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Journal Cover RIMCIS : International and Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Sciences
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   ISSN (Print) 2014-3680
   Published by Hipatia Press Homepage  [14 journals]
  • Vol. 5, Num. 1 - Full Issue

    • Authors: Olga Serradell
      Pages: 1 - 96
      PubDate: 2016-03-30
      Issue No: Vol. 5, No. 1 (2016)
  • La producción socio-institucional de sufrimiento social

    • Pages: 1 - 25
      Abstract: Los clásicos de la sociología –pensemos en Marx y su concepto de alienación, en Durkheim y la anomía o en Weber y el desencantamiento del mundo- fueron conscientes del potencial que se podía esperar del sufrimiento como analizador social. Sin embargo, el interés por el significado existencial y las implicaciones éticas y sociopolíticas del sufrimiento en la vida social decayó hasta desaparecer durante los años “gloriosos” de la modernidad funcionalista ocupada en tratar las relaciones humanas desde la pura racionalidad de una abstracción cuantificable capaz de exorcizar la dimensión existencial de las relaciones sociales, la auténtica maldición del sociólogo. El propósito de este artículo es reflexionar sobre el sufrimiento como marco conceptual para la comprensión de una amplia gama de problemas sociales actuales. Partimos, para ello, de una proposición teórica básica: que el sufrimiento no es sólo una categoría que permite, trascendiendo la esfera de lo individual psicológico, observar bajo un mismo prisma problemas humanos que, aunque diversos, tienen un origen común en el daño que las fuerzas sociales infringen en la experiencia humana, sino también un elemento estructurante de la sociodicea actual, de sus formas de subjetivación e intervención social e institucional.
      PubDate: 2016-03-30
      Issue No: Vol. 5, No. 1 (2016)
  • Is Affordable Housing an Issue? A Case Study of Housing Stress among
           Middle-Income Group In Malaysia

    • Authors: Shadiya Baqutayan
      Pages: 26 - 50
      Abstract: Dwellers facing one housing problem typically face multiple risky housing circumstances that threaten an array of their outcomes. Experiencing multiple unfavourable housing issues can intensify the negative effects that such conditions have on the whole person’s physical, psychological, emotional, and cognitive development. This paper is a survey study, and it discusses the effect of some housing issues and conditions on dwellers’ psychological and emotional well-being. The purpose is to understand the effect of such problems, such as housing price, safety and security, housing quality, transportation, schools and economic development on dwellers’ stress level and emotional well-being. Simple random sampling was assigned to a large number of middle-income residents in Malaysia. The accumulated data were then analysed, and descriptive statistics were used to interpret and evaluate the prevalence of housing issues and housing stress. The findings of this study indicated that there is housing stress among middle-income groups caused by transportation, housing quality, and economic development that force dwellers to stay far from their workplace and to be unable to afford the moving cost. Hence, it is highly advisable for the governments and stakeholders to look comprehensively at these issues and tackle their consequences by emphasizing people’s need for affordable, liveable home standard.
      PubDate: 2016-03-30
      Issue No: Vol. 5, No. 1 (2016)
  • Acquiring Human Capital skills through Labour Migrancy: The case of
           Colonial Njombe District; 1900-1960s

    • Authors: Edward Mgaya
      Pages: 51 - 70
      Abstract: The migration of labourers to centres of mining, plantations and industrial production has been one of the most important demographic features of the African continent since its incorporation into the capitalist money economy. It is, however, surprisingly that the influence of this phenomenon on rural transformations remains largely unexplored as most of  studies have mostly addressed the negative consequences of labour migration pointing at the destructive nature of labour migration to the local communities. While not denying the detrimental impacts of labour migration, the paper integrates written and oral information to establish that such exclusive attribution of rural underdevelopment to labour migration was indeed a traditional way of viewing labour migration. Such views were mainly a result of over emphasis on just macro-economic cost-benefit analysis that economists have always considered and emphasized upon. This article, therefore, is an effort to go beyond such economic arena by considering the acquisition of human capital particularly linking labour migration with western education and the spread of the Swahili language. Drawing from transformational approaches, this article argues that knowledge and skills that Njombe migrant labourers got from different work places, imbued them with elements which knowingly or unknowingly became part of the instruments for the wider rural transformation.
      PubDate: 2016-03-30
      Issue No: Vol. 5, No. 1 (2016)
  • Leadership and community participation: a literature review

    • Authors: Gisela Redondo
      Pages: 71 - 92
      Abstract: This article presents a literature review of the relationship between leadership and community participation to identify the research topics underpinning the studies and theoretical works in this domain. A systematic review of electronic sources was conducted, covering the period from 1990 to 2015. A total of 1.890 articles in the social sciences were identified, and the full texts of 17 articles were reviewed in detail. The criteria used in selecting articles with key theoretical and empirical contributions were the number of times an article was cited and the relevance of the topic. The results were exploited through a comprehensive review. The articles discuss different modes of community participation that have been divided into the categories of leadership in professional communities, leadership in relation to family participation, and leadership in relation to other community members. It has been identified that there are fewer works that include integrative approaches in terms of dialogical leadership among all community members. This review suggests a need to further investigate the leadership dynamics that, through community participation, may result in improvements for society.  
      PubDate: 2016-03-30
      Issue No: Vol. 5, No. 1 (2016)
  • Una gloria incierta: India y sus contradicciones, de Jean Drèze y
           Amartya Sen

    • Authors: Eva Alonso
      Pages: 93 - 95
      Abstract: El presente documento es una reseña del Libro de Jean Drèze y Amartya Sen, Una gloria incierta: India y sus contradicciones, publicado por Taurus en 2014. Un libro que analiza las contradicciones que caracterizan a la India actual, como país con niveles elevados de desarrollo económico, pero que simultáneamente se mantiene en niveles muy ineficientes de prestaciones de servicios necesarios como la educación o la sanidad para toda su población.
      PubDate: 2016-03-30
      Issue No: Vol. 5, No. 1 (2016)
  • List of 2015 RIMCIS Reviewers

    • Authors: Olga Serradell
      First page: 96
      PubDate: 2016-03-30
      Issue No: Vol. 5, No. 1 (2016)
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