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Author: Charnay

Child development tops project prioritisation list of most African parents. Patterns of socio-economic change over time have affected the definition, status and mentality of the child. However, parents’ understanding of the child especially within the Igbo and Ibibio geographical regions is yet to respond to the variables of socio-economic change. For instance there is the tendency that the introduction of kindergarten schools affects child development. Even though this trend hastens the child’s understanding of the society, it forces the child to think and reason like adults and therefore appears to shorten the childhood period. Maybe the cold relationship between some parents and their children is the cause of increase in ‘lumpen’ children: (Almanjeris, Area boys and Militants) in Africa. Therefore the chapter studies patterns of socio-economic change using qualitative research methods of the oral interview, content analysis and personal observation methods to achieve research objectives.

In: Children and Childhood: Practices and Perspectives
Author: Harold Traver

Crime and Socio-Economic Change in Hong Kong Harold Traver Department of Sociology, University of Hong Kong. Expanded crime has been linked with increasing affluence in the United States and Europe, the dislocation of tribal peoples in Africa, and a widening disparity between rich and poor in

In: Asian Journal of Social Science
Author: Adam McKeown

A D A M M c K E O W N | B O O K R E V I E W S 1 4 0 Singapore Chinese Society in Transition: Business, Politics and Socio- Economic Change, 1945-1965 . By LIU Hong and WONG Sin-Kiong. New York: Peter Lang, 2004. viii+209 pp. P R E D I C T I O N S O F T H E I M M I N E N T A S S I M I L AT I O N

In: Journal of Chinese Overseas
Author: Khalid al-Azri

conflict; Islamic law; women’s rights; Muslim society; socio-economic change; Oman; Ibadism * This article is dedicated to the soul of Professor Nasr Hamid Abu Zaid. I am indebted to my friend Dr. Adrian Gully for his valuable comments and suggestions during the writ- ing of this article. ** E-mail: k

In: Arab Law Quarterly
In: Britain and Poland-Lithuania
Protestant Mission in Revolutionary China
Author: Ju-K'ang T'ien
This is a pioneering study of the impact of Christianization among the Chinese. Focusing primarily on the minority peoples of Yunnan province, it nonetheless fully mirrors the historical development of the Protestant mission in China.
Drawing on many years of observation in the field and upon a comprehensive consultation of official documents relating to Christians on the mountain peaks, the study chronicles how the early foreign missionaries, thanks to their self-sacrifice and the examples they set of religious zeal, cemented the hitherto segregatory and leaderless tribes together, vigorously shaking the desolate mountain folk out of their age-long isolation. It was the trend of the time to identify Christianity as the desirable agent to promote socio-economic change in the undeveloped communities.
This is a timely original contribution to the historical study of the Christian missionary enterprise and the pressing problem of freedom of worship that currently exists in China.
Author: Paola Cavaliere
Based upon a survey of five faith-based volunteer groups, Promising Practices offers valuable insights and fresh perspectives into the ways women’s participation in religious civic organizations may work as a gateway toward participatory democracy. By approaching women’s faith-based volunteering as a social practice, the book engages with three of the most important dimensions of civil society: gender, religion, and democracy. Cavaliere teases out the complexity of interactions among these three dimensions of civic life through stories of individual women who volunteer for three different religious organizations. The volume examines how faith-based volunteering is experienced by women in contemporary Japan and how it becomes a site of empowering and disempowering practices through which women balance the benefits and the costs of personal shifts, socio-economic changes and democratic transformation.

Ordinary social violence, - i.e. recurrent mental or physical aggression occurring between closely related people - structures social relationships in Africa, and in the world. Studies of violence in Africa often refer to ethnic wars and explicit conflicts and do not enter the hidden domain of violence that this book reveals through in-depth anthropological studies from different parts and contexts in Africa. Ordinary violence has its distinctive forms embedded in specific histories and cultures. It is gendered, implicates witchcraft accusations, varies in rural and urban contexts, relates to demographic and socio-economic changes of the past decades and is embedded in the everyday life of many African citizens. The experience of ordinary violence goes beyond the simple notion of victimhood; instead it structures social life and should therefore be a compelling part of the study of social change.