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  • Papers are published in the Online First section until they have assigned a volume, an issue and page numbers.
  • Trottier D. & Fuchs C., Social Media, Politics and the State: Protest, Revolutions, Riots, Crime and Policing in the Age of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, New York: Routledge, 2015, 251 p.
    Răzvan T. Coloja  
    Journal of Social Research & Policy
    Volume: 8, Issue: 2, Online first
    Date: December 2017
    ISSN: 2067-2640 (print), 2068-9861 (electronic)

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    Posted Apr 5, 2019, 3:02 AM by Sara Topciu
  • Disentangling financial literacy: three- dimensional approach to analysing management of personal finances in Estonia
    Leonore Riitsalu[1]Rein Murakas & Diana Veeret
    Journal of Social Research & Policy
    Volume: 9, Issue: 1, Online first
    Date: July 2018
    ISSN: 2067-2640 (print), 2068-9861 (electronic)

    Abstract: There has been a prevalent assumption among the promoters of financial literacy that socio-economic status and knowledge of financial matters are of vital importance in making wise decisions in managing personal finances. Empirical evidence from Estonia suggests that these in fact have a more complicated relation to actual behaviour than believed so far. The socio-economic factors that explain differences in knowledge do not necessarily influence behaviour and vice versa. We suggest a three-dimensional approach for studying the factors behind differences in financial literacy. Regression analysis reveals that only education is significantly explaining the differences in all three – knowledge, attitudes and behaviour scores. Other socio-economic factors, willingness to take investment risks and the quantity of books at home are related only to one or two of the elements of financial literacy. The findings indicate the need for agreement on what constitutes financial literacy and the study of each element of it separately to find ways of improving financial well-being. 

    Keywords: Financial Literacy; Financial Education; Behavioural Economics; Economic Sociology; Estonia

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    • citation: RIS
    Posted Apr 5, 2019, 2:51 AM by Sara Topciu
  • Oral history interviews in the research of the recent past

    Zsuzsanna Bögre1

    Journal of Social Research & Policy
    Volume: 8, Issue: 2
    , Online First
    Date: December 2017
    ISSN: 2067-2640 (print), 2068-9861 (electronic)

    Abstract: I present several oral history interviews, which would have been difficult to understand in themselves, using only the
    texts from them. Thus, I searched for additional sources by using archives and compared them with the material of the
    interviews. After collating the various sources not only did the factual life events become more comprehensible, but it
    also became clear on the ways how the interviewees talked about themselves.
    I called the attention of sociologists researching oral history to the fact that to understand the past, in some cases, the
    collection of life stories may be insufficient. Beside the interviews, it is also important to collect materials from other
    sources as well, such as the documents stored in archives. In doing so, we will be able to compare data and stories
    contained in the life history interviews with the archival sources (interrogation records, informant reports, prison
    informants’ reports), and by checking facts and constructions, we can enhance our understanding of the reality.

    Keywords: life history; oral history interview; personal documents; social facts and social constructions; separating
    fiction and data; collating the various sources.

    Posted Mar 9, 2019, 2:49 AM by Sara Topciu
  • Social Capital and National Identity in Iran: The Case of Tehran Citizens

    Ali Baghaei Sarabi1 & Mahdieh Ghiaskhani

    Journal of Social Research & Policy
    Volume: 8, Issue: 2, Online First.
    Date: December 2017
    ISSN: 2067-2640 (print), 2068-9861 (electronic)

    Abstract: The article explores the relationship between social capital and national identity in Iran. It considers national identity
    as an important factor in social cohesion and efficiency of social planning of all multi-cultural societies. In this study,
    we used the survey method. The research population consisted of the people of older than 18 years who live in Tehran.
    The sample size included 385 subjects, who were selected by multistage cluster sampling. The results indicated that those
    who more social capital also higher levels of national identity. As a supplementary result, we can say that the three
    subscales of social capital, i.e. participation, trust, and cooperation, significantly explain the changes in national
    identity. Among the three subscales, cooperation, partnership, and trust have the largest impact on increasing the levels
    of national identity, respectively.

    Keywords: Social Capital; National Identity; Participation; Trust; Cooperation.
    Posted Feb 19, 2019, 2:15 AM by Sara Topciu
  • Further analysis on freedom of information in Indonesia: A case study of the public information disclosure in West Java Province
    Diah Fatma Sjoraida1, Luthfi Hamzah Husin & Dede Mariana
    Journal of Social Research & Policy
    Volume: 9, Issue: 1, Online First 
    Date: July 2018
    ISSN: 2067-2640 (print), 2068-9861 (electronic)
    Abstract This article seeks to further assess freedom of information (FOI) in Indonesia by qualitatively analyzing its implementation
    in West Java Province. In a relatively young democratic state, the Indonesian parliament ratified the FOI law in 2008
    responding to the ongoing democratization process. Nevertheless, the implementation of the law still suffers some problems,
    both legally and politically. Ratification and the enactment of the FOI law cannot necessarily be sufficient to guarantee the
    embodiment of a really open government unless there is a shifting paradigm in local bureaucracy, political commitment
    from local leaders, and people’s and press awareness of the ability to access public information.

    Keywords: Freedom of Information; Open Government; Policy Implementation; Democratization; Indonesia

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    • citation: RIS
    Posted Mar 9, 2019, 2:21 AM by Sara Topciu
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