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Søkelys på arbeidslivet (Norwegian Journal of Working Life Studies)     Open Access  
Tangent     Hybrid Journal  
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The Batuk     Open Access   (Followers: 12)
The Equilibrium     Open Access  
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The New Yorker     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 31)
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The Winnower     Open Access  
The Women : Annual Research Journal of Gender Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Thesis     Open Access  
Third Sector Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
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Tieteessä Tapahtuu     Open Access  
Tinkazos     Open Access  
Trabajos y Comunicaciones     Open Access  
Trama : Revista de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades     Open Access  
Trans-pasando Fronteras     Open Access  
Transmodernity : Journal of Peripheral Cultural Production of the Luso-Hispanic World     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Transmotion     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
Transtext(e)s Transcultures     Open Access  
Trayectorias Humanas Trascontinentales : TraHs     Open Access  
Trivium     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Tulane Undergraduate Research Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Twentieth Century Communism     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Twenty-First Century Society: Journal of the Academy of Social Sciences     Hybrid Journal  
UC Merced Undergraduate Research Journal     Open Access  
UC Riverside Undergraduate Research Journal     Open Access  
UED Journal of Social Sciences, Humanities and Education     Open Access  
Ultima Década     Open Access  
Uluslararası Anadolu Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi / International Anatolian Journal of Social Sciences     Open Access  
Umanistica Digitale     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Uni-pluriversidad     Open Access  
Universidad de La Habana     Open Access  
Universidad y Ciencia     Open Access  
Universidad, Escuela y Sociedad     Open Access  
Universitas Científica     Open Access  
Universitas-XXI, Revista de Ciencias Sociales y Humanas     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
University of Mauritius Research Journal     Open Access  
Universum : Revista de Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
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Variations : Revue Internationale de Théorie Critique     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
VFAST Transactions on Education and Social Sciences     Open Access  
Vilnius University Proceedings     Open Access  
Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Wani : Revista del Caribe Nicaragüense     Open Access  
War & Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 27)
Weather, Climate, and Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Wellbeing, Space & Society     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Women Against Violence : An Australian Feminist Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 15)
Workplace : A Journal for Academic Labor     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
World Journal of Social Science     Open Access  
World Journal of Social Science Research     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Youth Studies Australia     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Zambia Social Science Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Zeitschrift für Medienwissenschaft     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
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Zambia Social Science Journal
Number of Followers: 2  

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ISSN (Print) 2079-5521
Published by Southern African Institute for Policy and Research Homepage  [1 journal]
  • Book Review

    • Authors: Cheela Chilala
      Abstract: A review of Nation-Building in the Context of ‘One Zambia, One Nation’, by Mubanga E. Kashoki. (Lusaka: Gadsden Publishers, 2018).
      PubDate: Fri, 24 Jun 2022 07:31:04 PDT
  • Absent Fathers and Child Maintenance Rights in the Copperbelt Province of
           Zambia: The Dilemma of a Postcolonial Bemba Matrilineal Practice

    • Authors: Mutale Mulenga-Kaunda
      Abstract: Being matrilineal and matrilocal, the Bemba people believe that “children belong to the mother”. This cultural belief and practice is so resilient that even in the event of divorce men have lost paternity rights to their children. Colonisation shifted Bemba women’s status as men were forced to migrate to work in the mines on the Copperbelt, leaving women to raise children as single mothers often without support from their absent husbands. Yet, even though Bemba people believe that children belong to the mother, the responsibility of raising children was traditionally shared with the father of the child. In postcolonial Zambia, the practice of abandoning children with women without maintenance from the estranged father has continued. Further, the Bemba endorsement that children belong to their mother has also influenced urban dwellers in Zambia. This article employs an African feminist jurisprudence framework to critique this pervasive cultural belief and practice of “children belong to the mother”, arguing that it promotes male irresponsibility and acts as a social driver of increasing the numbers of absent fathers, feminization of poverty and the vulnerability of children. Furthermore, the laws favour the rights of men over women. The article concludes this Bemba matrilineal practice and the current legal system undermine efforts to promote child maintenance rights in Zambia
      PubDate: Fri, 24 Jun 2022 07:31:02 PDT
  • Ishita – Atemporality in Bemba Eco-existentialism

    • Authors: Chammah J. Kaunda
      Abstract: This article delineates Bemba eco-existentialism of atemporality. It demonstrates inshita as lived which is deeply entrenched in the quest to become Lesa (God). Bemba atemporality is never conceived in terms of the past or the future. Rather, as the locus of intercourse, a critical site of spiritual interaction, transaction, and exchange aimed at actualizing equilibrium of all vital relationships that make up the cosmos. In this way, inshita is lived and a manifestation of meaningful actions that promote flourishing-becoming of all things.
      PubDate: Fri, 24 Jun 2022 07:31:01 PDT
  • Domestic Morality, “Traditional Dogma”, and Christianity in a
           Rural Zambian Community

    • Authors: Bernhard Udelhoven
      Abstract: Hugo Hinfelaar described, for precolonial times, a comprehensive domestic religion and family spirituality which he called “traditional dogma” or “family dogma”. What is left of it in Zambia' When and for what purposes are traditional religious beliefs invoked today and scrutinised in marriage and the domestic sphere' While many say, “We have no culture left!” traditional dogma continues to function as a “moral grammar” that anchors cultural identity. The marital life of a couple becomes scrutinised along traditional beliefs during family crises. When people accept this scrutiny, they (re-)submit themselves under the wider family and thereby reconstitute the family under the traditional moral compass. On the one hand, Christian churches came with meticulous moral and sexual standards which were to replace traditional beliefs, while on the other hand, they belittled and bypassed the domestic self-regulating mechanisms that enforce morality, because they were linked to traditional beliefs. I am writing this paper from my perspective as a Catholic priest, who experiences, much like Hugo Hinfelaar did, that the void left by tradition has not been filled by the Christian faith. Hinfelaar’s concern for a creative dialogue between Christianity and traditional dogma still waits to be adopted.
      PubDate: Fri, 24 Jun 2022 07:30:59 PDT
  • Vol. 8, number 1 Front Matter

    • PubDate: Fri, 24 Jun 2022 07:30:57 PDT
  • Female Initiation Rites as part of Gendered Bemba Religion and Culture:
           Transformations in Women’s Empowerment

    • Authors: Thera Rasing
      Abstract: Since the 1930s, female initiation rites have been a topic of interest for both anthropologists and certain White Fathers like Fr Corbeil and Fr Hinfelaar. Although the rites have been examined from various viewpoints, e.g. structural-functionalist viewpoints in the first half of the 20th century (Richards, 1940, 1956), and later by symbolic anthropologists (Rasing, 1995, 2001, 2004, and Simonsen, 2000a and 2000b), they are now mainly explained in terms of unequal gender relations and sexuality (Kamlongera, 1987; Kalunde, 1992). During my ongoing research (1992–2016), I was inspired by the interpretation of these rites by Hugo Hinfelaar, who, although not the first White Father who studied and attended these rites, was the first one who interpreted them in a primarily religious way, emphasising aspects such as transcendence, religion, matrilinity, fecundity and history. Moreover, by examining cultural and religious artefacts and symbols, including those used in initiation rites, Hinfelaar encouraged inculturation (which became a Catholic Church policy after Vatican II), contributed to the study of African Traditional Religion from a gendered viewpoint, and promoted Bemba female initiation rites. This paper will examine the resilience and transformations of female initiation rites in the past century from a gendered and religious viewpoint. It will claim that, in line with Hinfelaar’s statement that Bemba women have lost their important socio-religious position due to bena ngandu rule, colonialism and Christianity, these female rites should be seen as a way for women to hold on to and exert their power in their families and in their communities while both initiation rites and equal gender relations are encouraged by the Catholic Church today.
      PubDate: Tue, 06 Jul 2021 13:10:54 PDT
  • Women in Religio-Cultural History: A Reflection on their Representation in
           Hugo Hinfelaar’s Scholarly Work in Zambia,1960s to 1990s

    • Authors: Nelly Mwale et al.
      Abstract: Although Catholic missionary historians have contributed to the writing of Zambia’s many histories, the attempt at documenting women’s place in religio-cultural history in the country has been overshadowed by the prominence of masculine histories. Using the example of Hugo Hinfelaar who captures women’s histories in his scholarly work, this article explores the representation of the place of women in the religio-cultural history of Zambia in order to highlight Hinfelaar’s contributions to the study of women and to Zambia’s religio-cultural history. Informed by African feminist theory, it draws on a historical study which utilises document review and analyses the data through ‘restorying’ of purposively selected themes in Hinfelaar’s work. The article shows that Hinfelaar represents women as pillars in the growth of the church and active players in religio-cultural heritage, as seen from their religious vocations and reactions to missionary subordination of indigenous knowledge. The article advances that Hinfelaar’s representation of women ignites discourses which affirm that although unrecognised, women do play important roles in religio-cultural history. It also provides insights for the study of women’s history in ways that reveal the historian’s favouring of the minority in the wider web of history often grounded in patriarchy.
      PubDate: Tue, 06 Jul 2021 13:10:53 PDT
  • From “White Fathers” to “Black Fathers” in Kasama and Mpika
           Dioceses in Zambia

    • Authors: Anthony B. Tambatamba et al.
      Abstract: Employing the missiological theory of Henry Venn (1796-1873) and Rufus Anderson (1796-1880) on indigenisation of churches, this article explores the lived experiences of black Zambian Catholic clergymen, nuns, catechists and lay people at some of the mission stations that were once in the hands of Missionaries of Africa, popularly known as White Fathers, from 1891to1991 in the Archdiocese of Kasama and Diocese of Mpika. To write about the White Fathers from the point of view of our interviewees accords us an auspicious opportunity to pay tribute to Fr. Hugo Hinfelaar to whom this article and this particular issue of the Zambia Journal of Social Sciences is dedicated. Having arrived in Zambia as a young Dutch White Father missionary in 1958, Fr. Hinfelaar desired to understand the culture of the Bemba people among whom he was working. He, therefore, became a serious field worker – an anthropologist, historian and theologian. He retired and returned home in 2014, after having contributed to the efforts of indigenising the Catholic Church’s clergy and inculturation of the Catholic faith in the country. The article demonstrates that the indigenisation of Kasama and Mpika Dioceses was incomplete. This is because, of the “three selves”: self-propagating church, self-sustaining church and self-governing church in the indigenisation theory, the self-sustaining church has not been realised according to the respondents, although some of them spoke of the White Fathers having accomplished their mission. This article proposes a reengagement with the discourse of ‘self-sustainability’ which has largely been abandoned by local Catholic theologians. However, it is now an issue which has become all too apparent to be ignored as the Catholic Church becomes more and more indigenised, at least in terms of its clergy. This article proposes a new theme in Church history in Zambia, namely, the localisation of the personnel and self-sustainability in the Catholic Church in Zambia.
      PubDate: Tue, 06 Jul 2021 13:10:51 PDT
  • ‘A Western Missionary Cooked in an African Pot’: Religion, Gender and
           History in Zambia – Essays in Honour of Father Hugo F. Hinfelaar

    • Authors: Chammah J. Kaunda et al.
      Abstract: The concept of ‘Cooked in African Pot’ is inspired by Klaus Fiedler, Paul Gundani and Hilary Mijoga (1998) who argued that clay pots represent African cosmic views, traditions, anthropology and epistemology. It is these ingredients that would form and sharpen Father Hugo Hinfelaar’s reinterpretation of Christian faith for Zambia. And it is this inspiring and honourable work and legacy that necessitated these two special issues dedicated to one of the distinguished missionary scholars of religion in Zambia. In what follows, we argue that Hinfelaar dedicated himself to what could be described as a soul search to deconstruct and recapture Christianity for the Zambian people on the margins.
      PubDate: Tue, 06 Jul 2021 13:10:50 PDT
  • Vol. 7, number 2 Front Matter

    • PubDate: Tue, 06 Jul 2021 13:10:48 PDT
  • Book Reviews

    • Authors: Sishuwa Sishuwa et al.
      PubDate: Fri, 02 Apr 2021 14:21:24 PDT
  • An Ethnological Analysis of the Influence of Mobile Money on Financial
           Inclusion: The Case of Urban Zambia

    • Authors: Edna Kabala et al.
      Abstract: The issue of access to financial products has been a public policy issue since 2005 when the first FinScope Zambia study was conducted. The 2015 study indicated that 40.7% of adults were financially excluded. This article investigates the influence of mobile money on financial inclusion using urban Kitwe and Kalulushi as case studies. We employ an ethnographic methodology to understand the extent to which mobile money has encouraged the unbanked population to access financial products and services. The findings indicate that mobile money has a positive influence on financial inclusion. It is easier to open accounts with mobile money kiosks than with formal banks. Mobile money services are conveniently located where the unemployed, aged and other segments of the unbanked population are found. They use mobile money services to send and receive money, pay utility bills and purchase airtime. Since mobile money services positively influence financial inclusion in urban settings, we recommend that they should be made widely available in rural areas. Furthermore, there is need to increase financial education and knowledge about mobile money systems and operations across populations in both urban and rural areas.
      PubDate: Fri, 02 Apr 2021 14:21:22 PDT
  • Does Foreign Direct Investment Matter for Industrialisation in

    • Authors: Obianuju Ogochukwu Nnadozie et al.
      Abstract: This paper employs cointegration and error correction techniques to provide empirical evidence on the dynamic relationship between foreign direct investment (FDI) and industrialisation in Nigeria for the period 1981-2015. Our findings show that FDI does not have a significant effect on industrialisation in Nigeria either in the short run or the long run. Also, the empirical results reveal that trade significantly harms industrialisation in Nigeria both in the short run and the long run. Our empirical results are, however, not surprising given that FDI inflows into Nigeria have largely been resource-seeking, that is, mainly targeted at the oil sector with the concomitant adverse impact on the non-oil sectors, particularly the manufacturing sector. We therefore recommend that policy makers should aim at selectively attracting FDI to other strategic sectors which will be supportive of industrialisation.
      PubDate: Fri, 02 Apr 2021 14:21:20 PDT
  • Industrial Policy in Context: Comparative Experiences from Chile and

    • Authors: Frank Chansa et al.
      Abstract: This article tries to draw lessons from Chile for Zambia on innovative industrial policy and strategies that lead to industrial transformation and job creation. The creation of quality jobs for the increasingly skilled youth requires significant efforts. Industrial policy has been argued to have the potential to contribute to the creation of employment through support for new and old initiatives in the economy. In the case of Zambia, the economy has mainly been dominated by the mining sector, where the creation of jobs has been very small, whereas the comparator country Chile developed an institutional framework for industrial policy that addressed market failures and encouraged innovation concentrated in specific sectors. These were attainable given the country’s existing or potential comparative advantage and therefore had strong growth prospects and impacted on job creation. The study finds that Chile provides a rich experience that Zambia can learn from in creating labour intensive job opportunities especially for youths.
      PubDate: Fri, 02 Apr 2021 14:21:19 PDT
  • Vol. 7, number 1 Front Matter

    • PubDate: Fri, 02 Apr 2021 14:21:17 PDT
  • Book Reviews

    • Authors: Ashley Chishiba et al.
      Abstract: Reviews of: Agriculture in Zambia: Past, Present, and Future, Antony Chapoto and Nicholas J. Sitko eds., 2015 and: Forced to leave: Commercial farming and displacement in Zambia, by Human Rights Watch, 2017.
      PubDate: Fri, 14 Feb 2020 10:21:50 PST
  • Conservation Agriculture: Gendered Impacts on Households' Livelihoods

    • Authors: Olipa Zulu-Mbata et al.
      Abstract: In response to climate change, new technologies resilient to climatic variability have been promoted among smallholder farmers. Conservation Agriculture (CA) has been promoted since the 1990s in sub-Saharan Africa. However, as with any new technology, various factors affect adoption and ultimately the impact of the technology. Gender is one such factor. Both female and male smallholder farmers are faced with numerous constraints to accessing productive resources. Female farmers face more problems in adopting new technology than do male farmers, resulting in few of them adopting them. This in turn reduces the impact that these technologies have on their livelihood. Using Zambian nationally representative data, the study examines the gendered impacts of CA on smallholder households’ livelihood outcomes – household income, crop income, crop diversification, and dietary diversity score. Results show that CA adoption improves a household’s level of dietary diversity and crop diversification. However, the impact of CA on these livelihood outcomes reduces if the household is female-headed or the farmer (male or female) is in a female-headed household. Therefore, promotion of CA should take into account the gender differences at household level and within the household, as well as female farmers’ access to productive resources.
      PubDate: Fri, 14 Feb 2020 10:21:47 PST
  • A Long History of Low Productivity in Zambia: Is it Time to Do Away with
           Blanket Recommendations'

    • Authors: Antony Chapoto et al.
      Abstract: Although there have been calls to ramp up efforts to design and implement a fertiliser programme that recognises the spatial variability of soil fertility and climatic conditions in the country, Zambia like most countries in Africa, continues to rely heavily on outdated general fertiliser recommendations, which are uniform across geographic locations and crops. This could be one of the main reasons why Zambia continues to record low crop productivity despite government fertilizer subsidy programmes. Using soil analysis and household data collected in rural Zambia, this study presents a comparative analysis of location-specific fertilizer application versus blanket recommendation to demonstrate why it is important for the Zambian government to invest in area-specific fertiliser recommendations in order to raise crop productivity. As expected, the results show that soil fertility varies across the country. This was observed in all the mapped soil properties with ranges of 2.7 to 7.8 for soil pH, 0.08% to 10.1% for soil organic carbon and 1.0 ppm to 333.6ppm for soil Phosphorus. These values belong to different classes in terms of acidities and levels of adequacy and deficiency. These results indicate that blanket fertiliser recommendations, or even liming, may not be well suited across the entire country. Instead, they support the need for Zambia to promote area-specific fertiliser recommendations. It is recommended that soil testing be promoted as part of extension messages, and that the government’s Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) should consider including soil testing as a requirement for the subsidy.
      PubDate: Fri, 14 Feb 2020 10:21:44 PST
  • Achieving More with Less: Reform and Scaling Down of Food Reserve Agency
           and Farmer Input Support Programme and Boosting Social Protection

    • Authors: Antony Chapoto et al.
      Abstract: Zambia continues to suffer from a regime of ineffectual subsidies and insufficient social protection. Despite evidence showing how the country’s signature farming input and output subsidy programmes, i.e. the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) and the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) respectively, have failed to spur agricultural diversification, address low agricultural productivity, food security, and stubbornly high rural poverty rates, the country has continued to allocate significant resources towards their implementation. Notably, Zambia is currently grappling with the need to make some tough choices as it seeks to deliver on the Zambia-Plus Recovery Plan proposed by the Minister of Finance. Among other options, the government should consider how to scale back on discretionary spending whilst supporting economic growth and social development. Politically, maintaining the status quo is likely to be very costly given that the country can no longer afford the continued financial haemorrhage from the current operations of FISP and FRA. This paper presents a case for reforming FISP and FRA by providing alternative approaches that will work better for both the individual Zambians who rely on the state for support, and the country as a whole.
      PubDate: Fri, 14 Feb 2020 10:21:41 PST
  • The Politics of Maize in Zambia: Who holds the Keys to Change the Status

    • Authors: Antony Chapoto et al.
      Abstract: As both the national staple food and primary smallholder crop, maize occupies a central position in Zambia’s agricultural political economy. Despite the government’s large subsidies, maize productivity levels remain way below global averages, maize commercialisation in the smallholder sector remains highly concentrated, maize meal prices are highly volatile, and rural poverty remains high. This study uses a political economy framework to better understand the policy-making process, power structures and dynamics involved in the maize sector in order to get a better understanding of who holds the keys to change, and how to influence agricultural policy changes. Net-Map procedure was used to map the linkages of key players in order to determine critical nodes of policy change. The Executive (Cabinet/State House) was found to wield the most power in commanding the other actors in the sector. However, powerful lobby groups with links to the Executive have often opposed changes to the sector to maintain large rents to their constituency with disregard to the negative effects on the whole sector. In addition, a “Command Triangle” which holds the keys for sustainable policy changes in the maize sector was identified. This command triangle consists of the President, Minister of Finance and Minister of Agriculture. Hence, in order to bring about long-lasting changes to maize marketing policies in Zambia, there is a need for strong collective action within the command triangle, as it possesses the most influence.

      PubDate: Fri, 14 Feb 2020 10:21:37 PST
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