relationship between job characteristics and work engagement. Findings Findings suggest that employees who have a positive perception of organizational and supervisor support are more likely to respond positively to job characteristics and therefore would have a higher propensity to engage with their jobs. In addition to enriched jobs, the wider organizational climate characterized by support from supervisors and organization as a whole is critical to establish a positive environment, which would lead to greater work engagement. Originality/value The moderating role of support at workplace has been researched very rarely in literature on job characteristics and work engagement. This study hence aims at investigating whether interaction between job characteristics and perceived organizational and supervisor support influences work engagement of employees working in Indian public sector banks.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2017-02-03T04:52:07Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-10-2015-0106
       
  • The impact of an unconditional parental benefit on employment of mothers:
           A comparative study of Estonia and Lithuania
    • Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 37, Issue 1/2, March 2017.
      Purpose This article seeks to solve the puzzle of the disproportionately lower employment rate of mothers of toddlers with relation to the employment rate of mothers of preschool and school age children in Estonia. Design/methodology/approach The research is based on the Most Similar System Design and compares Estonia with Lithuania. The applied methods include inferential statistics and microsimulation techniques, employing the OECD Benefits and Wages Calculator, the OECD Family Support Calculator and EUROMOD – the European tax-benefit microsimulation model. Findings The comparison revealed that the overwhelming majority of the crucial aspects of socio-cultural, economic and institutional conditions were more favourable for maternal employment in Estonia than in Lithuania. This explains the higher maternal employment rates both for mothers of pre-schoolers and school-age children in Estonia. However, one particular element of the institutional context targeted to the mothers of toddlers—the unconditional parental benefit—had an entirely opposite character. This particular feature of the parental leave scheme was the only factor that could explain why the employment rate of mothers of toddlers is disproportionately lower than the employment rate of mothers of older children in Estonia and much lower than the employment of mothers of toddlers in Lithuania. Originality/value This study complements previous research by providing evidence on the relative importance of universal parental benefit schemes in the context of other country-specific conditions for maternal employment, including the availability of institutional childcare.Furthermore, the results presented show that childcare regime typologies, at least those that characterise Eastern European countries, should be more sensitive to children’s age.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2017-02-03T04:52:05Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-08-2015-0085
       
  • ‘We’re all in this together’? The search for collective belonging in
           a globalised single industry town
    • Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 37, Issue 1/2, March 2017.
      Purpose Communities of work are a phenomenon closely associated with government social and industrial policy, and can be tracked in contemporary examples globally alongside industrial development. This research explores community identity within a town which was previously single industry, but has since experienced workforce reduction and to a large degree, industry withdrawal. Design/methodology/approach Using an inductive approach, the researchers interviewed 32 participants who had resided (past or present) within the instrumental case study town. A thematic analytical framework, drawing on the work of Boje (2007) was employed. Findings A significant theme to emerge from the participants was the public assertion of social cohesion and belonging. However, what was interesting, was that beneath this unified exterior, lay accounts of multiple forms of demarcation. Drawing on Benedict Anderson’s (1983) notion of the imagined community, and Bauman’s (2001) identity in globalization, this contradiction is conceptualised as boundary-making moments of identification and disidentification. Research limitations/implications This research is specific to the New Zealand context, although holds many points of interest for the wider international audience. The research provides a broad example of the layering of the collective and individual levels of identity. Originality/value This research makes a significant contribution to understandings of the interconnectedness of social policy, industry, and the lived experiences of individuals. Moreover, it contributes to the broader single industry town literature, which previously has focused on stories of decline from a North American context.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2017-02-03T04:52:02Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-08-2015-0089
       
  • SPORT IN EUROPE’S ERA OF AUSTERITY: CRISIS OR ADAPTATION?
    • Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 37, Issue 1/2, March 2017.
      Purpose To assess whether European sport has been damaged or adapted during the austerity in public sector and consumer spending that has followed the financial crisis of 2008-09 Design/methodology/approach Review of literature and data Findings Sport has adapted successfully Research limitations/implications The overall conclusions will not apply to every sport in every country. Practical implications Sport flourishes when it adapts to historical trends. Originality/value Updates all previous reviews
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2017-02-03T04:52:00Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-11-2014-0102
       
  • Informality: does financial development matter?
    • Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 37, Issue 1/2, March 2017.
      Purpose Financial development may be an alternative policy for controlling informal employment. However, there is still an ambiguous relationship between financial development and informal employment. This paper therefore examines the impact of financial development on informal employment. Design/methodology/approach The paper is based on both the occupational choice model and on the concept of financial development and economic growth which can produce either a positive or negative relationship between financial development and informal employment. Consequently, we formulated empirical specifications and applied an econometric technique to examine the actual relationship. Findings The empirical results indicated that financial development can reduce informal employment. We also found that the relationship between financial development and informal employment varies, depending on the level of economic growth and development. Research limitations/implications Even though there are many types of informal employment, this paper uses only informal self-employment as a proxy of informal employment. To implement it properly, all types of informal employment should be also examined. Practical implications Becoming informal employment depend on several factors, policy makers for each country should carefully examine the specific relationship between financial development and informal employment for their own country. Originality/value From the two possible impacts of financial development on informal employment, this paper affirms that financial development can reduce informal employment.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2017-02-03T04:51:59Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-06-2015-0059
       
  • Guest editorial
    • Pages: 722 - 725
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 36, Issue 11/12, Page 722-725, October 2016.

      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2016-10-26T06:48:31Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-08-2016-0102
       
  • Organisation and formal activism: insights from the anarchist tradition
    • Pages: 726 - 740
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 36, Issue 11/12, Page 726-740, October 2016.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to contribute for the special number Protest and Activism With(out) Organisation. Design/methodology/approach Elisée Reclus (1830-1905) wrote in 1851 that “anarchy is the highest expression of order”. This statement, clashing with the bourgeois commonplaces on anarchy as chaos, anticipated the theories, elaborated collectively by the anarchist geographers Reclus, Pëtr Kropotkin (1842-1921), and Léon Metchnikoff (1838-1888), on mutual aid and cooperation as the bases of a society more rationally organised than the State and capitalist one. If a (minority) part of the anarchist movement, in the following decades, assumed this sort of “natural order” to argue that there was no necessity of a political organisation, many militants stated on the contrary the necessity of a formal anarchist (or anarcho-syndicalist) organisation to prepare the revolution and to put in practice the principle of an horizontal and federalist society starting from daily life. Findings The author’s main argument is that the idea of a public and formalized anarchist organisation has been consistent with the claims of the anarchist geographers for the possibility of an ordered anarchist society and that it was a very geographical conception, as the spatial and territorial activity patterns of anarchist individuals, groups, and federations was a central issue among anarchist organisers. Originality/value Drawing on present literature on geography and anarchism and on the multidisciplinary transnational turn of anarchist studies, the author addresses, through primary sources, the contentions and openings of the organisational question in anarchism from Reclus, Kropotkin, and Metchnikoff to the anarchist federations of present day, and its links with the issue of constructive anarchism and with the problem of violence.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2016-10-26T06:48:53Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-11-2015-0127
       
  • Consensus and activism through collective exchanges: a focus on El
           Cambalache, Mexico
    • Pages: 741 - 755
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 36, Issue 11/12, Page 741-755, October 2016.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to explore how consensus decision making serves as a foundation for organizing an alternative economy while the agency of the economic project itself organizes participants because it serves to distribute resources as people need them and foment a community of sharing based on the concept that as individuals we are lacking but as a community we have enough. The paper asserts that as activists looking to foment change, alternative economic projects in themselves are actors in organizing community building and resistance to capitalism. Design/methodology/approach El Cambalache (The Swap in English), located in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico, is an exchange-based money-less economy that trades unwanted items as well as knowledge, abilities and skills that one wants to share. The project receives anything; specifically used, broken and/or unwanted electronics as well as just about anything else that one might possess. In exchange people provide laptop maintenance classes, language exchange, land to be worked, rooms, gardening services, objects, stories, etc. The rules in this money-less non-capitalist economy organize participation through one exchange or many. Findings Consensus decision making is an effective method for engaging in non-hierarchical research projects. Originality/value This project contributes to research in heterodox economies by presenting an original project with a new suggestion for exchange value as an inclusive process of exchange among participants in the economy. It also provides evidence that consensus decision making can be a useful and productive method for research.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2016-10-26T06:48:45Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-12-2015-0134
       
  • (Extra)ordinary activism: veganism and the shaping of hemeratopias
    • Pages: 756 - 773
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 36, Issue 11/12, Page 756-773, October 2016.
      Purpose Literature on social movements increasingly identifies everyday life as significant to understand political practices and activism. However, scholars have retained a major bias towards movement mobilisation and collective action, often relegating the everyday at the margins of social movements. While there have been notable exceptions, with studies of prefigurative activism and everyday practices of social change, they have usually focussed on alternative community spaces such as autonomous social centres and protest camps, and paid less attention to “ordinary” practices and spaces of activism. The purpose of this paper is to address these problems by suggesting that everyday life may be central to the production of activist spaces and the action of social movements. Design/methodology/approach Drawing upon ethnography methods, interviews with vegan activists, an on-line survey of supporters of vegan movements and an examination of on-line vegan forums, it seeks to analyse the practices of the vegan movement in France. Findings This paper attempts to demonstrate that prefigurative activism and seemingly banal practices may be central to strategies for social change. Drawing on an anarchist perspective on activism, it further suggests that activism and everyday life should not be studied in isolation from each other but as mutually constitutive in the creation of everyday alternative spaces – hemeratopias. Originality/value This paper adds to the literature on activism and social movements by offering a more complex picture of the spatial politics at work in social movements and a better understanding of individual action and mobilisation.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2016-10-26T06:48:23Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-12-2015-0137
       
  • Czech civil sector face-to-face with freelance activism
    • Pages: 774 - 791
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 36, Issue 11/12, Page 774-791, October 2016.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to answer following question: what is the relationship between member activism performed through civil society organizations (CSOs) and individualized freelance activism (in form of online activism, everyday making, political consumerism or checkbook activism) independent of organizational framework? Is it a relationship of mutual competition or support? Design/methodology/approach Analysis is carried out on data from 2009 questionnaire-based survey on volunteering, representative for adult Czech population. The data set allowed the authors to relate member activism with freelance activism and in case of member activism distinguish the type of organization and the level of its professionalization. Findings Dominant pattern the authors identified in data is mutual support of both types of volunteering documented by significant overlap of these forms of public engagement. The most striking is the overlap for active members of new advocacy NGOs and the weakest for traditional clubs. Regression analysis shows that on an individual level “mixed activism” (compared with “pure freelance activism”) is linked with higher education and higher confidence in civic organizations. Originality/value The civil practice of individualized freelance activism was described and analysed by various authors as an activity of specific types of activist, but there has not yet been any research giving reflection on such a large scale of freelance activism types as in the analysis. The authors set them together in contrast to the member (collective, organized) form of civic activism and also took into account the influence of professionalization and type of CSOs.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2016-10-26T06:49:28Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-12-2015-0142
       
  • Finding the movement: the geographies of social movement scenes
    • Pages: 792 - 807
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 36, Issue 11/12, Page 792-807, October 2016.
      Purpose A social movement scene is “a network of people who share a set of subcultural or countercultural beliefs, values, norms, and convictions as well as a network of physical spaces where members of that group are known to congregate” (Leach and Haunss 2009, p. 260, emphasis in the original). The purpose of this paper is to further develop theories of social movement scenes by examining the spatial dimensions of proximity, centrality, visibility, and accessibility, arguing that different scene configurations are shaped by gentrification processes. Design/methodology/approach This is an ethnographic study based on research conducted in Sweden over a five year period (2007-2012), including several summer research trips and a sustained fieldwork period of 14 months. Using snowball sampling, the author conducted semi-structured interviews with 38 activists involved in autonomous movement scenes. The author interviewed both men (n=26) and women (n=12) who ranged in age from 18 to 37, with most interviewees in their late 20s and early 30s. Findings Findings suggest that neighborhoods in the early stages of gentrification are most conducive to strong scenes. The author’s findings suggest that, while some of these conditions are locally specific, there were common structural conditions in each city, such as changes in the commercial landscape and housing tenure. Originality/value This paper contributes to the specificity of the concept of a social movement scene by presenting three spatial dimensions of scenes: centrality (relative to the Central Business District), concentration (clustering of scene places in one area of the city), and visibility (a visible presence communicated by signs and symbols). A second contribution of this paper is to offer a set of hypotheses about the urban conditions under which social movement scenes thrive (or fizzle).
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2016-10-26T06:49:18Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-11-2015-0130
       
  • Start your own revolution: agency and action of the Riot Grrrl network
    • Pages: 808 - 823
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 36, Issue 11/12, Page 808-823, October 2016.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to examine the Riot Grrrl activist network in the USA and highlight historical anarchist actions of the Washington, DC chapter by examining the nexus of feminism and anarchism on a continuum of youth activism, and by paying attention to anti-war campaigns, food distribution programs, free clinics and girl culture. Design/methodology/approach The paper historically contextualizes Riot Grrrl within the Situationist International literature and cultural resistance as well as Donna Harraway’s work on cultural workers. Ethnographic work incorporates participant observation and semi-structured interviews as well as textual analysis of rare Riot Grrrl artifacts. Focus is given to the production of zines as mechanisms for communicating and deconstructing anarcho-grrrl culture. Findings This paper charts the influence of Riot Grrrl with particular attention to anti-war demonstrations to contemporary activist projects that illustrate tenants of anarchism such as non-hierarchical leadership, direction action, cooperation, mutual aid and volunteerism. Research limitations/implications This paper focuses on the Riot Grrrl network in the USA, with a focus on the Washington, DC chapter. Subsequent Riot Grrrl chapters emerged around the world and future research might attend to regional impact these groups made in their communities. Originality/value The originality of the paper resides not only in its ethnographic approach to the essence of being a Riot Grrrl, but also includes the author’s own reflections of involvement in this girl-centered activist collective. Further, the author acknowledges Los Angeles performance artist Exene Cervanka, whose anti-war writing and activist work was influential to the Riot Grrrl movement. This essay examines actions to (re)organize, and to disrupt preferred meanings and interpretations of organization and protest so as to mobilize knowledge and to affect authentic social change. This paper commemorates the 25th anniversary of Riot Grrrl and the Mount Pleasant Riots.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2016-10-26T06:49:02Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-06-2016-0067
       
  • Student activists’ affective strategies during the 2010-2011 siege of
           the University of Puerto Rico
    • Pages: 824 - 842
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 36, Issue 11/12, Page 824-842, October 2016.
      Purpose On December 14, 2010, University of Puerto Rico (UPR) student activists initiated the second wave of their strike at a disadvantage. The presence of the police force inside the campus raised the stakes for the student movement. No longer did student activists have the “legal rights” or control of the university as a physical public space to hold their assemblies and coordinate their different events. As a result, student activists had to improvise and (re)construct their spaces of resistance by using emotional narratives, organizing non-violent civil disobedience acts at public places, fomenting lobbying groups, disseminating online petitions, and developing alternative proposals to the compulsory fee. This second wave continued until March 2011, when it came to a halt after an incident that involved physical harassment to the Chancellor, Ana Guadalupe, during one of the student demonstrations. The paper aims to discuss these issues. Design/methodology/approach Building on Ron Eyerman’s (2005, p. 53) analysis on “the role of emotions in social movements with the aid of performance theory,” the author center this paper on examining student activists’ tactics and strategies in the development and maintenance of their emotional narratives and internet activism. By adapting Joshua Atkinson’s (2010) concept of resistance performance, the author argues that student activists’ resistance performances assisted them in (re)framing their collective identities by (re)constructing spaces of resistance and contention while immersed in violent confrontations with the police. Findings Ever since the establishment of the university as an institution, student activism has played a key role in shaping the political policies and history of many countries; “today, student actions continue to have direct effects on educational institutions and on national and international politics” (Edelman, 2001, p. 3). Consequently, and especially in times of economic and political crisis, student activism has occupied and constructed spaces of resistance and contention to protest and reveal the existing repressions of neoliberal governments serving as a (re)emergence of an international social movement to guarantee the accessibility to a public higher education of excellence. Thus, it is important to remember that the 2010-2011 UPR student activism’s success should not be measured by the sum of demands granted, but rather by the sense of community achieved and the establishment of social networks that have continued to create resistance and change in the island. Originality/value As of yet there is no thorough published analysis of the 2010-2011 UPR student strike, its implications, and how the university community currently perceives it. By elaborating on the concept of resistance performance, the author’s study illustrates how both traditional and alternative media (re)presentations of student activism can develop, maintain, adjust, or change the students’ collective identity(ies). The author’s work not only makes Puerto Rico visible in the research concerning social movements, student activism, and internet activism; in addition, it provides resistance performance as a concept to describe various degrees of participation in current social movements.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2016-10-26T06:49:10Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-12-2015-0149
       
  • Convergence as organization: Blockupy against the ECB
    • Pages: 843 - 859
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 36, Issue 11/12, Page 843-859, October 2016.
      Purpose On 18 March 2015, the transnational anti-austerity Blockupy coalition protested the inauguration of the new European Central Bank premises in Frankfurt. The purpose of this paper is to analyse this mass protest event by highlighting the organizational differences, possibilities, and conflicts that was involved. Design/methodology/approach The paper is based on participant observation of the Blockupy event and interviews with a group of Danish activists who also participated. Findings The paper constructs sociospatial narrative that unfolds through three different scales of organization: the Blockupy coalition, the participating formal and informal organizations, and the activist subject. This narrative explicates the mode of organization as a “convergence space” (cf. Routledge, 2003), with different “roots” and “routes” of organization (cf. Davies, 2012). Originality/value Thus, through an analysis of the modes of organization constituting this mass protest event, this paper restates the relevance of the concept of organization, which have recently been ignored or understated in favour of master-narratives of networks or the dichotomy of horizontalism and verticality. It concludes by posing a set of questions for further discussion among both activists and sociologists.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2016-10-26T06:48:38Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-12-2015-0132
       
 
 
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