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Cosmopolitan Civil Societies : An Interdisciplinary Journal
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     ISSN (Print) 1837-5391
     Published by University of Technology Sydney Homepage  [6 journals]
  • A Common Theme - Ethical Practice

    • Authors: James Goodman
      PubDate: 2014-05-05
      Issue No: Vol. 6, No. 1 (2014)
  • Social Impact, a Theoretical Model

    • Authors: Jenny Onyx
      Pages: 1 - 18
      Abstract: This paper constructs a theoretical model of social impact as it applies to civil society organisations. It does so by drawing on the recent literature on the topic as well as recently completed empirical studies. First, the relationship between impact and evaluation is examined. This is followed by an exploration of the capitals, notably social, human, and cultural capital and their interrelationships, as a theoretical base for the explication of social impact. A formal model of social impact is then identified together with a set of basic principles that may be said to define social impact. Finally the implications of the model are discussed for social policy and organisational management.
      PubDate: 2014-01-20
      Issue No: Vol. 6, No. 1 (2014)
  • Malaysia's Human Rights Performance: Assessment of its First Session
           of Universal Periodic Review in the United Nations Human Rights Council

    • Authors: Ying Hooi Khoo
      Pages: 19 - 37
      Abstract: Since its inception, the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) has been subjected to a substantial amount of criticism. The mechanism began functioning in 2008, however there have been little made known about the roles and functions of the UPR. This article explicitly examines the first UPR process of Malaysia in 2009, in order to illustrate how the mechanism operates in practice by highlighting the engagement of Malaysia government with the stakeholders, the follow-up process and the main issues concerned. This article argues that in spite of the excellent diplomacy skills that portrayed by the Malaysian government in the UPR session, the human rights situation in the country has not been improved much. This paper seeks to determine how effective the UPR has been at encouraging human rights reforms nationally by analyzing and assessing the implementation actions of Malaysian government in response to their accepted UPR recommendations.
      PubDate: 2014-05-05
      Issue No: Vol. 6, No. 1 (2014)
  • Whale Watching as Ecotourism: How Sustainable is it?

    • Authors: Stephen Leslie Wearing, Paul A. Cunningham, Stephen Schweinsberg, Chantelle Jobberns
      Pages: 38 - 55
      Abstract: Australia has long tried to portray itself as an environmentally responsible state and has consistently been a strong supporter of Whale Watching as an alternative to the practice of commercial and ‘scientific’ whaling. This paper explores whale watching in an effort to determine the economic and social viability of it as a sustainable marine tourism activity —and whether in the future the whale and the tourist can coexist or will the latter as with previous human activities such as whaling yet again create a ‘tragedy of the commons’ and displace the former. As an ecotourism product, whale watching holds the potential for sustainable practice, one that is both ecological and profitable. Responsible whale watching is seen as a clean, green industry that simultaneously supports local economies and promotes whale education and conservation. The question is can it live up to these expectations?
      PubDate: 2014-02-19
      Issue No: Vol. 6, No. 1 (2014)
  • Locating Cosmopolitanism Within Academic Mobility

    • Authors: Liudmila Kirpitchenko
      Pages: 56 - 75
      Abstract: Intensified academic mobility is an enticing platform for examining the emerging manifestations of cosmopolitanism in expanding intercultural encounters. Cosmopolitanism calls for a dialogue between cultures and for reciprocal appropriation and internalization of cultures within one’s own culture. This paper endeavors to locate empirical evidence on evolving cosmopolitanism in everyday intercultural interactions and academic experiences. It is guided by the methodological applications of cosmopolitanism and the way cosmopolitanism is redefining the sociological frame of reference. This paper presents discussion and empirical testing of three defining features of cosmopolitanism according to Beck (2002): globality, plurality and civility. Mirroring these guiding principles, this research attempted to identify and analyze cosmopolitan values and dispositions in everyday intercultural encounters, discourses, situations and experiences. This paper presented an argument that cosmopolitan values and dispositions tend to create mutually beneficial conditions for intercultural inclusion and academic mobility provides a fertile ground for their current and future exploration.
      PubDate: 2014-02-19
      Issue No: Vol. 6, No. 1 (2014)
  • The benefits and limitations of using cricket as a sport for development
           tool in Samoa

    • Authors: Chris Khoo, Nico Schulenkorf, Daryl Adair
      Pages: 76 - 102
      Abstract: This study investigates benefits and challenges associated with the use of sport – in this case cricket – as a community development tool in Samoa. This Pacific Island nation, like others in the region, has been the focus of various development programs in the post-colonial era, with developed economy neighbours like Australia and New Zealand providing aid funding. Some of that has involved sport as a development tool, underpinned either by funding from the national government, foreign aid agencies, or a combination of both. The present paper, by focusing on a cricket for development (CFD) program in Samoa, aims to explore outcomes and limitations associated with the use of sport as a community engagement tool. The paper pursues that goal by examining the activities of relevant sport and government organisations, and – most crucially – it interviews key stakeholders involved in the CFD process in Samoa. In short, the prime purpose of this paper is to identify and interpret – from the perspective of locals – whether the CFD program has brought benefits to Samoan communities, and the challenges and limitations they see thus far. This is important because, to date, there has been an absence of qualitative inquiry into the efficacy of sport for development (SFD) programs in Samoa, and very limited research in a Pacific Islands context.
      PubDate: 2014-09-09
      Issue No: Vol. 6, No. 1 (2014)
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