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Creative Approaches to Research     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 13)
Critical Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
Critical Studies on Terrorism     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 25)
Crossing the Border : International Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies     Open Access  
Cuadernos de la Facultad de Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales - Universidad Nacional de Jujuy     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Cuadernos de la Facultad de Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales. Universidad Nacional de Jujuy     Open Access  
Cuadernos Interculturales     Open Access  
Cultural Studies Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 13)
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Culturales     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Culture Mandala : The Bulletin of the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies     Open Access  
Culture Scope     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Demographic Research     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Derecho y Ciencias Sociales     Open Access  
Desacatos     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Desenvolvimento em Questão     Open Access  
Developing Practice : The Child, Youth and Family Work Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 12)
Development     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Diálogo     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
DIFI Family Research and Proceedings     Open Access  
Discourse & Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 288)
Distinktion : Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Doct-Us Journal     Open Access  
Drustvena istrazivanja     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict: Pathways toward terrorism and genocide     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
e-Gnosis     Open Access  
e-Hum : Revista das Áreas de Humanidade do Centro Universitário de Belo Horizonte     Open Access  
Eastern Africa Social Science Research Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Économie et Solidarités     Full-text available via subscription  
Education, Business and Society : Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues     Hybrid Journal  
Égypte - Monde arabe     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
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Electoral Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 23)
Electronic Journal of Radical Organisation Theory     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
EMPIRIA. Revista de Metodología de las Ciencias Sociales     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Enfoques     Open Access  
Enseñanza de las Ciencias Sociales     Open Access  
Entramado     Open Access  
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion : An International Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Espace populations sociétés     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
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Estudios del Desarrollo Social : Cuba y América Latina     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
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Estudios Sociales     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Ethics and Social Welfare     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Ethiopian Journal of the Social Sciences and Humanities     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Ethnic and Racial Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 24)
Ethnobotany Research & Applications : a journal of plants, people and applied research     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Études rurales     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Eureka Street     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
European Journal of Futures Research     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
European Journal of Social Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 26)
European Online Journal of Natural and Social Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 13)
European Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies - Revista Europea de Estudios Latinoamericanos y del Caribe     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
European Review of Social Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
European View     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Exchanges : the Warwick Research Journal     Open Access  
ExT : Revista de Extensión de la UNC     Open Access  
Families, Relationships and Societies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Family Matters     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 13)
Family Process     Partially Free   (Followers: 3)
Family Relations     Partially Free   (Followers: 7)
Family Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
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  
Formation emploi     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
FORO. Revista de Ciencias Jurídicas y Sociales, Nueva Época     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Fourth World Journal     Full-text available via subscription  
Fudan Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences     Hybrid Journal  
Future Times     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Genocide Studies and Prevention     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Genocide Studies International     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Géographie et cultures     Open Access  
Ghana Journal of Development Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Global Journal of Social Sciences     Full-text available via subscription  
Global Social Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Graduate Journal of Social Science     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Grief Matters : The Australian Journal of Grief and Bereavement     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
Gruppendynamik und Organisationsberatung     Hybrid Journal  
Hallazgos     Open Access  
He Puna Korero: Journal of Maori and Pacific Development     Full-text available via subscription  
Headmark     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Heritage & Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
História e Cultura     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
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: 1)
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)
IDS Bulletin     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
IEEE Transactions on Computational Social Systems     Full-text available via subscription  

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Journal Cover   International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
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  • “We don’t want school bags”: discourses on corporate
           social responsibility in Egypt and the challenges of a new practice in a
           complex setting
    • Authors: Ghada Barsoum, Sara Refaat
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 35, Issue 5/6, June 2015. Purpose This paper highlights the competing and overlapping discourses on CSR in Egypt, a setting with a serious knowledge gap on CSR. Design/methodology/approach This study is based on semi-structured in-depth interviews with key players in the field of CSR in Egypt conducted in the fall of 2013 and early 2014. Informants included in this study were CSR staff members at major multinational enterprises (MNEs) operating in Egypt, key partner non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating in the field of CSR, media and public relations agents that are partners with MNEs in launching CSR media campaigns about CSR activities. Findings The paper identifies three themes in the discourse on CSR among some of the key field players including CSR practitioners at MNEs, NGOs and media specialists. First, CSR is seen as a western version of a long standing philanthropic tradition that is rooted in religion. The comparison between CSR and indigenous religious practices discredits CSR as a vulgarized form of giving that seeks to take more than give. Second, the surmount challenges of poverty and unemployment place heightened expectations on CSR to seriously address these challenges. It is in view of these challenges that CSR is accused of doing “bad” development, which is the third theme identified in the data. Research limitations/implications There is a dearth of research on CSR in Egypt, which largely remains a setting less explored in terms of CSR. This paper problematizes the connection between CSR and development. It also highlights the importance of studying CSR in different contexts. Practical implications The findings in this paper are relevant for the design of CSR programs in contexts of countries in the South Originality/value Paper builds on original data collected by the authors. It addresses a lacuna of research on CSR in the Middle East region, particularly Egypt
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 00:38:02 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-07-2014-0054
       
  • The social assistance policy in urban China: a critical review
    • Authors: Haomiao Zhang
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 35, Issue 5/6, June 2015. Purpose This paper aims to assess China’s urban social assistance policy, mainly by examining the findings of in-depth interviews with urban Dibao recipients in Chengdu about their experiences with social assistance, and by comparing what the social assistance offers with the urban poor households’ actual needs and vulnerabilities. Design/methodology/approach In this study ,the author interviewed 15 people from urban Dibao Households in Wuhou District and Qingyang District of Chengdu,China. The interviews were conducted from April to August in 2013, usually in their homes. The small sample naturally limits generalizations, however it can point to directions for future research. Findings It is found out that urban Dibao which is the core of social assistance policy provides insufficient cash support and other special assistance programs are more of tokenistic which don’t offer much help. Besides, due to lack of psychological aid, many recipients show negative and pessimistic attitudes towards life. Originality/value Regarding the assessment of social assistance policy in China, the international literature has shown little interest. Several Chinese scholars have analyzed urban social assistance system, but they tend to examine or assess from the perspective of policy makers and focus on making policy suggestions.Thus, there is not much information about whether what the social assistance offers could meet the urban poor households’ actual needs and vulnerabilities. An interesting endeavor would be to explore and assess the urban social assistance policy from the perspective of the recipients, and this is exactly what this article aims to do.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 00:38:01 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-07-2014-0055
       
  • Marriage and family structures in the rural Punjab: a shift from
           conservative to contemporary patterns
    • Authors: Ayesha Farooq, Ashraf Khan Kayani, Khalil Ahmad
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 35, Issue 5/6, June 2015. Purpose This paper looks into marriage patterns and family structure and changes therein over the period of fifty years. Reasons for change in marriage patterns are also included. It also includes marriage arrangements in the village by time periods. The latter part of the paper explores changes in family structure and its relevant reasons over the decades. Design/methodology/approach Survey was conducted to attain and assess the required information. An interview schedule was developed as a tool for data collection. Systematic sampling technique was used for the selection of the respondents (aged 55+). These respondents were assumed to have observed the changes over the decades. Our results were based on trend analysis from 1960s through 2008. Findings Our results showed that material exchanges on the vital events have declined with the exception of marriage occasion over the period of time. Our data shows that most of the marriages were taking place between close relatives from 1960s through 1980s. Substantial decline in these marriages was replaced by corresponding increase in inter-caste marriages after 1990 due to education and economic factors. During the same period, a shift is observed from joint family system to nuclear one. Originality/value This paper focuses on changes in marriage patterns and family structure along with their pertinent causal factors in a rural community of the Punjab, Pakistan.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 00:37:57 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-05-2014-0034
       
  • Caring relationships and efficient social care provision: can an ethic of
           care provide a better foundation for responding to care needs in later
           life?
    • Authors: Sue Hollinrake, Will Thomas
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 35, Issue 5/6, June 2015. Purpose The research project being reported sought to understand the nature of support that helps older people continue living in their own homes for as long as they wish to. Design/methodology/approach The research made use of a participatory approach in which service users, service providers and commissioners were involved in the design of the approach in addition to contributing to the research as participants in their own right. Findings This paper presents analysis from the research which focuses on the importance of caring relationships for providing a support mechanism. The authors question whether budget cuts and efficiency drives within statutory care providers preclude the notion of caring relationships. Practical implications The authors suggest, in the light of the evidence presented, that statutory service providers should acknowledge the role that caring relationships play in providing support for older people. Whilst budget cuts make providing support for caring relationships more challenging, the authors suggest that there is scope for delivering services and support in ways which promote the types of interactions which better support older people living independently. Originality/value The analysis presented here provides a distinctive, timely and thoughtful insight into support for older people at a time when public sector budgets are under increasing pressure.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 00:37:55 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-08-2013-0089
       
  • Striving for job security: the lived experience of employment informality
           among educated youth in Egypt
    • Authors: Ghada Barsoum
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 35, Issue 5/6, June 2015. Purpose The purpose of this paper is twofold: First, it seeks to voice the concerns of educated youth in Egypt as they describe their work options and preferences. Second, it seeks to highlight the gravity of the policy gap in addressing work informality, drawing on some of the international experience in this field. Design/methodology/approach Qualitative research in the form of in-depth interviews; desk-review of policies; and descriptive statistical analysis of a recent national survey of labour in Egypt. Findings A large proportion of educated youth work within the realm of informality and there is a clear policy gap in addressing this issue. Contrary to what would be expected, young people value access to social security and work stability. They face systemic hurdles related to access to such benefits. Because of the legacy of guaranteed government hiring of the educated in Egypt, young people express a great appreciation of work in the government, for virtually being the only employer offering job stability and social security in the labour market. Research limitations/implications This paper addresses a gap in the literature on youth employment in Egypt, where there is a dearth of research focusing on the lived experience of employment precariousness. The majority of studies in this field relies on statistics with little qualitative research voicing the views of this group. Practical implications Reforms are more urgent than timely to extend social security and other measures of social protection to workers within the informal economy. Originality/value The paper builds on primary data and provides insights about the way educated youth perceive their working conditions and options. The paper also provides a discussion of the social security system in Egypt, its coverage, and possible reform approaches.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 00:37:54 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-01-2014-0006
       
  • Welfare reform and the street level bureaucrat in homelessness services
    • Authors: Sarah Louise Alden
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 35, Issue 5/6, June 2015. Purpose Lipsky’s street level bureaucrat conceptual framework is employed to assist in understanding the ways in which statutory frontline homelessness practitioners are engaging with the current welfare reform agenda. Design/methodology/approach Draws the street level bureaucrat framework. A national baseline survey of homelessness practitioners was followed by targeted qualitative interviews involving 12 local authorities in England. Findings Homelessness practitioners are facing a twofold crisis due to an increase in service users and corresponding decrease in feasible housing options or resources to tackle this. It was reported that effective service provision for all who required it was becoming increasingly difficult, which in turn fostered an environment in which unlawful gatekeeping practices could thrive. Further, it was found that a service user’s position may be additionally weakened due to the new powers conferred in the Localism Act. Research limitations/implications Qualitative data was limited to North East Authorities due to limited research resources. Originality/value Application of the street level bureaucrat implementation framework to English homelessness services, a national survey of English frontline service delivery in an austere climate.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 00:37:52 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-10-2013-0102
       
  • Pre-school practitioners, child poverty and social justice
    • Authors: Donald Simpson, Eunice Lumsden, Rory McDowall Clark
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 35, Issue 5/6, June 2015. Purpose Several ideas exist about social justice and how inequalities can be tackled to help families and children in poverty. The Coalition government released the United Kingdom’s (UK’s) first child poverty strategy in 2011. Pervaded by neoliberal ideology, the strategy mentions ‘empowering’ pre-school services and practitioners within the childcare market ‘to do more for the most disadvantaged’ (DWP & DfE 2011, 35). The research reported aimed to bring to light how early childhood education and care (ECEC) practitioners across England have engaged with policy discussions and adopted expectations concerning their place in addressing child poverty. Design/methodology/approach Using a phenomenological qualitative research design the article draws upon 30 interviews with pre-school practitioners in three geographic areas of England. All interviewees worked with families and children in poverty and were senior ECEC practitioners within their pre-school settings. Findings Many interviewees shared the Coalition’s construction of child poverty as a problem of ‘troubled’ parenting. These views pervaded their interaction with parents and intersected with the regulatory influence of ‘policy technologies’ to influence their practice within a context of austerity cuts. This limited practitioners’ poverty sensitivity and their promotion of social justice. Therefore this article concludes by critiquing the contribution which ECEC practitioners can make to addressing child poverty. Practical implications The findings suggest there may be a need for poverty proofing toolkits in the pre-school sector. Originality/value This article provides a rare insight into how pre-school practitioners have engaged with, adopted and adapted assumptions about their role within policy discussion over child poverty and the promotion of social justice.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 00:37:51 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-10-2013-0101
       
  • Perceptions of irregular immigrants’ participation in undeclared
           work in the United Kingdom from a social trust perspective
    • Authors: Anett Hodosi
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 35, Issue 5/6, June 2015. Purpose There is a significant body of work dealing with the topic of undeclared work and irregular immigrants. However, relatively little is understood about the British general public’s perception of irregular immigrants’ participation in undeclared work. The current paper aims to explore the topic from a social trust angle and to compare its findings with the real extent and distribution of the different sub-populations’ participation in undeclared work. Design/methodology/approach The research is based on the 2007 Eurobarometer data set, drawing upon the results of logistic regression analyses. Findings The research reveals the extent that socio-demographic, occupational and spatial characteristics influence the perceptions of the general public towards the involvement of irregular immigrants in undeclared work in the United Kingdom. These findings are then analyzed to show their impact on social trust. Practical implications A policy intervention addressing perceptions could be joined by or be part of initiatives aiming to increase social trust as their target audience overlaps with both racial and income differences playing a significant role in both matters. Equal treatment should be an essential feature of such new measures as it could have a significant effect on preventing discrimination as a result of negative perceptions. Also, new policies aiming to reduce undeclared work should consider a general scope targeting all ethnic groups at the same time. Focusing on just one minority community intensifies perceptions of the rest of the society and enhances its weakening effect on extra-community links at the same time impeding interpersonal trust and the emergence of social capital. Originality/value Perceptions of the general public towards irregular immigrants’ engagement in undeclared work has not been analysed in detail previously. The findings of the current paper are based on the 2007 Eurobarometer data set. This article examines the preconceptions and their impact on social trust from the perspective of the general public.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 00:37:51 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-10-2013-0108
       
  • Payment by results: the materialist reconstruction of criminal justice
    • Authors: Philip Whitehead
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 35, Issue 5/6, June 2015. Purpose The criminal justice system in England and Wales is being reconstructed on a new operating platform of which Payment by Results is the material signifier. This critical historic transformation is occurring during a period of radical economic disruption and political restructuring after 2007-2008. Payment by results signals the deeper penetration of the core principles of capitalism into the body of the state and its welfare and criminal justice system. Conceptually a Lacanian-Zizekian framework is put to work to theorise these important transformations. Design/methodology/approach The design and methodology of this research paper utilises open sources and documentary materials on the development of Payment by Results, in its application primarily to the criminal justice system. Findings There is evidence that Payment by Results, located within the wider context of capitalist reconstruction, is radically transforming the delivery of criminal justice services. Originality/value This is the first critical analysis of Payment by Results located within the context of late modern capitalism.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 00:37:50 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-10-2013-0100
       
  • Expectations towards home care re-ablement in Danish municipalities
    • Authors: Barbara Fersch
      Pages: 126 - 140
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 35, Issue 3/4, Page 126-140, April 2015. Purpose – Re-abling care of frail older people is highly on the agenda in several countries. The purpose of this paper 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.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: Tue, 10 Mar 2015 11:38:04 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
      Pages: 141 - 164
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 35, Issue 3/4, Page 141-164, April 2015. Purpose – Family socio-cultural values and its practices have pervasive effects on early age at first marriage in every society. The purpose of this paper is to examine and compare 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 the author 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 12-48 years for husbands and 10-45 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 χ2 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 χ2 test of the frequency distribution were significant at p
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: Tue, 10 Mar 2015 11:38:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-06-2014-0046
       
  • Re-thinking queue culture: the commodification of thick time
    • Authors: Mark N. Wexler
      Pages: 165 - 181
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 35, Issue 3/4, Page 165-181, April 2015. Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to highlight 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. Social implications – The social construction of waiting and the experience of thick time are shown to be increasingly part of the privatized market experience where queue management innovations not only are commercialized but have strong implications for the egalitarian social assumptions imbedded in the initial queue culture based sociology of waiting. Policy implications support the present pay for use philosophy increasingly applied in the transition from public to private management of space. 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.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: Tue, 10 Mar 2015 11:38:11 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-06-2014-0048
       
  • Post-Soviet informality: towards theory-building
    • Authors: Huseyn Aliyev
      Pages: 182 - 198
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 35, Issue 3/4, Page 182-198, April 2015. Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to suggest 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 paper 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.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: Tue, 10 Mar 2015 11:38:18 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-05-2014-0041
       
  • Documenting the UK “Black Fish Scandal” as a case study of
           criminal entrepreneurship
    • Authors: Robert Smith
      Pages: 199 - 221
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 35, Issue 3/4, Page 199-221, April 2015. Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to consider 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 paper 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.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: Tue, 10 Mar 2015 11:38:22 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-02-2014-0018
       
  • Bridging the social divides: a school-based model from India
    • Authors: Tamo Chattopadhay
      Pages: 222 - 238
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 35, Issue 3/4, Page 222-238, April 2015. Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the transformative potential of a school-based model in India that makes middle class students active stakeholders in the well-being 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. Social implications – The study demonstrates that with purposive strategies and intentional organizational culture, schools for privileged can promote social inclusion of all children. 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.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: Tue, 10 Mar 2015 11:38:07 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-04-2014-0029
       
  • Advocacy research and social policy
    • Authors: Kenneth McLaughlin
      Pages: 239 - 251
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 35, Issue 3/4, Page 239-251, 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. The purpose of this paper is to investigate such claims. Design/methodology/approach – In this paper the author wishes to look at some of the tactics utilised by advocacy groups in order to establish the legitimacy of their particular concern. The author focuses on material published by Action for Children and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children 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 campaigns by two charity organisations.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: Tue, 10 Mar 2015 11:38:34 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-02-2014-0009
       
  • Continuing caste inequalities in rural Uttar Pradesh
    • Authors: Srinivas Goli, Nagendra Kumar Maurya, Manoj Kumar Sharma
      Pages: 252 - 272
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 35, Issue 3/4, Page 252-272, 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. The purpose of this paper is to investigate 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 – The authors 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.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: Tue, 10 Mar 2015 11:38:31 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-07-2014-0051
       
  • Examining the influence of business environment on socio-economic
           performance of informal microenterprises
    • Authors: Eijaz Ahmed Khan, Mohammed Quaddus
      Pages: 273 - 288
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 35, Issue 3/4, Page 273-288, 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 paper 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 analysed using the partial least square structural equation modelling. 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.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: Tue, 10 Mar 2015 11:38:28 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-02-2014-0016
       
 
 
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