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Formation emploi     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
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Future Times     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Genocide Studies and Prevention     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Genocide Studies International     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Géographie et cultures     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
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: 16)
Graduate Journal of Social Science     Open Access   (Followers: 2)

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Journal Cover International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
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  • A study of academic performance by immigrant generation with an emphasis
           on the black immigrant experience
    • Authors: Denise N Obinna
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 36, Issue 1/2, March 2016.
      Purpose Instead of identifying them as a single monolithic group, this paper evaluates whether the academic performance of black immigrants differs from African Americans as well as Asian and Hispanic students of comparable immigrant generation. By identifying how well black immigrant students perform on standardized tests, grade point averages and college enrollment, this study proposes a more comprehensive look into this growing immigrant group. Design/methodology/approach The research uses a data from the Educational Longitudinal Survey (ELS:2002) of high school sophomores conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Data used in this study are from the baseline survey in 2002 and the second follow-up in 2006 when most students had graduated from high school. The methodology includes OLS, binary and ordered logistic regression models. Findings The study finds that this study finds that while second generation blacks outperform the native born generation on standardized tests, this does not extend to grade point averages or college enrollment. In fact, it appears that only second generation Hispanic students have an advantage over their native born counterparts on grade point averages and standardized tests. Furthermore, first and second generation Asian immigrants do not show a higher likelihood of enrolling in college than their native-born counterparts nor do they report higher grade point averages Originality/value This paper sheds light on a growing yet understudied immigrant population as well as drawing comparisons to other immigrant groups of comparable generation.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2016-02-02T12:40:18Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-02-2015-0026
  • Mothers’ non-standard working schedules and family time: enhancing
           regularity and togetherness
    • Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 36, Issue 1/2, March 2016.
      Purpose To investigate Finnish working mothers’ experiences of the effects of non-standard working schedules (NSWS) on family time in two family forms, coupled and lone-parent families. Furthermore the aim was to find out what meanings mothers with NSWS attached to family time paying particular attention to the circumstances in which mothers experienced NSWS positively. Design/methodology/approach Thematic analysis of 20 semi-structured interviews was used to investigate mothers’ experiences of the effects of NSWS on family time. Findings The key factor generating positive experiences was the ability to maintain regularity and togetherness, which was enhanced by specific features of work, such as autonomy and regularity, and successful child care arrangements. Also important were the values mothers associated with family time. The results highlighted the more problematic situation of lone parent families. Research limitations/implications The main limitation of this study was the small sample size. Practical implications The findings show how the parents of small children benefit from the regularity and flexibility in their working hours. Owing to irregular and varying working times, flexible around-the-clock childcare is needed. In Finland, an important question is how to organize the care of small school-aged children. Lone mothers, especially, may need services to help with domestic chores and childcare. Originality/value This study adds to the literature by explaining more in depth, through the richness of qualitative data, the circumstances in which mothers experience NSWS positively.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2016-02-02T12:40:17Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-02-2015-0022
  • When workfare fails: post-crisis activation reform in the Czech Republic
    • Authors: Tomas Sirovatka
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 36, Issue 1/2, March 2016.
      Purpose The paper analyses Czech activation reforms enacted since 2006 which culminated in 2010-2012 as radical workfare like reforms. It also aims to explain which factors have influenced their development. Design/methodology/approach The paper is the case study of activation reforms in one country interpreted within the theoretical framework of the ‘activation models’ and discussion of the factors influencing activation reforms. The design and implementation of the reforms of activation policies are in focus. Institutional analysis is combined with secondary statistical data and survey data. Findings We distinguish three phases of the activation reforms: the initial phase of activation (work first), the radical phase (workfare) and the failure of radical workfare as the final phase. Our key argument is that the main factors leading to the radical workfare version of activation were the political factors combined with institutional factors, particularly, the specific model of policy-making (the so-called ‘compost model’). Ironically, this model which has enabled fast and radical workfare like reforms was also the main reason why the reforms failed. Originality/value The paper is innovative since it explains the specific features of the activation reforms in the Czech Republic, distinguishing workfare from other models of activation, and identifying the factors which have played a role in shaping these features. The in-depth case study of one country provides the evidence on the role of the specific factors and helps us to understand the motives, the design and the implementation of activation reforms in their mutual relationships. The specific role of the institutional legacy in the new circumstances is emphasized.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2016-02-02T12:40:13Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-01-2015-0001
  • Mothers’ non-standard working and childcare-related challenges: a
           comparison between lone and coupled mothers
    • Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 36, Issue 1/2, March 2016.
      Purpose This paper, with a particular focus on lone-mother families, compares the childcare-related challenges experienced by working lone mothers and coupled mothers in three European countries in the context of a 24/7 economy and non-standard working hours (e.g., evening, night and weekend work). Design/methodology/approach This study utilises survey data from Finnish, Dutch and British working mothers (N = 1,106) collected as part of the ‘Families 24/7’ research project. Multivariate regression analysis is used to analyse the associations between childcare-related challenges, maternal non-standard working, lone motherhood and country of residence. Findings The results indicated similar results across the three countries by showing that working lone mothers experience childcare-related challenges more often compared with coupled mothers. Furthermore, an increase in maternal non-standard working associated positively with increased childcare-related challenges in both lone-mother and coupled families but lone motherhood did not moderate this association. Our findings suggest that, regardless of family form, families in all three countries struggle with childcare arrangements when the mother works during non-standard hours. This possibly relates to the inadequate provision of state-subsidised and flexible formal childcare during non-standard hours and to the country-specific maternal work hours cultures. Originality/value This study responds to the need for comparative research on the reconciliation of maternal non-standard working and childcare with self-collected data from three European welfare states. The importance of the study is further highlighted by the risks posed to the maintenance of maternal employment and family wellbeing when reconciliation of work and childcare is unsuccessful, especially in lone-mother families.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2016-02-02T12:40:12Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-11-2014-0094
  • The meanings of work in a public work scheme in South Africa
    • Authors: Anne Hilda Wiltshire
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 36, Issue 1/2, March 2016.
      Purpose This paper aims to link theories on the meaning of work with the meanings participants in a public work scheme attribute to work, in a context of high national and local unemployment and precarious employment. Design/methodology/approach This study followed a qualitative strategy to allow participants to express their own meanings of work through a work-life history approach. Findings from eight interviews are substantiated by two focus groups and thematically analysed. Findings Analysis of the findings revealed a high correlation with Kaplan and Tausky’s typology of the meanings of work (1974). The implication of this grounded approach is that this study expands the typology from six to eight factors. In this manner, work in a public work scheme not only has meaning as an economic activity, a structured routine, intrinsic satisfaction, interpersonal experiences, social status and a morally correct activity, but is also gendered and an opportunity for training. Originality/value Apart from expanding Kaplan and Tausky’s typology on the meanings of work (1974), this study highlights the added-value of public work schemes, in that, by providing the unemployed with the opportunity to work, they also improve their quality of life in a number of aspects.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2016-02-02T12:40:11Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-02-2015-0014
  • Policy suggestions for combating domestic violence in West Africa
    • Authors: Paul Alhassan Issahaku
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 36, Issue 1/2, March 2016.
      Purpose This paper assesses West African countries’ approach to address the issue of domestic violence in order to identify limitations and suggest policy measures. The paper situates domestic violence in West Africa in the context of international literature and examines the question: what are the limitations of approaches to combating domestic violence in West Africa and what is the way forward? The paper focuses on Ghana as a case example of efforts at addressing domestic violence in West Africa. This is because Ghana is a pioneer among the very few West African countries that have developed a legislative cum policy framework to combat domestic violence. A critical review of Ghana’s approach provides useful lessons for the way forward on policy against domestic violence in the West Africa subregion Design/methodology/approach The methodology adopted consists of a survey of existing literature – theoretical and empirical – on domestic violence in the international and Ghanaian contexts, a critical reflection on Ghana’s domestic violence law, and synthesis of the emerging knowledge combined with familiarity with the context to make policy suggestions. A general review of literature on domestic violence provides background understanding of the phenomenon globally and in the context of West Africa. Then an examination of Ghana’s law against domestic violence helps to identify the limitations of the legislative approach. Finally, the paper makes suggestions on how to combat domestic violence in West Africa at large. Findings There is a high prevalence of domestic violence in West Africa, particularly violence against women, although men also experience it. Some countries in the subregion, Ghana being an example, have adopted a legislative approach to deal with the problem. This approach criminalizes domestic violence and requires victims or witnesses to report to the police. Perpetrators may be arrested and arraigned before a court and, if found culpable, fined or imprisoned while victims are promised protection and subsistence. The legislative approach is reactionary and cold, requiring reporting of violence even though this is not culturally expedient. The approach also frustrates victims who are willing to report by being cumbersome and costly. Finally, the approach is not built on any notable theory of domestic violence. Research limitations/implications The findings reported in this paper are based on secondary information. As a result, the analysis and conclusions are limited to what could be drawn from the documents reviewed and the experience of the author. Practical implications The paper suggests specific measures for combating domestic violence in West Africa. These include setting up a national taskforce on domestic violence to coordinate actions and activities toward ending violence, using traditional and religious leadership structures to campaign against domestic violence, designing mentoring groups for men and women who are preparing to get into marriage, using social workers instead of the police to support victims of violence, institutionalizing assessment and care for domestic violence victims at the hospital, and setting up funding for domestic violence research. These measures could go a long way in combating domestic violence in West Africa. Originality/value This critical assessment of the legislative approach to combating domestic violence in West Africa is about the first of its kind and therefore makes an original contribution to the literature. Also, the specific measures suggested in the paper are rare in reviews of its kind and therefore offers something of great value to policy makers and professionals in West Africa.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2016-02-02T12:40:10Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-03-2015-0033
  • Economic repercussions of marital infidelity
    • Authors: Elizabeth Crouch, Lori Dickes
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 36, Issue 1/2, March 2016.
      Purpose Numerous scholars have studied the propensity and related determinants of marital infidelity across socioeconomic and demographic groups. However, the broader social and economic consequences of infidelity remain an unexplored question, particularly the macroeconomic consequences from the individual impacts on families and households. Design/methodology/approach Using income data from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the purpose of this article is two fold: first, to analyze the relationship between the probability of infidelity and income and second, to quantify the cost of marital infidelity on individual families and taxpayers. The results confirm that infidelity makes individual households poorer, but goes further to reveal widespread negative externalities that fall to taxpayers from the consequences of family fragmentation. Findings The results of this study indicate a review of government policy since numerous government policies contradict the incentive to stay married, Future research should consider additional estimations of the full range of costs related to infidelity and family fragmentation with particular focus on the public programs that may absorb the brunt of the negative externalities resulting from divorce. Research limitations/implications This research confirms earlier research that infidelity has a high probability of causing divorce. Combined with this research, our analysis confirms a statistically significant negative relationship between infidelity and income and that when infidelity causes divorce, the results are substantial public economic and social costs. By definition public economic and social costs are borne by society, resulting in increased taxpayer burdens for society at large. Practical implications Previously, the consequences of infidelity were a largely unexplored question. There had been some work on the probability of infidelity but little beyond this. Further, there had been minimal literature on the social efficiency of infidelity, especially research focusing on the external costs imposed on third parties such as children and taxpayers (Smith, 2012). This work took earlier research further by first confirming the negative impact on household income based on the probability of infidelity. Additionally, this is the only study that has examined the economic consequences of divorce due to infidelity. This research confirms that the presence of infidelity, especially when it leads to divorce, results in substantial economic and social externalities resulting from family fragmentation. Future research would benefit from a more in depth understanding of the characteristics that relate to the increased probability of infidelity, separate from and in conjunction with divorce. Furthermore, examining costs as they relate to specific programs, like TANF, may clarify the impact of family fragmentation on specific programs. Additionally, the results from this study can be incorporated into larger sets of findings focusing on government policy to better understand the full range of social implications from infidelity. Originality/value This work took earlier research further by first confirming the negative impact on household income based on the probability of infidelity. Additionally, this is the only study that has examined the economic consequences of divorce due to infidelity. This research confirms that the presence of infidelity, especially when it leads to divorce, results in substantial economic and social externalities resulting from family fragmentation.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2016-02-02T12:40:09Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-03-2015-0032
  • Looking for an emergency door: the access to social services between
           informational asymmetries and sensegiving processes
    • Authors: Paolo Rossi
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 36, Issue 1/2, March 2016.
      Purpose The article investigates the role of information asymmetries and sensegiving processes of citizens claiming for social services. The purpose of the article is to highlight the relevance of applicants’ agency, since it has been generally neglected in the analysis of social services provision. On the contrary, the article proposes an alternative view, considering applicants as actors who are able to develop dialectic strategies for claiming specific forms of social assistance. Design/methodology/approach The article is based on a qualitative research, conducted following an inductive approach. The data have been collected in three different Italian municipalities, where the researcher has been the opportunity to perform a period of observation of the interviews between the social workers of the local social services department and the citizens applying for social assistance. Findings The findings of the research point out that informational asymmetries play an ambivalent role in the definition of applicant’s strategies, since they represent an ambivalent and dynamic factor, rather than a mere source of disadvantage for the user. From this viewpoint, the citizens’ possibilities to access to social assistance are shaped by both institutional and dialectic factors: on the one hand, access to social assistance relies on specific criteria of eligibility (institutionally defined), but on the other hand the access is the outcome of situated sensegiving processes, performed by both the applicants and the gatekeepers of social services during their encounters. Research limitations/implications The research is based on the analysis of a small number of cases, within a context that is characterized by a high level of organizational and professional discretion in the regulation of the provision of social assistance. Practical implications The findings of the research urge policy maker to re-consider applicants as strategic actors and opens the space for the development of new options of regulation of the delivery of social services. Originality/value The paper challenges some of the most taken-for-granted theoretical assumptions in the analysis of the regulation of the access to social assistance. Firstly, it proposes a dynamic interpretation of the notion of informational asymmetries, considering them as a space for action, rather than a binding factor; secondly, it emphasizes the relevance of user’s agency in the access to welfare services, that is generally neglected since most analyses focus on professional discretion disregarding the hypothesis of the user as a strategic actor.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2016-02-02T12:39:59Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-12-2014-0121
  • 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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