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Journal Cover   International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
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  • Women’s working hours: the interplay between gender role attitudes,
           motherhood, and public childcare support in 23 European countries
    • Authors: Wouter Andringa, Rense Nieuwenhuis, Minna Van Gerven
      First page: 582
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 35, Issue 9/10, September 2015.
      Purpose The purpose of this article is to show how the interplay between individual women’s gender role attitudes, having young children at home, as well as the country-context characterized by gender egalitarianism and public childcare support, relates to women’s working hours in 23 European countries. Design/methodology/approach This study presents results of multilevel regression analyses of data from the European Social Survey (round 2). These micro-level data on 23 European countries were combined with country-level measures on gender traditionalism and childcare expenditure. Findings We found that the negative association between having young children at home and women’s working hours is stronger for women with traditional gender role attitudes compared to women with egalitarian attitudes. The gap in working hours between women with and without young children at home was smaller in countries in which the population holds egalitarian gender role attitudes and in countries with extensive public childcare support. Furthermore, it was found that the gap in employment hours between mothers with traditional or egalitarian attitudes was largest in countries with limited public childcare support. Originality/value The originality of this study lies in the combined (rather than separate) analysis of how countries’ social policies (childcare services) and countries’ attitudes (gender traditionalism) interact with individual gender role attitudes to shape cross-national variation in women’s working hours.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2015-08-01T12:39:57Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-10-2014-0073
  • Social exclusion: re-examining its conceptual relevance to tackling
           inequality and social injustice
    • Authors: Clive Sealey
      First page: 600
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 35, Issue 9/10, September 2015.
      Purpose Purpose: This paper rationalises the continued conceptual utility of social exclusion, and in so doing addresses the prevailing question of what to do with it. This is relevant from social exclusion’s declining relevance in contemporary UK social policy and academia, where its consideration as a concept to explain disadvantage is being usurped by other concepts, both old and new. Design/methodology/approach Design/methodology/approach: The paper analyses criticisms of limitations of social exclusion which have typically centred on the operationalisation of the concept, but I will argue that there are distinctive operationalisation and conceptual strengths within social exclusion which make it value-added as a concept to explain disadvantage. Specifically, there will be an analysis of both New Labour’s and the present Coalition government’s conceptualisation of the term in policy in relation to work Findings Findings: The analysis highlights the significant difference that a focus on processes rather than outcomes of social exclusion can make to our understanding of inequality and social injustice, and locates this difference within an argument that social exclusion’s true applied capabilities for social justice requires a shift to a conceptualisation built on the processes that cause it in the first place. Originality/value Originality/value: The paper acts as a rejoinder to prevailing theoretical and political thinking of the limited and diminishing value of social exclusion for tackling disadvantage. In particular, the paper shows how social exclusion can be conceptualised to provide a critical approach to tackling inequality and social injustice, and in doing so foregrounds the truly applied capabilities of social exclusion for transforming social justice.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2015-08-01T12:40:04Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-05-2014-0040
  • Certifying voluntary living wage employers
    • Authors: Melita Ptashnick, Daniyal Zuberi
      First page: 618
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 35, Issue 9/10, September 2015.
      Purpose Living wage campaigns are popular responses to counter increasing inequality in advanced industrial countries. This study examines how voluntary living wage employer certification engages business in multisectoral coalitions to reduce poverty. Design/methodology/approach We utilize qualitative interviews with 30 members of a living wage employer certification program in Vancouver, Canada as a case study to explore campaign participation by the business community and business case outcomes. Findings Certifying voluntary living wage employers engaged business community members as partners and advocates in a living wage campaign. Certified living wage employers fulfilled business case projections for worker compensation fairness, human resource improvements and corporate branding advantages. Research limitations/implications Our study focused on the early stages of a living wage employer certification program. As the number of living wage certification programs and ordinances grows, future research would benefit from examining how different social policy contexts in other Canadian and international regions affects whether these two avenues support one another or one avenue becomes favoured. Originality/value Most studies of living wage campaigns have not dealt with how voluntary employer certification programs affect campaign participation and outcomes. The approach we adopt in our case takes into account the role of voluntary employer certification programs on campaign participation by the business community and business case outcomes. The study findings are of value to businesses, activists and policy analysts, who engage in or study corporate social responsibility initiatives to facilitate the creation of “good jobs” that provide family sustaining wages and benefits, particularly to lower-tier workers.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2015-08-01T12:40:01Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-09-2014-0070
  • NGOs helping migrants: an Israeli case study of counterculture
    • Authors: Yaffa Moskovich, Adi Binhas
      First page: 635
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 35, Issue 9/10, September 2015.
      Purpose NGOs in the immigration field as a counterculture working simultaneously with and against the establishment Design/methodology/approach Case study approach using interviews and documents analysis. Findings This paper studies the cultural features of three civil associations, interested in promoting social welfare for immigrants. These NGOs challenge the Israeli government when it violates human rights. This conflict takes place in the courts, the Knesset (parliament), governmental agencies, the media, and sometimes in the streets. The three NGOs use a variety of political strategies: both collaborating with governmental agencies, while simultaneously fighting against the government authorities. The cultural features of the immigrant NGOs are primarily left-wing, with socialist principles. The organizational culture of this association can be identified as a counterculture, opposing the dominant Israeli right-wing capitalist culture. Practical implications This research can demonstrate how NGOs can use tactics to achieve a high level of success for the underprivileged population. Originality/value This case study is unusual in that it suggests the NGOs are a sophisticated counterculture, with activists knowing how to operate concurrently with and against official authorities. The duality of the political cultural behavior of the NGOs’ social movement is a notable phenomenon of counterculture in the political arena and expands the definition of counterculture.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2015-08-01T12:40:09Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-11-2014-0109
  • Political participation and commons: the case study of the “Water
           Common Good” referendum
    • Authors: Francesca Belotti
      First page: 649
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 35, Issue 9/10, September 2015.
      Purpose The crisis of confidence in political institutions has become a phenomenon with uniform trends across Europe. Nevertheless, citizens still express interest in politics and are engaged in political and social activities. What are the issues that still motivate them to go to the polls and/or engage in non-institutional forms of political participation? The case study of the Italian referendum in favor of the “Water Common Good” (June 2011) is particularly appropriate to explore these issues and motivations. Design/methodology/approach The article proposes a multidisciplinary common good’s framework focusing on its social and political challenges. As the referendum succeeded also thanks to the rhetorical effectiveness of the “common good” epithet, a survey on 120 Roman citizens who voted in favor of the “Water Common Good” was conducted. The hypothesis was that the referendum success could be associated with social needs to defend strategic resources (“commons”) by actively participating in the deliberations on them. A quantitative non-probabilistic research was carried out face-to-face, through a standardized and semi-structured questionnaire. Findings The main findings refer to the leading role that distrust in political institutions, civil society activism and common good rhetorical effectiveness played. Originality/value The most original contribution of this paper is the explanatory and stipulative definition of common good, which reduces the semantic uncertainty of the concept including common sense meanings. This novel conceptualization has practical implications in policy terms, as it explicates the social need to change the way of conceiving the relationship with strategic resources and decision-making processes concerning them.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2015-08-01T12:40:03Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-10-2014-0093
  • Neoliberal governance in Indonesian universities: the impact upon academic
    • Authors: Nurdiana Gaus, David Hall
      First page: 666
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 35, Issue 9/10, September 2015.
      Purpose This study was aimed at understanding the under life of Indonesian academics during ongoing implementation of government-driven policy enacted in higher education instititutions in Indonesia. The attention was specifically focused on the new program of accountability and quality assurance moderated by the implementation of online assessment system to monitor and evaluate the perfromance of lecturers directly and how this system impacted upon the meaning of academic identity perceived by them. Design/methodology/approach This study was drawn from a qualitative research of case study approach. Semi-structured interviews were utilised to collect data and conducted with thirty academics from three state universities. Findings This study revealed that academics were grappling to balance their schism between keeping their existing identity tenable and excercising new prescribed roles from external environment. However, academics were still able to practice their preceived identity through their principled personal project that legitimate them to become academics and pursue their success rather than use instrumental means. Practical implications The results of this study will be expected to contribute to a better understanding on the dynamics of academics’ world as it is encountered agaisnt government-driven policy, and provide indications for policy makers to take into account this issue in the formulation and enactment of their policy. Originality/value A new aspect of identity in academic profession was found, that is to say religion.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2015-08-01T12:39:55Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-12-2014-0120
  • Weapon of the weak: the hidden transcripts of academics’ resistance
           to policy imperatives in Indonesian universities
    • Authors: Nurdiana Gaus, David Hall
      First page: 683
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 35, Issue 9/10, September 2015.
      Purpose This study examined how academics resisted and accommodated changes towards the reform process in higher education institutions in Indonesia which has introduced market-driven principle of New Public Management and the principle of Neo-Weberian model. Using the theory developed by Scott concerning the resistance patterns by powerless or subordinated groups through ‘weapon of the weak’, this study aimed at mapping the resistance exhibited by Indonesian academics. Design/methodology/approach This study was a case study using semi-structured interviews conducted with 30 academics in three state universities in Indonesia. Findings The results of this study demonstrated that academics in Indonesian universities resisted and accommodated the policy reform using their discursive, unobtrusive tactics of resisting. Research limitations/implications The method of data collection used in this research was based on the interview alone. It would be useful to consider to deploy other forms of data collection such as, observation to allow the building up of strong trusthworthiness of the findings of this research. Practical implications We believed that this study may be useful to give better understandings for policy makers on implementing policies by considering aspects of behaviours of academics as street level bureaucrats in accepting, interpreting, and implementing policy imperatives. These results might also be beneficial for policy makers from other sectors outside higher education in effectuating policy imperatives. Originality/value We argued that, academics actively responded to external pressures which contradicted their own values and beliefs with their unique intellectual strategies by which have been overlooked in the formulation of policy.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2015-08-01T12:39:59Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-11-2014-0095
  • ‘The totality of caring’: conceptualising childcare
           arrangements for empirical research
    • First page: 699
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 35, Issue 9/10, September 2015.
      Purpose This article formulates a conceptually and empirically grounded new understanding of childcare arrangements for cross-national and longitudinal micro-level empirical research by drawing on theoretical discussions about the social, spatial and temporal dimensions of embodied childcare and empirical data in the form of parental narratives from a Romanian qualitative study. Design/methodology/approach The article builds on a critique of an extensive body of empirical literature on the micro-level organisation of childcare and the thematic analysis of in-depth interviews with Romanian parents. The article combines a critical literature review with findings from a qualitative study on childcare. Findings The article formulates a new understanding of household-level childcare arrangements that is context-insensitive, yet reflects the social, spatial and temporal concerns that the organisation of embodied childcare often raises. The article expands on six real-life care arrangements in Romanian households represented as different combinations of care encounters. Research limitations/implications As the article draws on parental narratives from a single country, Romania, the mapping of childcare arrangements in other jurisdictions and/or at different times would strengthen the case for the proposed understanding of care arrangements as a valuable tool to represent, compare and contrast household-level care routines. Originality/value The idea that parents (especially mothers) make work-care decisions in the light of what is best for their child has been widely documented. However, taxonomies of care arrangements have failed to reflect this. The proposed conceptualisation of childcare arrangements addresses this issue by articulating a conceptually coherent approach to developing empirically grounded childcare typologies that ‘travel well’ cross-nationally and over time.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2015-08-01T12:40:07Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-06-2014-0050
  • Loss and (re-)construction of public space in post-Soviet cities
    • Authors: Carola Silvia Neugebauer, Lela Rekhviashvili
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 35, Issue 7/8, July 2015.

      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2015-06-25T08:55:16Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-04-2015-0042
  • Public and communal spaces and their relation to the spatial dynamics of
           ethnic riots
    • Authors: Joldon Kutmanaliev
      Pages: 449 - 477
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 35, Issue 7/8, Page 449-477, July 2015.
      Purpose – This paper is one of the first attempts to explain the local dynamics of the 2010 ethnic riots in Kyrgyzstan. No scholarly work has attempted to systematically analyze the 2010 ethnic violence and its local dynamics on the neighborhood scale. The purpose of this paper is to shed light on this gap by analyzing neighborhoods’ responses to the emerging violence in the city of Osh. In order to do this, the author compares two typical neighborhoods in Osh, one violent and the other non-violent, with different spatial structures and built environments that demonstrate/represent similar dynamics of riots in many other neighborhoods. Design/methodology/approach – The empirical findings of this paper are based on the ethnographic fieldwork the author carried out in 2010 and between 2012 and 2014. During nine months (in total) of the author’s ethnographic fieldwork, the author conducted around 60 semi-structured interviews in Osh city mainly with community leaders. In the author’s interview sampling, the author used two approaches: the snowball method and geographically/territorially representative sampling. Findings – The author argues that among other factors, a particular type of public space provides favorable conditions for riot occurrence or non-occurrence. For example, in Osh, such places as areas around the central bazaar and densely populated multi-story building complexes were especially riot-prone. By contrast, residential areas with individual-unit houses and low residential mobility represented communally private spaces with more easy riot-control. In addition, some residential areas implemented strategies such as physical self-isolation to avoid violence. By restricting freedom of movement and erecting improvised barricades, the residents of such neighborhoods created a temporally new space with its own rules and interethnic cooperation. Originality/value – This paper suggests new insights in the analysis of riots by connecting theoretical categories and concepts of space provided by scholars of contentious politics and applying them to the case of the 2010 ethnic riots in Osh city. By analyzing riot dynamics on the neighborhood scale, this research contributes to the understanding of the spatial dynamics of ethnic riots.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2015-06-25T08:55:09Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-02-2015-0027
  • Marketization and the public-private divide
    • Authors: Lela Rekhviashvili
      Pages: 478 - 496
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 35, Issue 7/8, Page 478-496, July 2015.
      Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to critically examine the reasons behind a decade long contestations between the Georgian government and the petty traders over the access to the public space for commercial use. Design/methodology/approach – The paper relies on the repeated ethnographic fieldwork conducted in Tbilisi in 2012 and 2013. The ethnographic interviews with legally operating traders and illegal street vendors are supplemented by the in-depth interviews with the representatives of the city government and secondary literature on Georgia’s post-revolutionary transformation. Findings – Bridging the critical literature on the politics of the public space with Polanyi’s theory on commodification of fictitious commodities as a precondition of establishment of a market economy, the author argues that for the Georgian government control of the public space was necessary to pursue neoliberal marketisation policies. These policies required removal of the petty traders from public spaces because the state needed to restrict access to public space and limit its commercial usage to delineate public and private property and allow commodification of the urban land and property. As the commodification intensified and the rent prices started growing and fluctuating, the access to the public space became even more valuable for the petty traders. Therefore, the traders developed subversive tactics undermining the division between public and private space and property. Originality/value – The paper demonstrates the importance of enforcing the public-private divide in the process of establishing a market economy in transitional settings. Moreover, it illustrates little discussed social costs of establishing such a divide.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2015-06-25T08:55:02Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-10-2014-0091
  • Davabirzhaot! Conflicting claims on public space in Tbilisi between
           transparency and opaqueness
    • Authors: Costanza Curro
      Pages: 497 - 512
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 35, Issue 7/8, Page 497-512, July 2015.
      Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to investigate the form of young male socialisation referred to as birzha, in its relation to public space in Georgia. Birzha defines a group of young men who meet regularly in urban open spaces in Tbilisi’s neighbourhoods. Partly considered as the initial step of a criminal career, belonging to birzha is a mark of identification with one’s local group. The contested nature of public space is illustrated by the conflicting relation between birzha’s bottom-up use of public space and top-down projects of urban renovation sought by Saakashvili’s government. Design/methodology/approach – Drawing upon literary and media sources, and analysing fieldwork data collected in 2008-2009 and 2014, this study explores how the announced (re)construction of public space under Saakashvili resulted in institutional interventions from above which curtailed public space’s accessibility. Findings – The present analysis points out contradictions in Saakashvili’s government’s political narrative on public space. In the institutional focus on a future of order, transparency, and democracy, birzha is an insistent reminder of an informal and corrupted past. Banned from futuristic projections of the public space, in the present birzha is annihilated by state repression, enforced in opaque zones out of public sight. Originality/value – Focusing on a largely overlooked phenomenon in social science research, the paper highlights the ways in which conflicting approaches to public space affect the relation between political institutions and citizens. Delving into ambivalent public/private divides in post-socialist societies, the study of Georgian birzha offers an original angle for investigating the contestation of urban public space in relation to political legitimacy and transparency.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2015-06-25T08:54:51Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-12-2014-0122
  • Intimacy and exposure – the Armenian “tun” and
           Yerevan’s public space
    • Authors: Susanne Helma Christiane Fehlings
      Pages: 513 - 532
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 35, Issue 7/8, Page 513-532, July 2015.
      Purpose – In contrast to the dominant accounts in post-Soviet studies that see public and private as two spheres existing in parallel, the purpose of this paper is to argue that in Armenia the public-private dichotomy can be better understood as a spectrum of different kinds of interactions between the state and private actors/social groups representing different sets of socio-cultural values, which are mirrored in Yerevan’s city planning and housing. Design/methodology/approach – The data derives from long-term ethnographic fieldwork in Yerevan. To analyse the data set the author used methods common in social and cultural anthropology. The theoretical background derives from urban anthropology (Liu), theories on housing (Carsten and Hugh-Jones), the anthropology of values (Dumont), and the anthropology of states (Herzfeld) linked to the debate on modernity. Findings – The author demonstrates that basic cultural concepts, norms, expectations, rules, beliefs, and values currently take effect on both sides (public and private/state and people), and that personal networks in Armenia are no longer used to trick an alien state, but also used by the state elites to gain advantage. The degree of intimacy of social relations thereby structures urban space and behaviour. Originality/value – The paper looks at the public-private dichotomy in post-Soviet states from a new perspective, which is inspired by the anthropology of (socio-cultural) values, and argues that cultural intimacy (Herzfeld) is – simultaneously – a unifying and a separating fact in the relationship of states and people.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2015-06-25T08:55:25Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-02-2015-0028
  • Rhythms of being together: public space in Urban Tajikistan through the
           lens of rhythmanalysis
    • Authors: Wladimir Sgibnev
      Pages: 533 - 549
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 35, Issue 7/8, Page 533-549, July 2015.
      Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to identify, describe and critically assess public space in the Central Asian republic of Tajikistan, recurring to Henri Lefebvre’s concept of rhythmanalysis. Design/Methodology/Approach – The empirical findings are based on ethnographic fieldwork on a courtyard in a housing estate in Khujand in northern Tajikistan. Findings – The paper argues that an analytic dichotomy between the private and the public realm conceals more than it reveals, for the Central Asian case at least. The rhythmanalysis framework is presented as a possible solution to the deficiencies of dichotomic categories. Originality/value – Even if we find a series of scholarly works dealing with (post-)Soviet and/or Central Asian public spaces, they very scarcely provide a critical assessment of the roots and the usefulness of this concept for the regional setting they work in. The paper strives to close this gap and to present Henri Lefebvre’s rhythmanalysis framework as a possible solution for overcoming dichotomic categories.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2015-06-25T08:54:54Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-11-2014-0097
  • The right to live in the city
    • Authors: Melanie Krebs
      Pages: 550 - 564
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 35, Issue 7/8, Page 550-564, July 2015.
      Purpose – Moral values and behavioural codes that governed the urban life and the appropriation of urban spaces changed significantly in Baku over the last two decades leading to conflicts over the right behaviour in the city and about the question who has the right to set the rules in public spaces. The purpose of this paper is to explore the current political as well as social rules that govern the public spaces in Baku and how they are discussed in order that the city should appear “European” in contrast to “oriental”. Design/methodology/approach – The author focuses on everyday practices of people acting in the public sphere, how they use the space and which discussions emerge around different behaviour in public places. The paper is based on observations and interviews the author made between August 2010 and May 2012. Findings – The paper shows new ways of appropriation of public space and dealing with social as well as official control. Originality/value – The paper presents new research on a quickly changing post-Soviet city.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2015-06-25T08:55:12Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-10-2014-0088
  • Struggle over public space: grassroots movements in Moscow and Vilnius
    • Pages: 565 - 580
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 35, Issue 7/8, Page 565-580, July 2015.
      Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore urban mobilisation patterns in two post-Soviet cities: Vilnius and Moscow. Both cities were subject to similar housing and urban policy during Soviet times, and they have implemented urban development using neoliberal market principles, provoking grassroots opposition from citizens to privatisation and marketisation of their housing environment and local public space. However, the differing conditions of democratic Lithuanian and authoritarian Russian public governance offer different opportunities and set different constraints for neighbourhood mobilisation. The purpose is to contrast local community mobilisations under the two regimes and highlight the differences between and similarities in the activists’ repertoires of actions in two distinct political and economic urban settings. Design/methodology/approach – The paper employs qualitative methodology using data from semi-structured interviews conducted with community activists and state officials, presented using a comparative case study design. Findings – Although, citizens’ mobilisations in the two cities are reactions to the neoliberalisation of housing and local public space, they take different forms. In Vilnius they are institutionalised and receive formal support from national and local authorities. Moreover, support from the EU encourages organisational development and provides material and cognitive resources for grassroots urban mobilisations. In contrast, residents’ mobilisations in Moscow are informal and face fierce opposition from local authorities. However, even in an authoritarian setting, grassroots mobilisations evolve using creative strategies to circumvent institutional constraints. Originality/value – Little attention has been paid to grassroots urban mobilisations in post-Soviet cities. There is also a lack of comparative attempts to show variation in post-Soviet urban activism related to housing and local public space.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2015-06-25T08:54:59Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-01-2015-0002
  • Does migration make financial sense? The case of domestic workers from
           Vietnam to Taiwan
    • Authors: Nguyen Quynh Phuong, Sundar Venkatesh
      First page: 722
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 35, Issue 11/12, October 2015.
      Purpose Adopting a view that migration is an investment, the purpose of this paper is to investigate the risk adjusted returns that migrant domestic workers from Vietnam to Taiwan can expect to earn. Design/methodology/approach The study analyses data obtained though interviews of a sample of migrant domestic workers, all from Phu Tho in the north of Vietnam, who had migrated to Taiwan. Findings The study found that migrants were driven strongly by financial motivations. Analysis of the typical costs of migrating, wages in the host country, average length of stay and, especially, uncertainties affecting the length of stay, found that the investment in migration is a highly risky one for migrants. In most cases, migration does not pay. Research limitations/implications Estimates of costs and benefits can be improved with larger samples of respondents and data sources that can help validate the interviews. Practical implications There is a need to improve financial literacy among migrants to help them better assess their investment in migration. Originality/value To our knowledge, there is no research of the financial costs and benefits of migration as domestic workers, especially from Vietnam to Taiwan.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2015-08-20T11:22:16Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-10-2014-0080
  • Social capital and job search behaviour of long-term welfare recipients
    • Authors: Inge Varekamp, Trudie Knijn, Martin van der Gaag, Peter Bos
      First page: 738
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 35, Issue 11/12, October 2015.
      Purpose Long-term welfare recipients in the Netherlands are either long-term unemployed or part-time employed in jobs that generate incomes below the subsistence level. The question is whether reintegration policies aiming at their return to - a fulltime - job should consider individual social network factors besides psychological and human capital factors. This study investigates welfare recipients’ job search behaviour, in particular how individual social capital is distributed, and whether it is related to job search activities. Design/methodology/approach Standardised and structured interviews were conducted with 189 long-term unemployed welfare recipients. An adapted version of the Resource Generator instrument was used to measure individual access to social capital. Findings Social capital scales measuring Domestic social resources, Status-related social resources, Expert advice on regulations and financial matters, and Advice on finding a job were developed and psychometrically tested. Status-related social resources were more easily accessible to men and higher educated persons. Advice on finding a job was more easily accessible to recently unemployed individuals. Domestic social resources were less accessible to ethnic minorities. Persons with more social capital, specifically Status-related social resources and Advice in finding a job, showed more active job search behaviour. Originality/value This study addresses the instrumental functions of the social network by multidimensionally scrutinising the resources that social relationships provide access to.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2015-08-20T11:22:14Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-10-2014-0092
  • Acting on welfare state retrenchment. In-between the private and the
    • Authors: Mathias Herup Nielsen
      First page: 756
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 35, Issue 11/12, October 2015.
      Purpose To demonstrate an unexploited conceptual pragmatic sociological framework for analyses of action strategies among social assistance recipients, who are affected by contemporary politics of retrenchment. Design/methodology/approach Noting that existing literature on resistance and coping is mostly concerned with either collective public resistance or sub-public individualized coping strategies, the article turns to theoretical insights from newer French pragmatic sociologist Laurent Thévenot, enabling the researcher to dissolve the stark boundaries between private/public and coping/resistance. The use of the concepts is demonstrated through a case study analysis of the various actions of Danish social assistance recipients, who were recently affected by a harsh workfare initiative. Findings The empirical demonstration points to a plurality of individualized strategies of action, taken on by the affected social assistance recipients. Thereby it points to some advantages of the proposed framework, as it makes visible the versatility of the contemporary 'welfare client', as he or she dynamically changes the scope of action and moves between the private and the public and between coping and resistance. Originality/value The article applies hitherto unexploited concepts from French pragmatic sociology to strategies of action among welfare recipients in times of welfare retrenchment.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2015-08-20T11:22:19Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-11-2014-0105
  • Culture, religion and social capital: evidence from European regions
    • Authors: Anneli Kaasa
      First page: 772
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 35, Issue 11/12, October 2015.
      Purpose Purpose - This exploratory study investigates the possible relationship of religion and culture with the social capital in a particular region. Design/methodology/approach Design/methodology/approach - The data of 85 regions from 26 European countries are analysed. Regression analysis is used for analysing cultural dimensions, religion-related aspects and the communist past as possible factors of social capital components. In addition, graphic analysis is used for the generalisation of the results. Findings Findings - The results from both the regression and graphic analyses indicate that cultural dimensions capture the possible reasons for different levels of social capital better than religion-related aspects or the division according to the communist background. Research limitations/implications Research limitations/implications - Conclusions can be drawn only for the European regions analysed. Data were not available for regions in all European countries and including control variables was limited by the data availability. Practical implications Practical Implications - When intending to develop policies for increasing social capital, the culture of a particular region should be assessed in order to predict the success of the policies. Originality/value Originality/value - The novelty of this study lies in including cultural dimensions based on Hofstede’s concept to the set of possible factors determining the level of social capital in a region.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2015-08-20T11:22:15Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-11-2014-0110
  • Exploratory insights into the financial habits of CALD migrants: a case
           study of first and second wave Vietnamese migrants
    • Authors: Riccardo Natoli
      First page: 795
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 35, Issue 11/12, October 2015.
      Purpose The main purpose of this paper is to explore the financial habits and experience of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) migrants via a case study of first and second wave migrants from the Vietnamese community in Australia. Design/methodology/approach This paper utilises a qualitative approach through semi-structured interviews. A thematic analysis was adopted when coding the interview data which led to the emergence of identified themes related to financial habits and experience. Findings The findings reveal that first and second wave migrants shared similar views on seeking professional financial advice, but not on the use of community based financial schemes. When asked about the potential benefits of attending financial education workshops to inform themselves of financial services, most were unwilling to attend. Research limitations/implications Although the research targets first and second wave Vietnamese CALD migrants, no claims can be made regarding the representation of CALD migrants as a whole. The research has implications with respect to the perceived necessity of CALD migrants to utilise mainstream financial services. This paper provides recommendations for future research in this area. Originality/value The paper provides one of the few studies of an Australian CALD migrant cohort with respect to financial habits. The paper also provides an understanding of the cultural barriers and challenges facing this specific cohort of the Vietnamese community in Australia with respect to potentially accessing financial services.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2015-08-20T11:22:18Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-12-2014-0118
  • Happy ever after in the quasi-market place? The dowry logic of active
           labour policy in the Lombardy Region
    • Authors: Stefania Sabatinelli, Matteo Villa
      First page: 812
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 35, Issue 11/12, October 2015.
      Purpose The dote system is the most recent and only way to finance and deliver services in the training and labour policy field in Lombardy (Italy), strengthening the regional quasi-market approach. This article analyses its logic and highlights the implications for the policy system. Design/methodology/approach Qualitative case-study including preliminary documentation, analysis of administrative data, in-depth interviews with stakeholders and practitioners. Findings The dote system is based on a strongly pre-structured and pure performance logic. It predefines forms, ways and steps towards people’s 'autonomy', further categorising the policy system and establishing a combination of individualisation without personalisation. The strict regulation makes it difficult to design accessible, high-quality and tailor-made interventions. Dote could represent an interesting innovation for high profile measures, but as a universal equivalent it often fails to match the needs of people and the labour market. Research limitations/implications The self-funded research is limited to a regional context, analysed against the background of European welfare transformations. Greater effort in qualitative research could improve our knowledge about the implications of NPM and quasi-markets. Practical implications Regional centralism is strengthened; local authorities and private bodies are excluded from planning; freedom of choice is limited. A marriage of convenience between providers and users increases the level of stress and the dispersion of resources. Originality/value Dote is a particular experiment in the panorama of activation. It works in a unique way, impacting on governance and activation modes. The paper is addressed to researchers, practitioners and policy makers interested in gaining better understanding of the implications of quasi-markets and NPM.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2015-08-20T11:22:15Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-11-2014-0114
  • A tale of reverse deviance: non-compliant spatial practices in the land of
    • Authors: Mario Trifuoggi
      First page: 828
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 35, Issue 11/12, October 2015.
      Purpose Being territoriality a distinctive feature of mafia groups, this paper studies how the production of space contributes to the reproduction of such organisations by reinforcing their norms and values. Design/methodology/approach The paper provides an ethnographic account of the regeneration of space for the establishment of legal worker cooperatives in previous mafia territories. It aims to illuminate, by contrast, how space reflects the social construction of the mafia governance. Findings The account of non-compliant spatial practices of legal worker cooperatives in the area of Caserta (aka Gomorrah) elucidates how mafia groups set great value on space, making sense of the societal dimension of territoriality for Italian organised crime. Research limitations/implications Compared to the current literature, this paper explores the link between space and organised crime not only in ecological terms but also in cultural ones. Furthermore, it suggests an alternative methodology for accessing the unspoken of the mafia phenomenon. Practical implications The account of the reterritorialisation process provided in this paper raises several policy implications for the fight against the mafia. Originality/value The paper focuses on territoriality for a more comprehensive understanding of the mafia phenomenon, attempting to conciliate the idiosyncratic aspects of Italian criminal networks with a more general framework of analysis for the study of organised crime. It also bridges between the organised crime topic and the sociology of space.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2015-08-20T11:22:13Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-10-2014-0076
  • Population ageing and economic growth in Japan
    • Authors: Mikiko Oliver
      First page: 841
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 35, Issue 11/12, October 2015.
      Purpose This study aims to determine how population ageing is related to economic growth as measured by real GDP per capita in Japan. This study addresses the following questions: 1) How is population composition by age group related to economic change? 2) How is the dependency ratio related to economic change? and 3) What are the predictions for economic growth in the future? This study answers these questions in relation to Japan. Design/methodology/approach Regression methods were applied to single-country data for the period 1975–2011. Findings This study finds that an increase in the 70–74 population age group is associated with a decrease in economic growth, while an increase in the 75 and over population age group is associated with an increase in economic growth in Japan. Research limitations/implications The relationships that were found in this study do not imply causation from demographic change to economic change. Practical implications One potential way of promoting sustainable economic growth under conditions of population ageing is to devise a comprehensive policy that focuses on demographic factors. Originality/value This study analyses population ageing and economic growth in Japan using single-country data by applying regression methods.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2015-08-20T11:22:12Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-02-2015-0018
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