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  • Confucianism and Soft Power of China

    Nguyen Thi My Hanh1

    Journal of Social Research & PolicyVolume: 9, Issue: 1
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    Date: July 2018
    ISSN: 2067-2640 (print), 2068-9861 (electronic)

    Abstract: China is on a journey to become a global power, using “Chinese Renaissance” as its prime vehicle to emerge from the position of a regional superpower and compete with the United States of America. The desire to open a “Chinese Age” in world history is great; the goal is to become a “leading nation”, “leader” of the world. The cultural revival of Confucianism, and its promotion as the dominant Chinese value system, is one of the more effective measures China has employed to increase its “gravity”, or soft power, in the international arena. Unfortunately, China has not succeeded in elevating these values to universal values, and therefore hasn’t turned Confucian culture into an effective soft power. Moreover, if Confucian culture isn’t naturally developed from its own civil society in the American way, it is not free to exchange, expose, and learn with other cultural and educational products in the world, but is always subjected to imprisonment by the government. If the latter is the case, the dream of Chinese soft power from Confucianism will remain unfinished.

    Keywords: Chinese Soft Power; Global Power; Confucianism; Confucian Culture; Universal Value.

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    Posted Apr 24, 2019, 3:10 AM by Sara Topciu
  • Sergiu Bălţătescu, Claudia Bacter. Well-being through the eyes of Romanian children: results of the international study “Children’s World” (ISCWeB) (Bunăstarea văzută prin ochii copiilor români: rezultatele studiului internaţional "Lumea copiilor" (ISCWeB)), Cluj-Napoca: Presa Universitară Clujeană, 2016, 2012, 118 p.
    Daniela Crina Lezeu
    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 24, 2019, 2:56 AM by Sara Topciu
  • 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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    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
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    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.

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    Posted Mar 9, 2019, 2:49 AM by Sara Topciu
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