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RIMCIS : International and Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Sciences    [3 followers]  Follow    
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     ISSN (Print) 2014-3680
     Published by Hipatia Press Homepage  [13 journals]
  • Mixed Methods? Do They Really Work? A Commentary
    • Authors: Shu-Ju Ada Cheng
      Abstract: In this short commentary, I comment on the state and popularity of mixed methods in social sciences in recent decades. While quantitative and qualitative methods are considered complementary, I question the use of mixed methods by scholars without deeper reflections on the epistemological and methodological foundations of these two methods. My contention is that researchers cannot simply combine qualitative and quantitative methods without explicating how they reconcile and negotiate their different foundations. These two methods are not just tools. The act of mixing them without reflections is simply not sufficient. Reconciling and reflecting upon the foundational differences between these two methods would be an essential step.
      PubDate: 2013-11-30
      Issue No: Vol. 2 (2013)
  • Une Nouvelle Laïcité Multiculturelle
    • Authors: Lena De Botton Fernández, Miguel Angel Pulido Rodriguez
      Abstract: L’apport de cet article réside dans le concept de « laïcité multiculturelle ». Dans les sociétés du XXIe siècle, ce concept représente un progrès vers une égalité de différences où toutes les croyances et religions seraient traitées de façon égalitaire. Le principe de laïcité a constitué un pas en avant vers une plus grande égalité des droits, en Europe la démarche a été au début du XXe siècle. Un siècle plus tard, l’impact sans précédents du phénomène international des migrations a rendu les sociétés européennes multiculturelles de nouveau. Dans ce nouveau cadre, la conception traditionnelle de la laïcité, au lieu d’assurer l’égalité des droits, est devenu un principe arbitraire nuisant, plus particulièrement à la communauté musulmane. Pour surmonter le trait discriminatoire de la conception traditionnelle de laïcité envers certaines confessions, un nouveau concept s’avère nécessaire, celui d’une « laïcité multiculturelle » fondée sur l’égalité de différences et le dialogue égalitaire entre les différentes cultures.
      PubDate: 2013-11-30
      Issue No: Vol. 2 (2013)
  • God and the Problem of Order: The Role of Perfect Information and Absolute
           Power in Economics, Religion and Law
    • Authors: Mark Gould
      Abstract: The “problem of order” is resolved idyllically in Arrow-Debreu general-equilibrium models through the assumption of perfect information, where each actor is god-like, omniscient, and where this omniscience results in the veracity of the first theorem of welfare economics, where an equilibrium is Pareto efficient, where no actor, given her original endowments of alienable and inalienable capital, can improve her position. Analogously, in many religions, God is understood to be omniscient; order emerges through God’s ability to sanction malfeasance costlessly. Ideally, a comparable order would likewise be the consequence of the assumption in both economics and religion of an omnipotent principal. In both economics and religion, equilibria serve as idealized, transcendent, critical standards. In the real, immanent, world, where information is imperfect and no power is absolute, the institutionalization of law is necessary to maintain order. Religion has bequeathed to the legal order moral principles that may legitimate the law and make it binding, while economics, as a theory of incentives in the immanent world, models the imposition of legal sanctions, which penalize actors who approach and violate the law strategically. The law is an institutional order, where both constitutive norms and legal rules are legitimated through “religious” values and supported by “economic,” situational sanctions.
      PubDate: 2013-11-30
      Issue No: Vol. 2 (2013)
  • New social movements in Spanish State: a view from the principles of
           dialogic learning.
    • Authors: Borja Rivero Jiménez
      Abstract: In recent years there have appeared different social movements in the Spanish state that have become increasingly important in the political area as the 15M movement or the Plataforma de Afectados por las Hipotecas. These mobilizations have new forms of action and organization relevant to some principles of dialogic learning. Through observation and participation in these groups in the city of Caceres, in addition to the document review of articles written about these demonstrations, we wanted to show some evidence of this relationship. Our conclusion is that these new forms of organization contribute to move towards a more democratic set on egalitarian dialogue, against the impositions of power from the political sphere.
      PubDate: 2013-11-30
      Issue No: Vol. 2 (2013)
  • Ocupar Wall Street. Indignados. En el epicentro del capitalismo mundial
    • Authors: Laura Lopez
      PubDate: 2013-11-30
      Issue No: Vol. 2 (2013)
  • Full Issue
    • Authors: Marta Soler i Gallart
      PubDate: 2013-11-30
      Issue No: Vol. 2 (2013)
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