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Acta Sociologica     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 35)
Acta Sociológica     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Acta Universitaria     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Acta Universitatis Sapientiae, Social Analysis     Open Access  
Advanced Journal of Social Science     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Advances in Applied Sociology     Open Access   (Followers: 16)
Advances in Appreciative Inquiry     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Advertising & Society Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
AFFRIKA Journal of Politics, Economics and Society     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
African and Asian Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
African Identities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
African Sociological Review : Revue Africaine de Sociologie     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Ageing & Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 39)
AlterNative : An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 39)
Alternative Spirituality and Religion Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
American Behavioral Scientist     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21)
American Journal of Cultural Sociology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19)
American Journal of Human Ecology     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
American Journal of Orthopsychiatry     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
American Journal of Sociological Research     Open Access   (Followers: 19)
American Journal of Sociology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 296)
American Sociological Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 238)
American Sociologist     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Análise Social     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Anduli : Revista Andaluza de Ciencias Sociales     Open Access  
Annales Universitatis Mariae Curie-Sklodowska, sectio I – Philosophia-Sociologia     Open Access  
Annals in Social Responsibility     Full-text available via subscription  
Annuaire du Collège de France     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Annual Review of Sociology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 205)
Anthropological Quarterly     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 53)
Anthropologie et Sociétés     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9)
AntropoWebzin     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Antyajaa : Indian Journal of Women and Social Change     Hybrid Journal  
Applied Research in Quality of Life     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Arabian Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Argumentos     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Arte, Individuo y Sociedad     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Artes Humanae     Open Access  
Arys: Antigüedad, Religiones y Sociedades     Open Access  
Asian Journal for Poverty Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Ateliers d'anthropologie     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Atenea (Concepción)     Open Access  
Aztlan : A Journal of Chicano Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Barn : Forskning om barn og barndom i Norden     Open Access  
Behavior Analysis in Practice     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14)
Behavioural Public Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Berliner Journal für Soziologie     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
BMS: Bulletin of Sociological Methodology/Bulletin de Méthodologie Sociologique     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
BOGA : Basque Studies Consortium Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Bronte Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Caderno CRH     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Cadernos CERU     Open Access  
Cahiers de l'Urmis     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Cahiers Société     Open Access  
Canadian Ethnic Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Canadian Graduate Journal of Sociology and Criminology     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Canadian Journal of Sociology / Cahiers canadiens de sociologie     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
Canadian Journal of Women and the Law     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Canadian Review of Sociology / Revue Canadienne De Sociologie     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Canadian Social Science     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
Caribbean Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
Catalyst : A Social Justice Forum     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Celebrity Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
CERN IdeaSquare Journal of Experimental Innovation     Open Access  
Chinese Journal of Sociology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Chinese Sociological Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Chinese Sociology & Anthropology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
Chophayom Journal     Open Access  
Chrétiens et sociétés     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Ciência & Tecnologia Social     Open Access  
Ciência & Trópico     Open Access  
Ciencia e Cultura     Open Access  
Ciencia, Cultura y Sociedad     Open Access  
Cities in the 21st Century     Open Access   (Followers: 17)
Citizenship Teaching & Learning     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
City & Community     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 41)
City, Culture and Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 23)
City: analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 26)
Ciudad Paz-ando     Open Access  
Clio. Femmes, Genre, Histoire - Articles     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Clivatge. Estudis i testimonis sobre el conflicte i el canvi socials     Open Access  
Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 15)
Communication Monographs     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Community Empowerment     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Comparative Sociology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 38)
Comparative Studies in Society and History     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 54)
Configurações     Open Access  
Conflict and Society     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Conflicto Social     Open Access  
Confluences Méditerranée     Full-text available via subscription  
Contemporary Family Therapy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Contemporary Pacific     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Contemporary Sociology : A Journal of Reviews     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 31)
Contemporary Voice of Dalit     Full-text available via subscription  
COnTEXTES     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Contexts     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Contributions to Indian Sociology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Controversias y Concurrencias Latinoamericanas     Open Access  
Cosmopolitan Civil Societies : An Interdisciplinary Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Crime, Histoire & Sociétés     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
Criminologie     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Critical Discourse Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 29)
Critical Horizons     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Critical Sociology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 38)
Critical Studies on Terrorism     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 56)
Cross-cultural Communication     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
Cuadernos de Extensión Universitaria de la UNLPam     Open Access  
Cuadernos de Marte     Open Access  
Cuadernos del CENDES     Open Access  
Cuban Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Cultura y Representaciones Sociales     Open Access  
Culturales     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Culture - Society - Education     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Cultures & conflits     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Current Research in Ecological and Social Psychology     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Current Sociology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 47)
Dalogue and Universalism     Full-text available via subscription  
Debates en Sociología     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Design and Culture : The Journal of the Design Studies Forum     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 26)
Dhaulagiri Journal of Sociology and Anthropology     Open Access  
Diferencia(s)     Open Access  
Dilemas : Revista de Estudos de Conflito e Controle Social     Open Access  
disClosure : A Journal of Social Theory     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Distinktion : Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Diversité urbaine     Full-text available via subscription  
East Central Europe     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Economy and Sociology / Economie şi Sociologie     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Ecopolítica     Open Access  
Educação, Escola e Sociedade     Open Access  
Éducation et socialisation     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Em Debate     Open Access  
Emotion Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20)
Emotions and Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Enfances, Familles, Générations     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Entramados : educación y sociedad     Open Access  
Entramados y Perspectivas     Open Access  
Environmental Sociology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Environnement Urbain / Urban Environment     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Espacio Abierto     Open Access  
Espiral     Open Access  
Espirales     Open Access  
Estudios Geográficos     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Estudios sobre las Culturas Contemporáneas     Open Access  
Estudios Sociologicos     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Estudos de Sociologia     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Ethnicities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 23)
Ethnologia Actualis     Open Access  
Ethnologia Fennica     Open Access  
Ethnologies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Études françaises     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
European Journal for Sport and Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology     Hybrid Journal  
European Journal of Sociology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 37)
European Review of Applied Sociology     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
European Societies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
European Sociological Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 51)
Eutopía - Revista de Desarrollo Económico Territorial     Open Access  
Evaluation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19)
Facta Universitatis, Series : Philosophy, Sociology, Psychology and History     Open Access  
Families, Relationships and Societies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Family & Community History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
Family Relations     Partially Free   (Followers: 11)
Finance and Society     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Fokus pa familien     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Forum Sociológico     Open Access  
Frontiers in Human Dynamics     Open Access  
Frontiers in Sociology     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Games and Culture     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 27)
Gender and Behaviour     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Genre & histoire     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Genre, sexualité & société     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Glottopol : Revue de Sociolinguistique en Ligne     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Good Society     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Grounded Theory Review : an International Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Group Analysis     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Hábitat y Sociedad     Open Access  
Health Sociology Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Health, Culture and Society     Open Access   (Followers: 13)
Heritage & Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Hispania     Partially Free   (Followers: 2)
Homo Ludens     Open Access  
Hospitality & Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Housing and Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Human Behavior, Development and Society     Open Access  
Human Figurations : Long-term Perspectives on the Human Condition     Open Access  
Humanidades em diálogo     Open Access  
Humanity & Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
identidade!     Open Access  
Inclusión y Desarrollo     Open Access  
Indes : Zeitschrift für Politik und Gesellschaft     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Indonesian Journal of Sociology and Education Policy     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Information, Communication & Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 70)
Insights into Regional Development     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies     Open Access  
Interfaces Brasil/Canadá     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
International Area Studies Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
International Journal of Applied Sociology     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
International Journal of Community Well-Being     Hybrid Journal  
International Journal of Comparative Sociology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)

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  • Disability and land access in Zimbabwe’s fast track land reform
           programme

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      Authors: Fulton Mangwanya; Charity Manyeruke
      Abstract: The subject of access to land in Zimbabwe remains an important issue to address equality and equity in land access and utilisation. However, access to the land resource by people with disabilities is outstanding. The main objective of this study was to investigate if people with disabilities were considered under the Fast Track Land Reform Programme (FTLRP) in Zimbabwe. Literature review on land reform in Zimbabwe was done and data were collected through Purposive Sampling (8 out of 10 provinces) and Key Informant Interviews (n=62). 95% of key informants said people with disabilities did not benefit from the FTLRP/Jambanja. We conclude that persons with a disability had lesser chances of being allocated land as compared to their counterparts without disabilities. There is a need for a policy-driven affirmative action by the government of Zimbabwe to empower and protect people with disabilities on access to land capital.
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  • The apology of Jacob Zuma : implications for political trust

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      Authors: Mlungisi Phakathi
      Abstract: This article analyses the testimony of former President Jacob Zuma, given at the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture. It focuses on the revelations of the former President and their possible implications for political trust in South Africa. It uses a framework by Francis Fukuyama (1995), who argues that trust or social capital is an important factor in achieving collaboration and prosperity in society. The article argues that the revelations of the former President will possibly affect trust negatively. They have the potential to affect trust among members within the African National Congress (ANC), people's trust of the ANC, the trust of the private sector, the office of the Public Protector and the media by the ANC and the general public. The paper argues that it will be difficult to grow South Africa together in a trust deficient environment.
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  • Oil price fluctuation, macroeconomic indicators and poverty in Nigeria

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      Authors: Osmond Chigozie Agu; Phocenah Nyatanga
      Abstract: The fluctuations in the oil price over the years have created uncertainties and unsustainability of economic growth, and these have reinforced poverty through several channels, especially in developing economies. This study explored the impact of oil price movement and other macroeconomic indicators on poverty in Nigeria between 1980 and 2018. The Autoregressive Distributed Lag (ARDL) estimating technique was utilized to investigate both the short run and long run impact of oil price fluctuations on the poverty rate in Nigeria. The estimation results show that oil price volatility has a positive and statistically significant effect on poverty rate both in the short run and in the long run. The estimation results also shows that interest rates and growth in gross domestic product have a statistically significant and positive effect on poverty rate in Nigeria. The study therefore concluded that though Nigeria is experiencing economic growth, the growth is not inclusive. The study therefore recommends that the Nigerian government diversify, attract and encourage investors into the other sectors of the economy that are less susceptible to oil price fluctuations as alternative sources of income. It is also recommended that the monetary authorities efficiently use the interest rates in times of oil price movements to ensure that economic growth is not compromised, hence reducing the incidence of poverty in Nigeria.
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  • Economic and philosophical pathways to subjective well-being and a
           flourishing good life : an exploratory perspective

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      Authors: Darma Mahadea; Irrshad Kaseeram
      Abstract: The search for happiness is a universal human goal. We all want to be happy and lead a flourishing life of endeavor with fruitful relationships, free from worries and afflictions. However, not all of us are happy, despite growth in personal income over time. Subjective well-being has traditionally been in the realm of philosophy, suggesting that happiness, as the only ultimate purpose of life, is underpinned by virtuosity and moral principles. In recent times, happiness has attracted the attention of economists and researchers in other disciplines too. Psychology indicates that certain personality attributes are critical for higher happiness levels. Economic reasoning suggests that rising incomes with economic growth and good health enhance quality of life and subjective well-being. This paper takes on an interdisciplinary exploratory approach to examining happiness. It examines the economic and non-economic influences on the human life satisfaction and assesses the role of government to enhance well-being and happiness. The paper introduces the philosophical influence of the mode of action, goodness as an alternative individual approach to a good life and lasting happiness, and complements this with a panel regression analysis, reflecting that rising income per head, freedom, healthy life expectancy conditions and income inequalities are significant economic factors influencing happiness in a society. For citizens’ higher happiness levels, policy-makers should therefore promote economic growth with which rising income per capita is associated, ensure good health care conditions and minimize income inequalities.
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  • Community development practice strategies for instilling the value of the
           institution of family : perceptions of academics at Howard College

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      Authors: Mkhize Sazi; Z. Nobahle Edmore Ntini
      Abstract: Too often literature on community development strategies presents general strategies used by practitioners as agencies of change in communities they practice in. This paper analyses at the collapse of the family institution as a community challenge that needs to be addressed using the community development approach. The aim is to generate knowledge on strategies that can be used for instilling the value of the institution of the family. The objective is to describe academics perceptions of strategies that can be used for instilling the value of the institution of the family. The paper uses a qualitative case study of Social Science university lectures to explore specific strategies that could be used to restore the way communities should value the institution of family. In-depth interviews were conducted on a sample of six lecturers selected from three departments. The paper identified nine strategies for restoring respect and valuing the family institution in communities, namely, communication forums and religious institutions strategies; curriculum and media strategies; access to resources and job opportunities strategy; resource person strategy; family resilience strategy; family well-being intervention and preservation strategy and the empathy strategy. The study recommends a pro-family curriculum change in universities and colleges. An improved collaboration between the Department of Social Services and the Department of Correctional Services in matters concerning families is recommended. Development nongovernmental organisations can play a big role in family education. Lastly, the media can be used as a strategy to restore the respect of the institution of the family.
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  • The dynamics of corporate and local complicities in environmental
           pollution in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria

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      Authors: Ogbuagu C. Chukwu; Abiodun Omotayo Oladejo
      Abstract: The Niger Delta region of Nigeria has a sad history of environmental pollution from gas flaring, gas blowouts, oil spills and oil well fires. These have made life and livelihood very difficult for the people of the region. The most prominent view on this matter is that oil companies’ negligence and un-circumspect oil and gas business are responsible for the problem. However, some current arguments have advanced that some local people have on their own been destroying their own environment. This paper therefore sought to evaluate the degree of complicity of stakeholders in the environmental woes facing the region. Using political ecology as theoretical thrust, the study adopted qualitative techniques namely content analysis and focus group discussion as methods of inquiry. The findings of the study revealed that oil multinationals and government – with its agencies – are the real culprits, and that oil bunkering – discontenting - activities by members of the host communities that result in environmental pollution are infinitesimally inconsequential compared to the damage being done by oil companies and government. What this implies is that the responsibility to salvage the situation overwhelmingly rests on oil multinationals and government. They both need to collaborate with oil producing communities to find a mutually acceptable way of exploiting the region’s resources in a way that fully recognises the need to protect the environment and ensure the rights of the people of the region.
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  • Media channels and their potency in portraying gender based violence
           against women among Uitenhage Residents in the Eastern Cape Province of
           South Africa

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      Authors: Olawumi Kate Oladimeji; Oluyinka Osunkunle
      Abstract: The media plays a central role in informing the public about what happens in the world while it is also criticised for its portrayal roles at times as in the case of gender based violence. However, there are various mass media channels which are used to keep the audience informed. This study therefore examines the awareness of these channels amongst residents of Uitenhage, in the Eastern Cape, South Africa as well as comparing their views on the extent to which these media channels expose them to gender based violence. Mixed method research approach was employed and questionnaires were subsequently distributed to collect data from the respondents. In addition, one focus group discussion was conducted in the same community. Findings revealed that the residents are more aware of social media and broadcast media and their portrayal of gender-based violence. This study contributes to the body of knowledge by highlighting the role of the media and its various channels in portraying this global menace called gender based violence and its influence on people in Uitenhage.
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  • Cost implications of the 2018 student violent protests at the University
           of Venda

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      Authors: Ishmael Obaeko Iwara; Kingsley Ekene Amaechi, Rendani Tshifhumulo Beata Kilonzo
      Abstract: Over the past few years, student violent protest has been widely celebrated in many universities in South Africa. University of Venda is not an exception. At some point, student protest was cultured in the sense that it has consistently occurred at certain periods annually, in different universities across South Africa. It seems, these protests are organised without consideration of their socio-economic implications on the universities , the students and the universities’ hosting communities. Apparently, the perpetrators of protests may have little or no knowledge about the remnants such action resonates. This provides the impetus for this paper, which uses the 2018 students’ violent protests at the university of Venda, to provide insight into consequences of students’ violent protest, from the socio-economic point of view. Theoretically, it draws on Waters, Hyder, Rajkotia, Basu, and Butchart’s (2005) understanding of the consequences of youth violence, which looks at the effects of violence beyond personal harm. A mixed research design method was followed. Staff and students were interrogated on the concern using a self-developed semi-structured and structured questionnaires. Qualitative analysis was performed using Atlas ti v8. Mean ranks of three factors that emerged revealed that economic cost (42.5%) amassed the highest followed by academic cost (31.5%) and health cost (26%). To mitigate subsequent protest, the management should facilitate open dialogues on student-related challenges. Elected student representatives should be subjected to leadership skills training. The study also recommends further strengthening of security measures, as a way to discourage students’ protests that takes a violent path.
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  • Political security in Ethiopia : situations and legal contests

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      Authors: Yayew Genet Chekol
      Abstract: Ethiopia has endorsed human rights from UDHR and by its FDRE, (1995) constitution in which such rights are accounts for one-third of the contents of the constitutions. The paper was aimed at examining the situations of political security and its challenge from a legal perspective. It was investigated through a qualitative research approach, secondary sources of data were highly employed, and the time framed focused since 2005. According to the finding of the research, the political security situations of Ethiopia is characterized by torture and ill-treatment, political repression and enforced disappearances which are made by legal and institutional mechanisms by declaring different proclamations.
      PubDate: 2019-12-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • Measuring the effectiveness of appointment of school management team : a
           qualitative analysis of the stakeholders’ views

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      Authors: Philip Kwashi Atiso Ahiaku
      Abstract: The study is aimed at investigating the issues of appointment procedures of principals and heads of departments (HoDs) to South African schools. Two issues were investigated: whether the appointment followed efficiently and laid down procedures and whether the current challenges of dissatisfactions faced by school management members are influenced by the appointment processes. A qualitative research approach was employed involving 50 participants purposively selected. Semi-structured interview schedules were conducted to collect data for the study. The findings revealed the manipulation of procedure for selection and interview to favour certain candidates over others, with corruption and nepotism as major issues responsible for the dissatisfaction of other stakeholders. The study recommends narrowing the pool from which principals and HoDs are selected from by emphasizing higher academic qualifications as the minimum qualification for the rise to senior positions such HoDs and principals should be progressional and school leadership must be appointed by the School Governing Body and Department of Education only.
      PubDate: 2019-12-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • Enhancing public sector performance in developmental state in Nigeria :
           between rhetoric and reality

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      Authors: Stanley O. Ehiane; Kehinde David Adejuwon Maria Lauda J. Goyayi
      Abstract: This article examines the role of public services in a developmental state with specific reference to Nigeria. The dysfunction of the traditional paradigm of public administration and bureaucracy, which has made it grossly inadequate in realising the developmental drives in Nigeria, was identified. The article is qualitative in nature relying on secondary sources of data. It explores Nigeria‘s development state challenges from a public service capacity perspective. It contends that Nigeria has inefficient public service which has the capacity to set major development objectives and ensure service delivery consistency. The article argues that an efficient public service is a prerequisite to the attainment of a developmental state growth in any developing country. The article, therefore, suggests counteractive action for the effective performance of the public service towards the realisation of a developmental state for sustainability.
      PubDate: 2019-12-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • Students’ reflections on assessment and feedback practices at a South
           African higher education institution

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      Authors: Samantha Govender
      Abstract: The importance of feedback in enhancing teaching and learning in higher education institutions is widely acknowledged but there is still a persistent need for improvement. This study explored students‘ reflections on the feedback they received within their modules from multiple assessment practices. It aimed to examine the nature of the feedback they received as well as the challenges they experienced during the process, and to identify innovative ways to enhance future practice. An interpretative qualitative and quantitative research approach was employed. Data were collected by means of a questionnaire, containing closed and open-ended questions, from 120 randomly selected third-year students from the Faculty of Education at a South African university. The findings revealed that students felt they did not receive sufficient, detailed, relevant and timely feedback after assessment; they valued feedback mainly in terms of quantity, quality and promptness, but there was little concern from students about the extent to which their learning could be facilitated through the feedback received. Recommendations are provided for effective and efficient ways in which feedback can be improved to facilitate student learning, specifically in the context of large student numbers and high lecturer workload.
      PubDate: 2019-12-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • Understanding the role of ethics and compliance in public institutions :
           perspectives of United Nations and African Union employees in the selected
           African states

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      Authors: Emmanuel Shindika; Priviledge Cheteni
      Abstract: The focus of this inquiry was to explore the role of ethical compliance in the UN and AU. This was done through individual narratives on how working for renowned institutions on a day-to-day basis influences their understanding and application of ethics. The study applied an inductive and qualitative approach in order to explore how the AU and UN ethics systems influence governance for member states and employees. A sample of 18 both AU and UN personnel were interviewed. Findings from the study pointed that the AU and UN systems have loopholes in dealing with issues of ethical compliance, with the main problem reportedly being that of enforcing and monitoring, otherwise sound policy and guidelines set by the two organisations. It is recommended that the AU and UN upgrade its ethics monitoring systems in order to ensure compliance from employees and member states.
      PubDate: 2019-12-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • Sociocultural issues contributing to poor youth involvement in
           entrepreneurial activities in South Africa : a prospect of young graduates
           in Thohoyandou

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      Authors: Ishmael Obaeko Iwara; Vhonani Olive Netshandama, Beata Kilonzo Jethro Zuwarimwe
      Abstract: High rate of youth unemployment in South Africa (highest in the world at 54.7% in 2018) has been associated with several issues. Among other key issues, poor involvement of youth in entrepreneurial activities is prevalent, leaving scholars with tasks of providing lasting solution. Over the years, discourse on the concern revolves around physical, environment, economic, as well as political issues with little attention on social and cultural issues associated with the challenge. Assumptions are that interventions may not suffice given that every society is built on these two actors. In an attempt to address the gap, this study follows an exploratory sequential mixed method research design to provide insight into sociocultural issues responsible for poor involvement of the youth with specific focus on young graduates in Thohoyandou. Snowball sampling was followed in the data collection, utilising semi-structured and structured questionnaires for the interviews. The analysis was performed using Atlas-ti v8 (thematic/report-based analysis) and descriptive statistics through SPSS v25. Drawing from 56 participants, it was observed that reference group and family influence (35%); personal lifestyle and standards 34%; and entrepreneurship orientation in the society (31%) emerged. We recommend community engagement for enhanced orientation on entrepreneurial development. There is also a need to strengthen the place of entrepreneurship in the institutions of higher learning.
      PubDate: 2019-12-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • Crisis of governance, political leadership and the complicity of the
           ‘followership’ in Nigeria

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      Authors: Adeoye O. Akinola
      Abstract: Despite the much-celebrated return to civil rule in 1999, effective governance continues to elude Nigerians. This is not only attributable to bad leadership; of greater concern is the conspiracy of the followership in the socio-economic and political debasement of the Nigerian state. This article takes a holistic approach to understand the role of political leadership, the responses of the citizens to the pressures generated by socio-economic reforms and the quest for good governance in Nigeria. The article relies on unstructured interviews to elicit the perspectives of stakeholders in Nigeria‘s governance project. The article found that the formation of the state and evolution of its nationhood, quality of its leadership, and the character of the followership has made it challenging for the Nigerian state to accumulate the dividends of democracy, align itself with the expectations of the masses and manifest the attributes of a true state. However, more pressing among these challenges is the crisis of leadership. The study concludes by reiterating the need for attitudinal changes in the nature and character of Nigerian leadership towards mobilization of the followership towards achieving public good.
      PubDate: 2019-12-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • The constitutionality of ukuhlola : a South African cultural practice

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      Authors: Hlako Choma; Tshegofatso Kgarabjang
      Abstract: This paper is focusing on the culture of ukuhlola. Ukuhlola is a part of the cultural practices for virginity testing. There is a debate among the chapter 9 institutions that protect constitutional democracy in South Africa on the constitutionality of certain cultures including Ukuhlola. The South Africa Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), as one of the chapter 9 state institutions supporting constitutional democracy, is mandated amongst others to promote respect for human rights and cultural practice. It also promotes the protection, development, and attainment of human rights. It is within this mandate that the Human Rights Commission has observed the debates surrounding the prohibition of Ukuhlola (virginity testing) in the Children‘s Bill. Ukuhlola has been historically regarded as a vital social tool to bring pride to virgin girls, the parents, and the community. Ukuhlola is still practiced in some of the communities in South Africa, Nguni communities. Ukuhlola culture originated from the Zulu culture and is prevalent mostly in the KwaZulu-Natal Province. The motive was to receive the full lobola (the eleventh cow). Ukuhlola practice phased out during the past century but has gradually made a return in various areas of South Africa, including KwaZulu-Natal, in recent years. South Africa‘s Moral Regeneration Movement has decided to use the return of ukuhlola of teenage girls as a tool to fight against women's abuse, teenage pregnancies, and HIV& AIDS. However, gender equality is a chapter 9 organization meant to protect the fundamental human right, while the South African Constitution is the supreme law of the land. And any law that is inconsistent with the Constitution is unconstitutional.

      This article investigates whether the practice of ukuhlola could pass the constitutional muster. To achieve this objective, the article considers fundamental rights enshrined in the Constitution. The article also considers various case law, journals, textbooks, and internet sources on application and protection of the rights. After considering the fundamental rights and applicable sources, the article concludes that the practice of ukuhlola is indeed unconstitutional.
      PubDate: 2019-12-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • Contextual perspectives of election violence in KwaZulu-Natal, South
           Africa

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      Authors: Ibrahim Yusuf; Sybert Mutereko
      Abstract: KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) is renowned for both political and election-related violence. Since the advent of democracy in South Africa in 1994, election violence has been synonymous with almost every election conducted in the province. Initially, election-related violence was primarily inter-party related. This was during the period when the African National Congress (ANC) and the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) were involved in devastating killings at election times. However, findings from this study show that recently there has been a shift from inter-party violence to intra-party violence. This study relied primarily on secondary data, and content analysis was used to analyse the data. The analysis conducted in this study indicates that while the historical antagonism between the ANC and the IFP is, in principle, technically over, pre-existing acrimony and animosity still play some roles in influencing violence in KZN. The study reveals that factors such as factionalism, competition over tenders, political assassinations and the quest for supremacy within political parties appear to be the drivers of election violence currently. This, without doubt, undermines efforts at consolidating democracy in KZN and, to some extent, at the national level too.
      PubDate: 2019-12-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • Understanding teachers as adult learners in professional development
           activities for enhanced classroom practices

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      Authors: Oluwatoyin Ayodele Ajani
      Abstract: Professional development of teachers is significant to classroom practices; this is why it‘s necessary for teachers to engage in regular in-service professional development activities. The purpose of teachers‘ professional development is to enhance their classroom practices for better performance of their learners. This paper aims at providing the need to understand teachers as adult learners in various professional developments designed for teachers. It will help on how teachers are trained with appropriate and needed professional needs, as well as the types of communication approach that can be used in different professional development activities; which can enhance the effectiveness and the usefulness of such professional development activities to teachers‘ classroom practices. Quality of teachers translates to the education system in any country; teachers are critically significant to the educational system. It is, therefore, important that teachers are provided with appropriate and needed professional development activities, where they can actively learn what can be adopted or integrated into their classroom practices. Ideally, professional development activities are to provide collaborative support and training to teachers to make them better in classrooms. These activities should be continuous to sustain the dynamic education system of today. The professional development activities impact meaningfully on teachers‘ development, teachers‘ skills and attitudes are enhanced for classroom practices, further snowballing into the quality of education learners receive. Therefore, the integration of a few basic principles of adult learning into the design of teacher professional development activities can improve classroom practices of teachers. This conceptual paper explores some of these concepts and how the characteristics of adult learners, self-directed learning, transformative learning and critical reflection can enhance classroom practices.
      PubDate: 2019-12-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • Editorial note

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      Authors: Victor Ojakorotu
      Abstract: In line with the mandate of AFFRIKA, and underscoring the foci of the journal, it is my profoundest joy that we publish this Edition with topical discourses that highlight core issues that borders on the character of Africa - when adequately utilised – that constitutes immanent potential of advancement. The Edition’s opening discourses on undergraduate political participation in the University of Ghana; attitude of academics towards gender equality in higher schools; and law, politics and society as elites mechanisms of governing address fundamental issues of progressing democratization.
      PubDate: 2019-07-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • Youth political participation : a qualitative study of undergraduate
           students at the University of Ghana

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      Authors: Elizabeth Biney; Acheampong Yaw Amoateng
      Abstract: The present paper employed focus group interview discussions as data collection tool from a sample of 36 female and male undergraduate students at the University of Ghana to examine the effect of such socio-cultural factors as age, gender, education, and religion affect their participation in politics. Discourse and thematic analyses of the data corroborated many quantitative research findings of political participation. Males were more likely to express interest in and participate in politics than their female counterparts, while younger youth were less likely to participate in politics than older youth. Contrary to the findings of many quantitative studies, educational level had an inverse relationship with participation in politics, while no significant relationship was observed between religion and political participation by the youth. The relatively low participation in politics by the youth is the result of their sense of corruption and distrust in politics and the pervasiveness of discrimination based on age and gender.
      PubDate: 2019-07-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • Attitudes of academicians towards gender equality at institutions of
           higher learning in South Africa

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      Authors: N.L. Maqubela; T.P. Mulaudzi, A. Muleya N.R. Raselekoane
      Abstract: The purpose of this study was to explore the attitudes of academics in the institutions of higher. This paper postulates that Institutions of higher learning are still masculine-orientated, and this creates a barrier for women in terms of career advancement. The study employed qualitative research methods to explore factors that contribute to the under-representation of women in senior positions at universities in South Africa. Purposive and convenience sampling techniques were used to select twenty-five female academics (25). Semi-structured interviews were used to collect data. Thematic analysis method was used to analyse the data. The findings demonstrate that the universities continue to be masculine-oriented within most of employment categories. Women face multiple challenges in ascending the academic ladder which results in their under-representation in management and academic position.
      PubDate: 2019-07-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • Law, politics and society in Nigeria : a tripartite of elite conspiracy

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      Authors: Kelvin Bribena
      Abstract: This paper is an examination of Nigerian elites in context of the interplay of politics, law and the society. Discourse on the Nigerian society has been subsumed on the legacy of colonialism; military in politics and ethnic chauvinism which has given birth to elites fellowship against national interests. While these academic debates have rested on the corridor of corruption and underdevelopment of the country leading to policy adaptation, yet cases of elites’ conspiracy against the organic law to undermine the general-will has persisted in the polity. Hence, this paper unravelled the whole process and suggested a path for a healthy politics. Secondary data were used in the course of this investigation and information were content analysed through theme. This was supported by the notions of classical scholars of elite theory Gaetano Mosca, Vilfredo Pareto, and Robert Michel. The investigation revealed that the Nigerian elites have been motivated on the grounds of personal desires; and the law (constitution) has been used to strengthen their ascendency in the polity. It further identified that the Nigerian society and law emanated from precolonial; colonial and military decrees; and which has created a need for convocation of genuine sovereign national conference of all elites in the existence groups in the country.
      PubDate: 2019-07-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • Ifa : some notable theses for application in contemporary socio-political
           parlances

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      Authors: Olukayode 'Segun Eesuola; Victor Ojakorotu
      Abstract: We assert in this paper that Ifa mainly represents the 'philosophical words of wisdom' that developed from the Yoruba people of West Africa, and that also has religious and divinational applications. This assertion derives from a cross examination of both oral and written literature along with three Odu Ifa (Ifa theses) - using what the paper calls 'bilingual content analysis'- to extract relevant philosophical interpretations as explanatory tools for some sociopolitical phenomena. The assertion challenges the dominant position in the literature that Ifa is a religion, and thus has to, by implication, characteristically run in rivalry to other religions of the world. We clearly assert that Ifa is African Philosophy, and with this we join other Afro-revisionist scholars in setting a new agenda for exploring indigenous and autochthonous African knowledge towards explaining several socio-political issues that confront Africa in contemporary times.
      PubDate: 2019-07-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • An assessment of the potential and challenges faced by women-driven
           community projects towards the eradication of poverty in rural areas : the
           case of Mutale Municipality

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      Authors: Thizwinondi Josephine Mudau
      Abstract: This study aims at investigating the potential and the impact of two women-initiated community projects to alleviate poverty in the Mutale Municipality. The study also looks at the challenges faced by women-driven community projects in the Mutale Municipality. Qualitative research methodology has been used to determine the nature and impact of women-driven community projects in alleviating poverty in rural areas around the Mutale Municipality. Interviews were used as the research instrument to collect data from 38 interviewees about the two women-initiated community projects in the Mutale Municipality. The findings revealed a positive impact of the women-driven community projects on the alleviation of poverty in the area. Furthermore, the findings also revealed a significant contribution by women through their community projects. Another important finding of this study is the lack of training and resources such as financial, machinery and transport to support women-initiated community projects. This study calls for women-driven community projects to receive equal support in terms of training and resources from the government and the private sector in order to promote livelihood and sustainability of the projects initiated and driven by women.
      PubDate: 2019-07-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • Presentation, analysis and interpretation of data : an examination of the
           findings of the types of problem-solving activities in English FAL
           classrooms

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      Authors: Motlatjo Ntatamala; Theophilus T. Mukhuba
      Abstract: Problem-solving is a process—an on-going activity in which we take what we know to discover what we don't know. It involves overcoming obstacles by generating hypo-theses, testing those predictions, and arriving at satisfactory solutions. Problem-solving involves three basic functions: Seeking information, Generating new knowledge and Making decisions. Problem-solving activities involving problem-solving are designed to help learners develop responsibility for their own learning, starting from a low level of responsibility and then taking on a systematic and gradual approach as asserted in Scharle & Szabo. They can be easily integrated into regular lessons, since each activity serves a clear linguistic purpose as well as promoting more general learner development. The activities are also designed to develop a comprehensive range of skills and attitudes, including “developing learner strategies, monitoring learning processes, establishing self-evaluation, promoting motivation and developing co-operation”. The findings of the research revealed that educators experience many challenges in terms of teaching the implementation of problem-solving strategies so that the learners can understand the concepts and lesson content and use problem-solving skills. The ultimate goal should be set to get the learners apply them in their learning through the set tasks and activities. Through the interviews conducted with the educators on the use of the problem-solving activities, it was found that four out of six educators had knowledge of the problem-solving strategies; therefore, they were able to teach the learners through the various problem-solving strategies.
      PubDate: 2019-07-01T00:00:00Z
       
 
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