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IAMURE International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
IAMURE International Journal of Social Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
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: 13)
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Journal Cover   International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
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  • Expectations towards home care re-ablement in Danish municipalities
    • Authors: Barbara Fersch et al
      First page: 126
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 35, Issue 3/4, April 2015. Purpose Re-abling care of frail older people is highly on the agenda in several countries. The purpose of this article is to have a closer look at the argumentation used for its establishment by local policy actors in the field and the kind of expectations towards the behaviour of frail older people it entails. Design/methodology/approach The empirical material consists of qualitative interviews with 17 local policy actors in two Danish municipalities. The interviews have been analysed with the help of argumentative discourse analysis. Findings The most important argument for re-abling care appears to be grounded in economic reasons. However, a second, moral argument was found revolving around the older peoples’ activity, which contributes to the establishment of moral expectations towards frail older people to be active. Research limitations/implications As the goal of the study was to analyse understandings and values of key local actors, the implementation of re-ablement programmes and the users’ perspective were not studied. Originality/value The paper contributes to the investigation of the shift from universal entitlement as a right to towards market rationalities in Danish elder care.
      PubDate: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 00:57:56 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-06-2014-0045
  • Family socio-cultural values affecting early marriage between Muslim and
           Santal communities in rural Bangladesh
    • Authors: Md. Emaj Uddin et al
      First page: 141
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 35, Issue 3/4, April 2015. Purpose Family socio-cultural values and its practices have pervasive effects on early age at first marriage in every society. This study examines and compares how family socio-cultural values and its practices exert effect on early age at first marriage between Muslim and Santal couples in rural Bangladesh. Design/methodology/approach First of all through snow-ball process and checking of marriage documents we carefully identified 598 couples from Muslim and 560 from Santal who were married the first time between 1995 and 2005 years and whose age range was 12 to 48 years for husbands and 10 to 45 years for wives. Then, 585 pairs of couples (295 for Muslim and 290 for Santal) were randomly selected from the Talonda of Rajshahi district, Bangladesh. Data were collected, applying interview method with semi-structural questionnaire in family setting. Then the collected data were analyzed, using X2 test and binary logistic regression (BLR) technique. Findings The frequency distribution showed that most of the Santal couples compared to the Muslim ones were married before the minimum legal age in Bangladesh. The results of X2 test of the frequency distribution were significant at p<0.01 & p<0.05 level. In addition, results of BLR analysis suggested that early age at first marriage was significantly (p<0.01 & p<0.05) associated with family socio-cultural values studied. It is argued that ethnicity, family pattern, residence pattern, illiteracy and ascriptive occupational status were the risk factors to persist early marriage among the Santal couples than the Muslim ones in rural Bangladesh. Practical implications Although the findings are suggestive to understand differences in early marriage associated with family socio-cultural values between the ethnic couples, further cross-cultural study should be conducted on how socio-psychological factors affect early marriage between the ethnic groups. In spite of the limitations these findings may have implications in comparative social policy-practice to prevent early marriage associated with changes in family socio-cultural values between the ethnic groups in Bangladesh. Originality/value The findings in the paper are original in linking between family socio-cultural theory, its related policy and practice to prevent early marriage between the ethnic couples in Bangladesh.
      PubDate: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:43:53 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-06-2014-0046
  • Re-thinking queue culture: the commodification of thick time
    • Authors: Mark N. Wexler et al
      First page: 165
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 35, Issue 3/4, April 2015. Purpose This work highlights both the contribution and the present need to reconfigure the literature on ‘queue culture’ as a precursor of the sociology of waiting. Design/methodology/approach The study employs a legal-structural lens in comparing the initial conceptual treatment of the archetypal “waiting line” with the “line” modifying sociology of waiting that results in waiting rooms, number and telephone queues and in the experience of online waiting. Findings The initial conception of the culture of the queue understates the importance of three factors: first, the role of third parties in the design , management and inculcation of rules binding those experiencing thick time; second the degree to which communication technology and its attachment to the “mobilities” paradigm has thinned the experience of thick time and lastly the degree to which the increasing commodification of the wait has resulted in the creation of waiting time as a form of pay as you go flexitime. Originality/value The self-policing “fairness” of the waiting line is now open to scrutiny given the proliferation of the newly shaped distributional logics imbedded in the management, design and use of waiting spaces.
      PubDate: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 00:57:57 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-06-2014-0048
  • Post-Soviet informality: towards theory-building
    • Authors: Huseyn Aliyev et al
      First page: 182
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 35, Issue 3/4, April 2015. Purpose This study suggests that informal practices and institutions of post-Soviet countries differ from informality in other post-socialist regions and, therefore, proposes categorizing it as ‘post-Soviet informality’ – a composite definition that extends beyond the concept of ‘informal economy’ and encompasses, along with economic activities, social and political spheres. Design/methodology/approach The arguments of the paper are based on a comprehensive analysis of secondary sources. Findings This article shows that, owing to the effects of antecedent regime’s legacies and the problems of post-communist transition, for the proper analysis of informality in post-Soviet countries it needs to be based on an own concept. Originality/value This study, in contrast to the existing literature on informality in post-communist spaces, specifically focuses on the informal sphere of post-Soviet countries, suggesting that the informal institutions and practices thriving across the vast post-Soviet space not only differ from the informal spheres elsewhere in the world, but also from informality in other post-communist regions.
      PubDate: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 00:57:59 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-05-2014-0041
  • Documenting the UK ‘Black Fish Scandal’ as a case study of
           Criminal Entrepreneurship
    • Authors: Rob Smith et al
      First page: 199
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 35, Issue 3/4, April 2015. Purpose This case study considers the industrial exploitation of fishing quotas as a case of organized criminal entrepreneurship. Seldom is consideration given to the existence of informal and criminal entrepreneurship within the fishing industry. Consequentially, this case charts the ‘Black Fish Scandal’ in the UK which saw the flouting of regulations and quotas on a commercial scale netting the protagonists £63 million through the illegal landing of undeclared fish. Design/methodology/approach The case study underpinning this article is constructed using documentary research techniques. Findings Entrepreneurship can be destructive in a Baumolian sense as well as being productive. The moral of the story is that the entrepreneurs involved in the scandal are primarily small businessmen and not organized criminals; and that lessons can be learned from this case on how knowledge of entrepreneurship can be used to ensure that entrepreneurs and businessmen are not tempted to stray into the commission of economic crime. Research limitations/implications A limitation of the study is that it was constructed solely from media reports of the scandal. The implications of this study are widespread for politicians, local government, policy makers and academic researchers alike and highlight the rise and fall of an industry and the impact of ‘laissez-faire’ entrepreneurship on the industry suggesting to politicians, local government, policy makers that there needs to be a more planned approach to encouraging entrepreneurship within such coastal communities. Originality/value This case based empirical study is of value because it is one of the first known UK studies of the Black Fish Scandal.
      PubDate: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 00:58:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-02-2014-0018
  • Bridging the social divides: a school-based model from India
    • Authors: Tamo Chattopadhay et al
      First page: 222
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 35, Issue 3/4, April 2015. Purpose This paper examines the transformative potential of a school-based model in India that makes middle class students active stakeholders in the wellbeing of underprivileged children. Design/methodology/approach Employing a qualitative case study method, data were collected through a survey – containing close-ended and open-ended questions – that was administered to all students in grades 6 through 10. Findings Overall, the data suggest that socialization with underprivileged children had a profound impact on the views of middle class children about social inequalities and their own agency in addressing them. While younger children observed more manifest differences between them and the poor children they engaged; the older children articulated those differences in terms of inequalities of opportunity and violations of rights. Research limitations/implications The research was based on a single school where the intervention was conceived and implement by its visionary leader. It would be important to examine the robustness of the model in a broader sample of schools. Practical implications Originality/value This paper makes the counter-intuitive case – analytically and empirically - that for social policies designed for poor children to be a force for social transformation, they should be purposively conceived in conjunction with the educational and developmental imperatives of children from more privileged backgrounds.
      PubDate: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 00:57:54 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-04-2014-0029
  • Advocacy research and social policy: Action for Children and the National
           Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children as case studies
    • Authors: Kenneth McLaughlin et al
      First page: 239
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 35, Issue 3/4, April 2015. Purpose Much social policy research today is commissioned, published and publicised by organisations with direct involvement in that particular aspect of policy. Whilst much good can result from such ‘advocacy research’, at times the tactics employed by some groups have been criticised for exaggerated claims-making and sensationalist reporting as they attempt to get their particular issue into the political and public domain and also generate more government funding and/or increase public donations. This paper investigates such claims. Design/methodology/approach In this paper I wish to look at some of the tactics utilised by advocacy groups in order to establish the legitimacy of their particular concern. I focus on material published by Action for Children (AFC) and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) and between 2010 and 2012 in relation to child maltreatment, critically analysing them from a social constructionist standpoint and drawing on aspects of moral panic theory. Findings The paper concludes by warning of the dangers for both social policy and related practice that can arise from uncritically accepting the claims of contemporary moral entrepreneurs. Originality/value This paper uses theoretical concepts to analyse contemporary camapigns by two charity organisations.
      PubDate: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 00:58:05 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-02-2014-0009
  • Continuing caste inequalities in rural Uttar Pradesh
    • Authors: Srinivas Goli et al
      First page: 252
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 35, Issue 3/4, April 2015. Purpose A continuous mixed opinion on the relevance of caste based reservations and caste as a factor of socioeconomic disparity in the recent period demands update of evidence on socioeconomic inequalities among caste groups for effective policy making. This study investigates whether the caste inequalities in terms of socioeconomic opportunities and poverty are still persisting in rural Uttar Pradesh based on village census surveys' Design/methodology/approach This study used data primarily collected from four village census surveys under the project rural transformation in Uttar Pradesh, 2013. Bivariate analyses, Human Opportunity Index (HOI), Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) and inequality decomposition analyses used as methods of analyses. Findings Our findings suggest that in spite of more than six decades of welfare policies and major political mobilization movements among lower castes in the state, the huge inequalities in terms of critical socioeconomic indicators such as landholding, higher education and wealth distribution and multi-dimensional poverty across the castes are still persisting in the state. Decomposition results suggest that between group inequalities contribute more to the total inequality in landholding whereas within group inequalities contribute maximum to total inequality in education and wealth status of different castes in rural Uttar Pradesh. However, within inequalities much less in general castes compared to SCs/OBCs. Originality/value Based on its latest empirical evidence, this study strengthens the argument that caste still matters in socioeconomic achievements of the population in India even after decades of planning and financing of social welfare schemes to uplift the lower castes in India. Thus, provides critical inputs to current debates on the relevance of caste as a determinant of socioeconomic status in India.
      PubDate: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 00:58:04 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-07-2014-0051
  • Examining the influence of business environment on socio-economic
           performance of informal microenterprises: content analysis and partial
           least square approach
    • Authors: Eijaz Ahmed Khan et al
      First page: 273
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 35, Issue 3/4, April 2015. Purpose This study realize that the relationships between business environment and firm performance in context of small and medium-sized enterprises and large organizations is well understood and focused, but less research has been done on microenterprises, especially in informal sector. The purpose of this study is to examine these relationships. Design/methodology/approach A mixed method research design was used. In the field study, data were obtained from 14 participants via one-to-one personal interview. Content analysis was applied to extract, classify, and cross examine of the data. In the quantitative approach, questionnaire was developed and data were collected from 438 informal microenterprises (IMs) owners. The data were analyzed using the partial least square structural equation modeling (PLS-SEM). Findings Results from this field study and survey recognized these relationships and vibrates well with the existing literature and establish the hypothesis. Practical implications In order to create more favourable environment and ensure the performance, the policy makers, professional bodies could formulate decent requirements for IMs to have a code of business practices and socio-economic performance. Originality/value This study provides a first step towards business environment and firm performance in context IMs and makes several contributions to the literature.
      PubDate: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 00:58:02 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-02-2014-0016
  • Foundations of subjective well-being in turbulent times: a comparison of
           four European countries
    • Authors: Antti Kouvo et al
      First page: 2
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 35, Issue 1/2, March 2015. Purpose This paper examines the relationship between the individual and aggregate level foundations of subjective well-being (SWB). In particular, we focus on the institutional differences between the welfare states as possible explanatory sources of SWB. Design/methodology/approach The data come from the Finnish, British, German and Greek sections of the ESS Round 5, 2010 (N=10,046). Our methods consist of multilevel and linear regression models. Findings The results indicate that the effects of many background variables are somewhat constant in the selected countries, even though the countries are different from each other in terms of their institutional characteristics. SWB can be explained relatively well by individuals’ social networks, health and socio-demographic factors. However, the detected cross-country differences also point to the fact that the institutional differences among the countries have significance in this instance. Research limitations/implications The research approach was built on cross-sectional data on Finland, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Greece only. While these countries represent different types of European societies it is not possible to make broader conclusions on the variation caused by societal or cultural factors in the global sense. Originality/value Previous studies have addressed the direct effects of the background factors in contemporary Europe. Beyond these determinants also lies the possible impact of institutional and cultural factors.
      PubDate: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:09:16 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-01-2014-0005
  • Active labour market policy and its outcomes – does workfare
           programme participation increase self-efficacy in Germany'
    • Authors: Anita Tisch et al
      First page: 18
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 35, Issue 1/2, March 2015. Purpose This paper examines the effect of workfare programme participation on self-efficacy, because many studies suggest that sufficient self-efficacy is essential for successful job search in modern labour markets. Design/methodology/approach The paper analyses an exemplary German workfare programme – the so-called “One-Euro-Jobs” programme – and examines whether participation in this programme improved the self-efficacy of participants. The analyses are based on survey data (Panel Study Labour Market and Social Security) that were combined with administrative records of the Statistics Department of the German Federal Employment Agency to obtain more reliable information on programme participation. To detect causal effects of participation, the authors apply propensity score matching. Findings The findings show that participants’ self-efficacy, on average, was not improved by programme participation. Also, no well determined positive effects of programme participation were found when controlling for the individual baseline level of self-efficacy. Practical implications The findings suggest that workfare programme participation did not fulfil several of the psychological functions of work necessary to enhance participants’ self-efficacy. The authors suggest a two-step approach to enhancing individuals’ self-efficacy and their job search abilities: in the first step, workfare participation aims to improve employability; in the second step, participants can learn the extent to which they have become ready to work in a regular subsidised job. Originality/value Various studies examine the effect of workfare programme participation on employment prospects, well-being, health or social participation. Within the discourse on active labour market policy, this paper is the first to study the effect of workfare programme participation on self-efficacy.
      PubDate: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:08:58 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-12-2013-0116
  • Do Finnish young people support the Nordic welfare state'
    • Authors: Teemu Rantanen et al
      First page: 47
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 35, Issue 1/2, March 2015. Purpose This study examined young people’s attitudes toward social welfare and their perceptions of who is responsible for providing social welfare benefits. Design/methodology/approach Social welfare attitudes were examined related to three themes: government responsibility, trust in society, and individual responsibility. A sample of 725 students from 12 high and vocational schools in South Finland was used for analysis. Findings The data suggests that young people have a high regard for the importance of the government’s role as a social support and a mechanism of social welfare for all citizens. In addition, the results show that women highlight government responsibility more than men, and that men highlight the individual’s own responsibility for social issues. According to the results, there is a weak relationship between cultural values and social welfare attitudes. Collective values relate positively to an emphasis on trust in government and government responsibility for social problems, and relate negatively to an emphasis on individuals’ personal responsibility. Originality/value The study shows that the main principles of the welfare state are still accepted by the Finnish youth, although recent speculations about the future of welfare states.
      PubDate: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:09:20 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-04-2014-0031
  • Unemployed and alone' Unemployment and social participation in Europe
    • Authors: Martina Dieckhoff et al
      First page: 67
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 35, Issue 1/2, March 2015. Purpose In this article we examine the relationship between unemployment and social participation and aim to identify the role of national policies and attitudes as possible mediators. Design/methodology/approach We use the 2006 EU-SILC module on social participation – a dataset that provides rich information on social participation for 22/23 EU countries. We adopt a two-step multilevel design, allowing us to directly examine the impact of national policies and norms on individual outcome. Findings The article reveals clear evidence that the unemployed have lower levels of social participation than the employed across a range of indicators. The paper also reveals that macro-level variables significantly affect the extent of these differentials in social participation. For instance, we found societies that expose the unemployed to poverty risk have a larger social participation gap between the employed and the unemployed. Originality/value While the negative association between unemployment and social participation has been established in prior work, our study is the first one to employ a ‘large N’ comparison and to use a multi-level design to statistically test the degree to which macro-level variables mediate the negative relationship between unemployment on social participation. Our analyses were able to show that societal context can significantly alleviate the negative implications of unemployment for social participation.
      PubDate: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:09:10 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-01-2014-0002
  • Relationship between organizational commitments and organizational
           citizenship behaviour in a sample of private banking employees
    • Authors: María Zayas-Ortiz et al
      First page: 91
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 35, Issue 1/2, March 2015. Purpose The purpose of this study was to investigate whether there was a relationship between commitment and the behaviour of organizational citizenship among bank employees. Design/methodology/approach This article is based on the outcomes of a doctoral dissertation, which was a case study combining a mix methodology. The results validated the conceptual model proposed by the researcher and answered the research questions. Measurement instruments used include the Organizational Citizenship Scale and the Organizational Commitment Scale, developed and validated by Rosario et al. (2004). Findings The paper finds that there is a positive correlation between the organizational commitment and the indicators of organizational citizenship behaviour and civic virtue, courtesy and altruism dimensions shown by the employees. The dimensions of affective and moral commitment had the strongest correlation with the civic virtue dimension of organizational citizenship. Research limitations/implications sample consist only of private banking employees. Practical implications The organizations should support the affective and moral commitment in their personnel in order to develop strong citizenship behaviour. Originality/value This is the first attempt to study the relationship between organizational commitments and organizational citizenship behaviour in a sample of private banking employees in Puerto Rico.
      PubDate: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:09:25 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-02-2014-0010
  • Scandals of abuse: policy responses in intellectual disabilities
    • Authors: Peter Mark Halladay et al
      First page: 107
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 35, Issue 1/2, March 2015. Purpose This study compares two scandals related to the care of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in the United States and the United Kingdom. Design/methodology/approach A descriptive case study methodology was used to conduct an in-depth qualitative analysis of the two scandals to examine the process of scandal development, and to survey the policy response against policy trends and theories of abuse in each case. The two cases were systematically analysed against a theoretical framework derived from Bonnie and Wallace’ 2003 theoretical framework for understanding abuse based on its sociocultural context, the social embeddedness of organizations providing care, and the individual level characteristics and interactions of subjects and carers. Findings In both cases the process of scandal construction was comparable, and each case offered confirmatory support to extant theories of abuse, and to wider policy trends within I/DD. Research limitations/implications The study examines only the short term policy responses to the scandals in two countries, based on published material only. Originality/value This paper contributes an international comparison of the similarities and differences in the social construction of scandal and the policy responses to abuse and neglect of a vulnerable population using systematic analytical frameworks.
      PubDate: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:09:07 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-12-2013-0117
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