Jane Haile published in Social Sciences 1st Feb '16:LITTLE EMPERORS & MATERIAL GIRLS:SEX & YOUTH IN MODERN CHINA - "BARE BRANCHES" & "LEFTOVER WOMEN"
At the end of 2015 China announced the end of its One Child Family policy , established some 35 years ago. The Communist leadership credits this policy with having prevented arou... View full article
Jane Haile published in Social Sciences 24th Jan '16:WHY IS CHILDBIRTH SUCH A PAIN ?
We can say that the ability to conceive and bear children is the last frontier of gender equality; it is possibly the least contested arena & the best illustration of the words of the Edward Koren cartoon in the New Yorker ‘Despite my best efforts you’re still the man and I’m still the ...View full article
Jane Haile published in Social Sciences 24th Jan '16:THE NEW FEMINISM: MAKING WAVES OR BONFIRES? AND DO WE NEED A NEW NAME FOR A BIGGER & MORE VARIEGATED ROSE?
What does feminism's new celebrity look like? Most obviously, it looks like Emma Watson and the queasily-named HeforShe campaign(2). Other celebrities -Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, and Karl Lagerfeld to take just three examples - have also publically espoused the cause.... with varying degrees of cr...
Jane Haile published in Social Sciences 12th Jan '16:CURVOLOGY: A "SCIENTIFIC" EXPLORATION OF THE FEMALE BODY SHAPE (1)
Curvology purports to take us on "a scientific journey into the evolution of women's bodies and what that means for their brains"(2). Engagingly, David Bainbridge attempts to diffuse the unease or scepticism generated by the title by stating his credentials and limitations for this task ...View full article
Graham Leonard published in Social Sciences 26th Oct '15:BEHIND MALCOLM X’s SECOND CONVERSION TO ISLAM
None of what has been published about Malcolm X’s conversion from The Nation of Islam to Sunni (mainstream) Islam discusses the period between Malcolm’s Pilgrimage to Mecca and his announcement of that change which ten months later cost him his life. The diaries, auctioned in March 2002, purport... View full article
Graham Leonard published in Social Sciences 22nd Sep '15:GREAT EFFORTS for SCHOOL EDUCATION: 1957-1969
Introduction In October, 1957, the writer was on his honeymoon on a ship in the Atlantic when the USSR’s “Sputnik” crossed the sky every six hours, like a slow moving shooting-star. That the Russians’ rockets had put a satellite into space before the USA caused panic in American poli... View full article
Graham Leonard published in Social Sciences 3rd Sep '15:WHAT ARE THE ESSENCES OF LIBERAL ARTS THAT CHANGE STUDENTS’ LIVES?
The essences of a broad, general education, the Liberal Arts, do not lie solely in the variety or contrasts in subjects studied so much as by the ways in which those subjects are taught/learned—or are those essences essentially “caught” from the example of the teachers/mentors? When trying to ... View full article
Graham Leonard published in Social Sciences 23rd Feb '15:WHY MIDDLE EAST CULTURES FIT POORLY INTO NATION STATES
Definition Islam makes no provision for separate national states. Even the Shari’ah (c. 900 CE) makes no mention of individual states or relations between states, not even Muslim ones. Islam envisions a universal state---“Ummah al Islamiah.” That dream did not die with Ataturk’s abol... View full article
Ahmad Y Majdoubeh published in Social Sciences 17th May '14:Globalization as a Threat
A lot of people in the Arab World, and the situation is very similar across the so-called Third World, have a negative view of globalization, even a great fear or phobia of it. Many of them equate globalization with Americanization, seeing it as part and parcel of America’s imperialism or hegemony... View full article
Graham Leonard published in Social Sciences 17th May '14:INDIVIDUAL OR GROUP IDENTITY?
Origins From the time humans formed groups for hunting, gathering, they emphasized the importance of the group over individual interests (except possibly the interests of a dominant leader)—as essential for human survival. Social obligations, created to respect the group, ended up limiting... View full article