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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]
  • Sociología económica de las migraciones internacionales

    • Authors: Noemí Martín Casabona
      PubDate: 2014-03-30
      Issue No: Vol. 3 (2014)
  • List of 2013 RIMCIS Reviewers

    • Authors: Marta Soler i Gallart
      PubDate: 2014-03-30
      Issue No: Vol. 3 (2014)
  • Full Issue

    • Authors: Marta Soler i Gallart
      PubDate: 2014-03-30
      Issue No: Vol. 3 (2014)
  • Public Intellectuals, Scholars, Journalists, & Activism: Wearing
           Different Hats and Juggling Different Ethical Mandates

    • Authors: Chip Berlet
      Abstract: In democratic civil society a public intellectual can spark deep conversations aboutdisparities of privilege and power. This brings with it the need to be intentionalabout ethics. The author reviews different roles in which he has been cast where hehas played the role of a “public intellectual”. The different hats he has worn includescholar, journalist, paralegal investigator, and leftwing movement activist. In eachcase, there were normative or at least expected ethical boundaries which usuallyvaried by project and sometimes conflicted with other roles. After exploring thedifferent roles and related ethical issues, there is a discussion from a progressiveperspective of basic ethical mandates and tools for building human rights. Anextensive set of references is provided to assist researchers.
      PubDate: 2014-03-30
      Issue No: Vol. 3 (2014)
  • Performance of Banking Sectors Due to Adoption of Information Technology

    • Authors: Ajay Kumar Behera, Narayan C. Nayak, Harish C. Das
      Abstract: The aim of this paper is to provide an analysis on the relationship between InformationTechnology (IT) usage, CRM and performance of bank (state bank group) in Bhubaneswar,Odisha, India. Most of the banks in INDIA are geared for comprehensive banking solutionswith extensive branch networks. Empirical data collection was done in the year 2012 andanalyzed with the theoretical data. A sample of 18 branches was selected using the nonprobabilitysampling technique. Perceptions of branch managers, staff members andcustomers were collected using a survey method. All 18 branches selected are of anequivalent grade according to the grading set by the bank. Three different types ofquestionnaires were designed for branch managers, branch staff and customers. Bothstructured and semi structured questions were included in the questionnaires with 7 pointlikert scale. Using bivariate correlation and linear regression, data analysis was done. Thelinear relationship between variables was measured by using Pearson’s correlation coefficient.The analysis suggested that IT usage has a positive linear relationship with financialperformance and quality performance of bank branches. Bank performance was found to havea correlation with factors such as staff attitude towards IT usage, IT literacy level of bankstaff and scope and complexity of the IT applications.
      PubDate: 2014-03-30
      Issue No: Vol. 3 (2014)
  • Violence in the Arab Revolutions: The Paradigmatic Case of Egypt

    • Authors: Farhad Khosrokhavar
      Abstract: Arab Revolutions promoted non-violence (selmiyah) at their outset, in conjunction with thedignity of the citizen (karama). These mottoes did not resist for a long time against theviolence of the Deep State, the intolerance of the revolutionary actors, and the geopolitics ofthe region, with the notable exception of Tunisia, where geopolitics were not paramount. Thisarticle aims at analyzing the manifold features of violence during the transitional period, fromthe ousting of the President Mubarak in February 2011 up to the third anniversary of theRevolution in January 25, 2014. It purports to show that grass root level actors (the BlackBloc made of Football fans, the secular youth building up the social movement Tamarrod…)and institutional ones (the Judiciary, the security forces representing the Interior Ministry, andthe military at the highest level) rejected the new President from the Muslim Brotherhood.The latter acted in an inept and partisan manner, dialogue becoming impossible and violentrupture becoming unavoidable. The two types of violence (from below and from the DeepState) made democratization impossible. The door was opened for a new period ofauthoritarianism under the aegis of the army.The article does not deal with the geopolitics andtheir role in the radicalization within the Egyptian society.
      PubDate: 2014-03-30
      Issue No: Vol. 3 (2014)
  • Integrating the Best of Both Worlds: Details from Mexican- Origin College
           Students about Their Bicultural Identities and Adjustment Experiences

    • Authors: Kyle Anne Nelson, Michel Infante
      Abstract: What influences the successful bicultural adjustment of ethnic minority adolescentsinto the mainstream American culture' While previous research has indicated thatthe most successful adjustment process involves the forging of new identitiescombining characteristics from both the culture of origin and the new culture, thereis little exploration into the details of this process from the perspective of minoritieswho have successfully achieved bicultural adjustment. In order to determine whetherbicultural adjustment is an evident as well as a consciously valued process amongminority adolescents, we conducted in-depth written surveys with open-endedquestions of 20 Mexican-origin college students. By focusing on high-achievers asmeasured by college attendance, we aim to highlight key elements of the culturaladjustment process that lead to positive outcomes for ethnic minority adolescents.The survey results provide rich evidence in the participants’ own words about thecomplex nature and value of bicultural adjustment. These findings can informadjustment efforts of ethnic minority adolescents as well as the institutions andcommunity organizations who serve them.
      PubDate: 2014-03-30
      Issue No: Vol. 3 (2014)
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