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The Future of Philosophy of Religion
This paper develops proposals for the future of philosophy of religion as a global discipline by replying to the responses to Philosophy and the Study of Religions from Andrew Irvine, J. Aaron Simmons, and James McLachlan.


Sweet love: The effects of sweet taste experience on romantic perceptions
Terms of endearment such as "sweetie," "honey," and "sugar" are commonly used in the context of describing romantic partners. This article explores how a relatively subtle manipulation, namely taste sensations, might influence romantic perceptions of a nonestablished relationship. Consistent with predictions, results from Studies 1 and 2 (n = 280) showed that participants evaluated a hypothetic...
Teacher-student relationship quality as a function of children's expectancies
1, a longitudinal field study, tested children’s summertime expectancies of their upcoming teachers as a predictor of teacher–student relationship quality (TSRQ) across an academic year. Eighty-one fourth- to sixth-grade children and their 16 teachers reported on TSRQ 2, 20, and 36 weeks into the school year. Children’s summertime expectancies predicted TSRQ, with greater expe...


Death on Facebook: Examining the roles of social media communication for the bereaved
Although research has highlighted potential benefits social media sites present for the bereaved (Carroll & Landry, 2010; Sanderson & Cheong, 2010), there is also the potential for problematic effects (Kern, Forman, & Gil-Egui, 2013). This study examines the ways in which the social networking site Facebook was helpful and unhelpful to participants (N = 265) when someone they knew d...
The context of employment discrimination: interpreting the findings of a field experiment
Although field experiments have documented the contemporary relevance of discrimination in employment, theories developed to explain the dynamics of differential treatment cannot account for differences across organizational and institutional contexts. In this article, I address this shortcoming by presenting the main empirical findings from a multi-method research project, in which a field exp...


Global sport mega-events and the politics of mobility: the case of the London 2012 Olympics
This paper examines the politics of mobility which surrounded the London 2012 Olympics. We provide a critical discussion of the mobility conflicts, problems and criticisms which emerged from our research with local people in the Stratford and wider Newham areas of London, where most Olympic events were located. The paper is divided into four broad parts. First, we identify and discuss the relev...
The mobility problem in Britain: new findings from the analysis of birth cohort data
Social mobility is now a matter of greater political concern in Britain than at any time previously. However, the data available for the determination of mobility trends are less adequate today than two or three decades ago. It is widely believed in political and in media circles that social mobility is in decline. But the evidence so far available from sociological research, focused on interge...

Stigmatization and racial selection after September 11, 2001: self-identity among Arab and Islamic Americans
During the 2000s Arab and Islamic American racial identity selection was subjected to an exogenous racializing event, viz., public and private reaction to the Al Qaeda attacks of September 11, 200The Al Qaeda attacks clearly demarcate a period in which there was a structural increase in the intensity of US stigmatization of persons with Islamic religious affiliation and Arab ethnicity. This sti...
Temporal aggregation of bottom trawling and its implication for the impact on the benthic ecosystem
Understanding trawling impacts on the benthic ecosystem depends to a large extent on the ability to estimate trawling activity at the appropriate scale. Several studies have assessed trawling at fine spatial scales yearly, largely ignoring temporal patterns. In this study, we analysed these temporal patterns in beam trawl effort intensity at 90 stations of the Dutch continental shelf of the Nor...

Racialising the "great man": A Critical Race study of idealised male athletic bodies in Men's Health magazine
While scholars working in the sociology of the gender, body, health, sport and media have begun to address the paucity of research into media representations of men and masculinities, the literature to date has failed consistently to address the racialised aspects of media dwelling male athletic bodies. The same critique can be applied to recent explorations of popular men’s magazine, Men...
The fraught 'menage a trois' of public actors, private players and inhabitants: Problems of participation in French urban development projects
This paper aims to analyse the possibilities for deploying participative arrangements in French urban projects by focusing on the potential for a shift towards a ‘negotiated project’-type model. Taking the ‘concertation process’ deployed as part of the City of Paris’ plan to redevelop the Les Halles district between 2002 and 2010, the article sheds light on the two...

The creative city matrix: a framework for urban knowledge ecosystems
Knowledge work, creativity and innovation have turned into major urban industries. But how do urban environments activate their potentials and production processes? What are the constituting elements of a 'creative city', and how are they interrelated? The article presents a theoretical framework for the post-industrial creative city as a knowledge ecosystem. A new model is presented which cate...
Stakeholder e-involvement and participatory tourism planning: analysis of an Italian case study
The purpose of this paper is to explore the potential and challenges of knowledge management, in particular the use of information and communication technologies, in supporting stakeholders' collaboration processes in the tourism destination by focusing on e-democracy. The term e-democracy was coined to define the electronic representation of a democratic process which aims at obtaining stakeho...
The innovation ecosystem as booster for the innovative entrepreneurship in the smart specialisation strategy
Framed in the scientific and institutional debate on the intelligent growth of regions, the paper discusses the sustainable innovation ecosystems as dynamic and multi-actors environments for the innovative entrepreneurship fertilisation. In coherence with the European agenda for the smart specialisation, the innovative entrepreneurship is presented as driver for the achievement of the regional ...
Innovating urban policymaking and planning mechanisms to deliver knowledge-based agendas: a methodological approach
This paper aims to develop a comprehensive approach to innovate urban policymaking and planning to successfully deliver the knowledge-based agenda. The paper, first, examines the concept of knowledge-based urban development, which has become a popular urban development policy and strategy in recent years, through a comprehensive review of the literature. It, then, introduces and discusses a nov...