Society

De la afinidad electiva entre la teoría sociológica de Luhmann y la antropología filosófica alemana
El artículo postula la existencia de una afinidad electiva entre la Teoría de Sistemas de Niklas Luhmann y la Antropología Filosófica Alemana (AFA), afinidad que traería a la luz (a-letheia) un ‘punto ciego’ del funcionalismo de la equivalencia que se coloca en la antítesis del mentado antihumanismo luhmanniano. A la pregunta que el mismo sociólogo alemán se planteaba: ¿qué autopr...


The Voice of the Child in Child Protection: Whose Voice?
Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child outlines the rights of children to express their views in decisions affecting their lives. There is further evidence to support the positive benefits for children who are afforded this right. However, evidence shows that despite legislative and policy frameworks to support this, repeated messages from inquiry reports highlig...
Prioritising care services: Do the oldest users lose out?
Population ageing is a major concern in most European countries. Demands for health- and care services will increase, as older people typically have a higher need for such services. What is often overlooked, however, is that older users increasingly compete with younger users for the same limited care resources. We ask: How do employees in the Norwegian care sector make decisions regarding the ...


Cross-Validation of the JSORRAT-II in Iowa
The predictive validity of the Juvenile Sexual Offense Recidivism Risk Assessment Tool–II (JSORRAT-II) was evaluated using an exhaustive sample of 11- to 17-year-old male juveniles who offended sexually (JSOs) between 2000 and 2006 in Iowa (n = 529). The validity of the tool in predicting juvenile sexual recidivism was significant (area under the receiver operating characteristic curve [A...
Outbound open innovation in bio-pharmaceutical out-licensing
Our study investigates the outbound open innovation of firms engaged in technological venturing. Leveraging insights from the sociology theory and innovation literatures, we clarify whether social status helps entrepreneurial ventures overcome market imperfection and information asymmetry in out-licensing and illustrate the importance of specific aspects of social status building in this contex...


Innovation policy within private collectives: Evidence on 3GPP׳s regulation mechanisms to facilitate collective innovation
This article provides insights on how to manage collective innovation in the digital economy, an innovation regime which is riddled with complex regulatory challenges and increasing litigation over intellectual property rights. Private collective organizations face two main challenges: (1) to promote collective innovation while preserving the private interests of the firms within the collective...
Knowledge sharing, knowledge leaking and relative innovation performance: An empirical study
External knowledge sharing and knowledge leakage often pose a strategic dilemma when firms conduct innovation activities. In this study, we focus on the positive and negative effects of this phenomenon. In particular, we empirically examine the effects of a firm׳s external knowledge sharing on its relative innovation performance under the contingencies of accidental and intentional leakage of ...

Inside the high-tech black box: A critique of technology entrepreneurship policy
Promoting new technology-based firms is the cornerstone of technology entrepreneurship policies in advanced industrial economies. Drawing on quantitative and qualitative empirical evidence from the UK, this paper provides a critique of these policy frameworks. The aggregate analysis shows that vast majority of these firms are micro firms, a small minority of whom grow rapidly. The paper then hi...
Katrina Bloggers Activate!”: The Long-Term Effects of Digital Media on Civic Participation
There is a lively debate on the relationship between digital media and civic participation. Some scholars argue that digital media adversely affect civic participation, others that the effect of digital media on civic participation is negligible, and still others claim that digital media strengthens civic participation. Yet, most of this research is based on cross-sectional methodologies, treat...

Brownface Minstrelsy: "Jose Jimenez," the Civil Rights Movement, and the legacy of racist comedy
This study examines US comedian Bill Dana, of Hungarian-Jewish descent, and his Latino minstrel character, "José Jiménez," during the civil rights period. By situating Dana and Jiménez within the social and political context of Latinos in the US during the 1960s, I argue Dana’s comedy continued the tradition of racial ridicule at a time when blackface minstrelsy was i...
Papa's Lessons: Code-Switching Language, Cultural Literacy, and Forgiveness
Integrating autoethnographic poetry with theoretical analysis, this article explores how the political distance between settler and immigrant generations within a family shape the extent to which that understanding is possible. The use of poetry is critical in this vein, given the manner in which discussions of cultural memory and historical exploration can be made accessible. Referencing the i...

Christ Must Increase: New Horizons in Mission and the Influence of the Spirit
Much is now being made of the fact that the numerical strength of the church is in the global south. This development raises important questions and critical issues for institutions like the Oxford Center for Mission Studies that are dedicated to serving world Christianity but in particular to resource that of the global south with quality theological education. Formal theological education dev...
Network effects across the earnings distribution: Payoffs to visible and invisible job finding assistance
This study makes three critical contributions to the “Do Contacts Matter?” debate. First, the widely reported null relationship between informal job searching and wages is shown to be mostly the artifact of a coding error and sample selection restrictions. Second, previous analyses examined only active informal job searching without fully considering the benefits derived from unsolicited ne...
'Not Smiling but Frowning': Sociology and the 'Problem of Happiness'
Mainstream British sociology has curiously neglected happiness studies despite growing interest in wellbeing in recent years. Sociologists often view happiness as a problematic, subjective phenomenon, linked to problems of modernity such as consumerism, alienation and anomie. This construction of ‘happiness as a problem’ has a long history from Marx and Durkheim to contemporary writ...
Litigant participation and success in water rights cases in the Western States
Over the years, many decisions concerning the rights to water resources have been addressed in state legislatures and federal courts; however, the majority of decisions concerning the conflicting demands over water have been addressed in state courts. This study examines the body of water rights cases heard in state supreme courts of the eleven Western states and focus on litigant participation...