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RIMCIS : International and Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Sciences
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     ISSN (Print) 2014-3680
     Published by Hipatia Press Homepage  [13 journals]
  • Transformative Learning: Suggestive Assumptions and Practices

    • Authors: Andrew David Gitlin
      First page: 115
      Abstract: This essay argues that most proposed forms for schooling learning are founded on assumptions associated with Normal Science.  While most of these forms of school learning are inherently conservative, even the most well know approaches to transformative learning, such as critical pedagogy, are also beholden to the dictates of Normal Science. The limitations of Normal Science suggest a need for learning approaches that push against the limits of this paradigm.  Such a push is suggested by looking at the assumptive framework and practices associated with a newly developed technology platform—UnEarth.  UnEarth moves between Normal Science and Experimental Art is an attempt to create communities of difference, share knowledge across those differences, store knowledge in personal and community libraries that show gaps and strengths in learning as well as interests that can be used for curriculum planning and future job recruitment and  do so within an “open text” that creates possibilities as opposed to directing participants to do this or that. By doing so communication patterns, the nature of schoolwork and the stop-go-stop nature of education were transformed. These findings suggest that technology can stand side by side with transformative ambitions, a stance not possible with platforms like UnEarth.
      PubDate: 2014-07-30
      Issue No: Vol. 3 (2014)
  • Full Issue

    • Authors: Marta Soler i Gallart
      First page: 115
      PubDate: 2014-07-30
      Issue No: Vol. 3 (2014)
  • Public Sociology and the Rights of Citizenship in Brazil: Critical
           Assessment and Historical Perspectives

    • Authors: Ruy Braga
      First page: 138
      Abstract: Public sociology is at the origin of the formation of the modern Brazilian sociological field. Between 1960 and 1970, at least two important institutions of sociological research (the Center for Labor and Industrial Sociology at the University of São Paulo, CESIT, and the Brazilian Center for Analysis and Planning, CEBRAP) developed the praxis characteristic of public sociology building up links with extra-academic audiences, in particular, radical trade unions and progressive social movements. The purpose of this presentation will be to reconstruct the theoretical and political links between these experiences in public sociology and the current engagement of the Center for the Study of Citizenship Rights (Cenedic), public sociology institute founded at the University of São Paulo in the 1990s by sociologist Francisco de Oliveira. Thus, we intend to debate some tensions between the academic research and social movements fighting for the rights of citizenship which resurfaced with unprecedented strength in Brazil in June 2013.
      PubDate: 2014-07-30
      Issue No: Vol. 3 (2014)
  • In the Path to Regaining Social Sciences Legitimacy through Public

    • Authors: Carmen Elboj Saso
      First page: 158
      Abstract: In the process of approval of the European Commission Horizon 2020, research in the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) has been under threat. Not only new liberals, but also migrant movements, Roma organizations, feminists, and other citizens have questioned social sciences as a valid instrument to contribute to overcome the crisis and its related inequalities, especially in Europe. In this framework, this article discusses the role that public sociology plays for social sciences to regain legitimacy in current times. Particularly, the article defends that this regaining of prestige can be done through the study of Successful Actions, which have proven effective in reducing inequalities wherever they have been implemented. Drawing on the INCLUD-ED research, a large-scale project of the EU Framework Programme of Research (2006-2011), the article analyses the impact of implementing Successful Actions in the improvement of quality of life in one of the poorest neighbourhoods of Spain
      PubDate: 2014-07-30
      Issue No: Vol. 3 (2014)
  • The Social Nature of Attractiveness: How to Shift Attraction from the
           Dominant Traditional to Alternative Masculinities

    • Authors: Marcos Castro, Liviu Catalin Mara
      First page: 182
      Abstract: This article explores the paradox that while much emphasis has been put into educating boys in the alternative masculinities, the boys who hold these values are not the ones who are considered attractive in the social imaginary of a large part of the population. Attractiveness to different masculinity models is the result of the process of socialization. The authors argue that there is a mainstream process of socialization – which is not the only one – that promotes the attraction to the dominant traditional model of masculinities, while the opposite process is found with alternatives ones. Drawing from previous studies in the area of preventive socialization of gender-based violence and men’s studies, different aspects are highlighted showing how transformation is built in regards to provide new alternative models of masculinity.
      PubDate: 2014-07-30
      Issue No: Vol. 3 (2014)
  • The Precariat. The New Dangerous Class

    • Authors: José Taberner Guasp
      First page: 207
      PubDate: 2014-07-30
      Issue No: Vol. 3 (2014)
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