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Cuadernos de la Facultad de Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales - Universidad Nacional de Jujuy     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
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Distinktion : Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
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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: 7)
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Eastern Africa Social Science Research Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
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Education, Business and Society : Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues     Hybrid Journal  
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Electoral Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
Electronic Journal of Radical Organisation Theory     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
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Enseñanza de las Ciencias Sociales     Open Access  
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European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies - Revista Europea de Estudios Latinoamericanos y del Caribe     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
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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  
Future Times     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Genocide Studies and Prevention     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
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Global Journal of Social Sciences     Full-text available via subscription  
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Graduate Journal of Social Science     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
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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)
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  
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: 12)
IDS Bulletin     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
IEEE Transactions on Computational Social Systems     Full-text available via subscription  
Illness, Crisis, & Loss     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Immigrants & Minorities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Impact     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Inkanyiso : Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences     Open Access  
InPsych : The Bulletin of the Australian Psychological Society Ltd     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)

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  • Cherry picking: how sensitive is the relationship between inequality and
           social problems to country samples'
    • Authors: Heikki Hiilamo et al
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 34, Issue 11/12, September 2014. Purpose In their income inequality theory (IIT), Wilkinson & Pickett (2009) posit that income inequality is at the heart of social ‘ills’. However, their critics argue that the hypothesis is biased and that “cherry picking” is used and support for the IIT is obtained by selecting a suitable sample of countries. Design/methodology/approach With a sample of 127 countries, we study to what extent the correlation between income inequality and social ‘ills’ varies among countries sampled by geography, religion and income level. Findings The results of our analysis show that the strength and sometimes the direction of connections between inequality and social ‘ills’ vary according to countries’ cultural background and historical legacies. The IIT is not a universal law. However, it is on a firmer footing than competing explanations. Originality/value The results contribute both to material and methodological debate on consequences of income inequality.
      PubDate: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 02:16:16 GMT
  • A methodological framework for ascertaining the social capital of
           environmental community organisations in urban Australia
    • Authors: Subas P Dhakal et al
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 34, Issue 11/12, September 2014. Purpose The purpose of this paper is to ascertain the level of social capital in environmental community organisations (ECOs) in Perth, Western Australia. On a general level, social capital in ECOs is understood as intra-organisational and inter-organisational relationships that organisations maintain through interactions. Design/methodology/approach This paper utilises quantitative (i.e. survey) as well as qualitative (i.e. interviews) approaches to data collection and analysis. It a) proposes a methodological framework to measure the level of social capital, and b) explores the association between the ascertained level of social capital and organisational capabilities. Findings The results of the survey and interviews reveal that while the level of social capital is needs-based, maintaining a higher intensity of organisational relationships puts ECOs in a better position to do more with less. Research limitations/implications The findings advance the task of ascertaining the level of social capital in ECOs from organisational interactions perspective. Originality/value This paper captures a community organisation-specific methodological framework to measure and analyse social capital.
      PubDate: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 23:54:27 GMT
  • Street-level bureaucrats’ attitudes towards the Finnish Labour
           Market Allowance
    • Authors: Johanna Kallio et al
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 34, Issue 11/12, September 2014. Purpose The purpose of this paper is to examine the attitudes of street-level bureaucrats from different agencies and sectors of the Finnish welfare state, namely municipal social workers, diaconal workers of the Lutheran church, benefit officials of the Social Security Institution and officials of private unemployment funds. Design/methodology/approach We are interested in the following questions: What are the attitudes of street-level bureaucrats towards the labour market allowance' What is the impact of individual characteristics' The study utilised the unique national survey data of different groups of street-level bureaucrats from the year 2011 (total N= 2313). Our dependent variables focus on legitimacy of the basic level of labour market allowance and sanction policies. Analyses are built around five independent variables which measure professional, personal interest and ideological factors. Findings There are differences both between and within groups of Finnish street-level bureaucrats with regard to their attitudes concerning the labour market allowance. Social and diaconal workers believe more often than officials that the level of labour market allowance is too low, and offer less support for the idea that an unemployed person should take any job that is offered or have their unemployment security reduced. The results show that the attitudes of bureaucrats are explained by length of work history, economic situation, and ideological factors. Originality/value There have been very few analyses comparing attitudes among different groups of bureaucrats. The present study is intended to fill this gap in the literature.
      PubDate: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 23:54:27 GMT
  • Marginalized by race and place: a multilevel analysis of occupational sex
           segregation in post-apartheid South Africa
    • Authors: Sangeeta Parashar et al
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 34, Issue 11/12, September 2014. Purpose Given South Africa’s apartheid history, studies have primarily focused on racial discrimination in employment outcomes, with lesser attention paid to gender and context. This paper fills an important gap by examining the combined effect of macro- and micro-level factors on occupational sex segregation in post-apartheid South Africa. Intersections by race are also explored. Design/methodology/approach A multilevel multinomial logistic regression is used to examine the influence of various supply and demand variables on women’s placement in white- and blue-collar male-dominated occupations. Data from the 2001 Census and other published sources are used, with women nested in magisterial districts. Findings Demand-side results indicate that service sector specialization augments differentiation by increasing women’s opportunities in both white-collar male- and female-dominated occupations. Contrary to expectations, urban residence does not influence women’s, particularly African women’s, placement in any male-type positions, although Whites (white-collar) and Coloureds (blue-collar) fare better. Supply side human capital models are supported in general with African women receiving higher returns from education relative to others, although theories of “maternal incompatibility” are partially disproved. Finally, among all racial groups, African women are least likely to be employed in any male-dominated occupations, highlighting their marginalization and sustained discrimination in the labor market. Practical implications An analysis of women’s placement in white- and blue-collar male-dominated occupations by race provides practical information to design equitable work policies by gender and race. Originality/value Very few empirical studies have examined occupational sex segregation (using detailed 3-digit data) in developing countries, including South Africa. Methodologically, the paper uses multilevel techniques to correctly estimate ways in which context influences individual outcomes. Finally, it contributes to the literature on intersectionality by examining how gender and race sustain systems of inequality.
      PubDate: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 23:54:26 GMT
  • Understanding the complexities of responding to child sex trafficking in
           Thailand and Cambodia
    • Authors: Deanna Davy et al
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 34, Issue 11/12, September 2014. Purpose The market in trafficked children bought and sold for sexual exploitation is one of the most inhumane transnational crimes that appear to have been facilitated by globalisation and its many effects, such as growing disparity in wealth between North and South. Child sex trafficking in the Greater Mekong Subregion is an extremely complex problem, deeply rooted in historical injustice, gender inequality and poverty. In addition to the complexities of the child trafficking issue, the organisations that seek to combat child sex trafficking are themselves not always a united force and display their own internal and inter-agency complexities. This article examines some of the key complexities of responding to child sex trafficking in Thailand and Cambodia. Design/methodology/approach The methodology for this research consisted of twenty-two semi-structured interviews with anti-child trafficking experts in Thailand and Cambodia, in addition to field observations in various child sex tourism hubs in Southeast Asia. Findings The complexities of the child sex trafficking problem in Thailand and Cambodia are discussed as well as analysis of the internal and inter-agency barriers faced by the organisations that seek to combat child sex trafficking. The research finds that, due to limitations in donor funding, anti-trafficking organisations face difficulties in effectively responding to all aspects of the child sex trafficking problem. The recommendation is made for improved advocacy networking against this transnational crime. Recent success stories are highlighted. Research limitations/implications The research for this paper involved semi-structured interviews with staff from non-government organisations and United Nations agencies, but not with government representatives. The lack of available data from Thai and Cambodian government representatives limits the ability of the researcher to evaluate the effectiveness of anti-trafficking organisations' response to the child trafficking issue. Also lacking is the voice of child trafficking victims, the key beneficiaries of anti-trafficking organisations' aid and advocacy efforts. Originality/value There is an abundance of literature on the subject of child sex trafficking but a dearth in scholarly literature on the subject of advocacy and policy responses to child sex trafficking in Southeast Asia. This paper provides a valuable contribution the knowledge base on child trafficking by analysing both the complexities of the child sex trafficking issue and the complexities, for anti-trafficking organisations, of effectively combating child sex trafficking in the Greater Mekong Subregion.
      PubDate: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 23:54:25 GMT
  • The perversity of business case approaches to CSR: nuancing and extending
           the critique of Nijhof & Jeurissen
    • Authors: Lars Moratis et al
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 34, Issue 9/10, August 2014. Purpose The purpose of this article is to provide a reaction to the article of Nijhof & Jeurissen in IJSSP on limitations of business case approaches to CSR by nuancing some of their critique as well as extending it by addressing a more fundamental flaw in such approaches. In addition, the article aims to also provide a case of a company that integrates various approaches to CSR into its business model that goes beyond the CSR business case. Design/methodology/approach The article both has a conceptual approach through drawing on critical studies and theoretical arguments on CSR as well as an empirical approach through examining the integrative sustainability business model developed by the company Patagonia, a recognized and innovative CSR leader. Findings The article argues that the ‘cherry-picking argument’ by Nijhof & Jeurissen on the limitations of the business case approach to CSR does not reflect the idiosyncrasy of the CSR concept. Also, their glass ceiling metaphor may not be well-chosen. Second, stage models of CSR maturity that detach ethics from CSR development should be revised to include these, also from a credibility perspective. Third, the theory of the firm perspective on CSR may be adjusted to capture the reality of new market relations that companies pioneering with sustainability business models are developing. Originality/value The article formulates a new critique on business case approaches to CSR, adding to the stream of critical studies on CSR and provides an example of a company that pioneers an integrative approach to CSR.
      PubDate: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 16:09:06 GMT
  • It's better than stealing: informal street selling in Brussels
    • Authors: Dominique Boels et al
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 34, Issue 9/10, August 2014. Purpose To gain insight into the organisation of informal street selling in the capital of Belgium, its association with formal and illegal selling and the perceptions, choices and decisions of the sellers. Design/methodology/approach a qualitative approach (case study) was employed, including interviews, observations and document analyses. Findings Our results point to different types of informal street selling, which are mainly executed by (illegal) migrants as a survival strategy. The case illustrates the different interrelations between the formal, informal and criminal economy. Notwithstanding the precarious situation of many informal sellers, (informal) street selling is preserved by the government as a social safety net. Moreover, informal selling is neutralised by the suggestion that it is a better alternative than stealing or committing crimes which inflict physical harm and feelings of insecurity. Research limitations/implications Our results have limited generalisability, but are theoretically and methodologically important. Practical implications Implications for migration policy (e.g. more preventative actions in countries of origin, shorter procedures, development of migration regulations accounting for other policy domains, e.g. employment market). Originality/value The study fills a gap in the literature as there is limited empirical research on informal economy and Belgian informal street selling. Results are discussed in relation to international literature, thus overcoming a purely national perspective.
      PubDate: Wed, 13 Aug 2014 08:23:57 GMT
  • A representative workforce: the BME police recruitment target and the
           politics of enumeration and categorisation
    • Authors: Karim Murji et al
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 34, Issue 9/10, August 2014. Purpose To examine the inter-relationship between target setting, racial categories and racism via the case of a race employment target set for the police. Drawing on and extending public administration and governmentality perspectives, the work explores the shifting politics of enumeration and categorisation within a set of organisational manoeuvres. Design/methodology/approach The data is qualitative and mainly based on interviews with senior figures involved in managing the organisational response to the target, as well as some documentary sources. Findings The discussion reveals that both racial enumeration and categorisation are contested rather than fixed, but that debates about it ebb and flow in variable and uneven ways. They are the subject of manoeuvring around the number itself and of what counts as race. This indicates the complexity of governing race targets, which appear set but are made fluid in various ways. Research limitations/implications The research is based on interviews with senior and prominent figures involved in governance who spoke ‘off the record’, as described in the article. These conversations are not in the public domain and the justification for using them is that they reveal the thinking behind the public debate about the BME target, as well as a process of negotiation and manoeuvring. Originality/value The BME target has been the subject of considerable media and political attention, plus some academic research. The article presents a new and unique account of the target as it was implemented. It is of value to researchers interested in racism and policing interested in the organisational background that shaped the public debates about the target.
      PubDate: Wed, 13 Aug 2014 08:23:56 GMT
  • The (non)politicisation of age discrimination in Finland and Sweden
    • Authors: Mikael Nygård et al
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 34, Issue 9/10, August 2014. Purpose The article aims at examining the politicisation of age discrimination in relation to the enactment of anti-discrimination legislation in Finland and Sweden in the early-2000s. By showing how politicians constructed the meaning of age discrimination, it seeks to highlight the drivers of country variation in terms of the implementation of directives from the European Union. Design/methodology/approach The article uses a comparative design based on content analyses of parliamentary documents. Theoretically, it uses discursive institutionalism as a starting point but it also builds on previous research/theories on age discrimination. Findings The findings show that although age was seen as a ground for discrimination in both countries, there was surprisingly little debate about discrimination as societal problem. There was however considerable differences between the countries suggesting that age discrimination was a much more heated subject in Sweden. Research limitations/implications Although the analysis focuses on a small part of the policy-making process it highlights drivers (such as political culture) that may cause variation in the ways age discrimination is politicised, even within similar welfare state regimes. It also suggests that more research is needed to fully understand such drivers. Originality/value By analysing the ways in which age discrimination was constructed as a problem within national policy-making frameworks, the article presents valuable insights as to the sources of country variation in relation to the implementation of EU directives
      PubDate: Wed, 13 Aug 2014 08:23:55 GMT
  • Standard of living, consumption norms, and perceived necessities
    • Authors: Riikka Aro et al
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 34, Issue 9/10, August 2014. Purpose This article focuses on the material conditions of peoples’ daily lives by investigating changes in the self-perceived necessities of ten technology- and leisure- related consumer goods and services between 1999 and 2009. We also look at the socio-demographic predictors of the perceptions and the development of the ownership of the goods under investigation. Design/methodology/approach The data is derived from surveys “Finland - Consumption and way of life” 1999(N=2,417), 2004(N=3,574), and 2009(N=1,202). The statistical analysis methods include ANOVA and descriptive statistics. Also official statistics are used. Findings Many technological goods, in particular, have become necessities for most people, and the ownership rates have increased notably. Age, type of household, place of residence and gender affected the necessity of most items. Income affected the necessity of expensive goods and services. Practical implications The ways goods become social decencies does not always follow economic rationalities or are explained by conventional socio-economic determinants. The meaning of life course stage and related daily practices are probably more important than is usually recognized in social studies. Particularly many ICT goods become socially perceived necessities soon after their emergence, which changes the perceptions of adequate living standards, affecting thus the definition of “basic needs” and related social policy. Originality/value The perceptions of necessities and other measures of living standards have been mainly looked at from the viewpoint of poverty and income. This study explains the perceived necessity of goods and services by several socio-demographic variables.
      PubDate: Wed, 13 Aug 2014 08:23:55 GMT
  • The protestant ethic and the spirit of democracy: what is the democratic
           effect of Calvinism'
    • Authors: Milan Zafirovski et al
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 34, Issue 9/10, August 2014. Purpose The paper considers whether and how Calvinism as a specific type of religion, ideology, and social system impacts political democracy in modern society. In contrast to the previous sociological and related literature assuming only a positive or negative linear effect, the paper proposes that Calvinism exerts mixed positive-negative and non-linear effects on democracy. The paper aims at making a contribution to the sociological theory and research on Calvinism and democracy and modern society in general. Design/methodology/approach A combination of comparative and historical sociological methodology. Findings The main proposition and finding is that whether Calvinism is likely to have a positive or negative impact on democracy is the function of its specific position within social structure and its concrete phase of development. Thus, different positions of Calvinism in social structure are linked to its differential consequences in aggregate for democracy, and various stages of its development to time-variable non-linear effects in sequence. Originality/value This is a relatively novel finding innovating and expanding on the literature’s assumption that Calvinism has a structurally uniform, either positive or negative, and linear, time-constant effect on democracy.
      PubDate: Wed, 13 Aug 2014 08:23:54 GMT
  • Gender, education and labour market: evidence from Mauritius
    • Authors: Deepa Gokulsing et al
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 34, Issue 9/10, August 2014. Purpose The paper analyses the role of women in the small island economy by focussing on the education sector and labour market access. First, we analyse the educational path of women in Mauritius and second we examine the labour market opportunities available to them. We link the two sectors by adopting a gender perspective. Third, we investigate whether the same opportunities are made available to both men and women and whether or not there exist a gender gap in economic participation in the country. Design/methodology/approach We used data from the World Bank Development Indicators (2012) for a comparative analysis of the gender situation in Mauritius relative to other African countries. Gender statistics were also made available from the statistical office: Statistics, Mauritius. The Global Gender Gap Report (2012) and the SADC Gender Protocol Barometer 2012 were used as secondary data. Findings Our analysis reveals that though girls’ outperform boys at all education levels, starting from primary, secondary and tertiary level, their access to job opportunities are reduced. Female unemployment rate is higher than that of male unemployment and even for those women who manage to enter the labour market, they remain in the low occupation jobs. This puzzling relationship between good educational performance and female unemployment or low occupation may first be explained by the wrong choice of subjects at secondary and tertiary levels. Mauritian women are more likely to obtain a degree in education and humanities which are the traditional areas rather than moving to the non-traditional spheres of science and engineering. Hence, not only is it difficult for them to penetrate the labour market which is already saturated in these traditional disciplines but jobs in these fields may not be in the high wage range. Consequently, these subject choices have repercussions for the occupations they choose and the wages they earn. Significant and persistent gaps remain in the fields of study that women and men choose as part of their formal education. These gaps translate henceforth into gender differences in employment and ultimately into differences in productivity and earnings. Originality/value No study has focussed on the puzzling link between good education performance of girls and their inability to access the labour market in Mauritius.
      PubDate: Wed, 13 Aug 2014 08:23:54 GMT
  • Domiciliary care and migrant domestic workers: grasping the new
           institutional landscape
    • Authors: Manuel Abrantes et al
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 34, Issue 9/10, August 2014. Purpose This article addresses the nexus of domiciliary care demand and vulnerable migrant women recruited as domestic workers, focusing on the role of two types of organizations operating at the meso-level: commercial companies and nongovernmental organizations. The purpose is to identify the ways in which these organizations seek to change the dynamics of paid domestic work and explore how they attempt to shape the voice of domestic workers and their employers. Design/methodology/approach An actor-based approach is applied to the metropolitan area of Lisbon, a relevant setting for empirical research given local developments in the realms of care, employment, migration, and public policy. Qualitative case study techniques of data collection and analysis are adopted. The analysis is based on institutional records and open-ended interviews with managers of commercial companies and activists of nongovernmental organizations. Background contributions are drawn from interviews with domestic workers, private employers, and privileged informants. Findings Data from fieldwork demonstrate that the organizations under examination offer a significant and innovative contribution to raise and shape the voice of both paid domestic workers and their employers. More than introducing a radical perspective on the nature or content of domestic work, these organizations are engaged in stimulating a more efficient and sustainable organization of paid care in private households. Research limitations/implications Given the novelty of the approach, the present analytical endeavour is chiefly exploratory and much of the regulatory interactions and behavioural patterns remains in the penumbra. Suggestions for future research include a more systematic and detailed scrutiny of the role of organizations, as well as the incoporation of other institutional actors such as state bodies and charitable organizations active in this field. Originality/value The original emphasis on a meso-level of analysis and the choice of empirical qualitative examination – against a normative landscape of public regulation at the top and individualized actors down below – furthers our understanding of the topic and paves the way to promising developments in both scholarly research and policy debate.
      PubDate: Wed, 13 Aug 2014 08:23:54 GMT
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