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Handbook of Research on Political Activism in the Information Age

Technology, and particularly the Internet, has caused many changes in the realm of politics. Mainstream media no longer has a monopoly on political commentary as social media, blogs, and user-generated video streaming sites have emerged as an outlet for citizens and political activists to openly voice their opinions, organize political demonstrations, and network online.

The Handbook of Research on Political Activism in the Information Age includes progressive research from more than 39 international experts at universities and research institutions across 15 different countries. Each of the 25 scholarly chapter contributions focus on topics pertaining to the application of information technology, engineering, and mathematics to political activism. Through its analysis of the methods for political activism in the information age, the effectiveness of these methods, as well as emerging analytical tools, this book is designed for use by researchers, activists, political scientists, engineers, computer scientists, journalists, professors, students and professionals working in the fields of politics, e-government, media and communications, and Internet marketing.

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Written by Giorgio Bertini

January 12, 2016 at 10:50 am

Human Rights Podcast – exploring new perspectives

There has never been a more important time to talk about human rights! And talk about it is what I plan to do, not in a lecture hall, not at a conference with other academics, but in a podcast series. Here’s why, on International Human Rights Day, I am launching a podcast site with the simple aim of creating sound evidence on human rights and getting our thinking about human rights on the right track.

On International Human Rights Day, Todd Landman describes the launch of a new podcast series. The podcast has a simple aim: to provide sound evidence on human rights in an accessible format. Human rights scholarship has advanced tremendously in the late 20th and early 21st century. The podcast format allows the listener to engage with human rights research differently. You will learn about why people are doing this research, what the find, and why this really matters for the world.

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Written by Giorgio Bertini

December 13, 2015 at 10:46 am

Peering at Open Peer Review

Peer review is an essential part of the modern scientific process. Sending manuscripts for others to scrutinize is such a widespread practice in academia that its importance cannot be overstated. Since the late eighteenth century, when the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society pioneered editorial review, virtually every scholarly outlet has adopted some sort of pre-publication assessment of received works. Although the specifics may vary, the procedure has remained largely the same since its inception: submit, receive anonymous criticism, revise, restart the process if required. A recent survey of APSA members indicates that political scientists overwhelmingly believe in the value of peer review (95%) and the vast majority of them (80%) think peer review is a useful tool to keep themselves up to date with cutting-edge research. But do these figures suggest that journal editors can rest upon their laurels and leave the system as it is? Not quite.

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Written by Giorgio Bertini

December 11, 2015 at 12:25 pm

New Frontiers in Social Innovation Research

Interest in social innovation continues to rise, from governments setting up social innovation ‘labs’ to large corporations developing social innovation strategies. Yet theory lags behind practice, and this hampers our ability to understand social innovation and make the most of its potential. This collection brings together work by leading social innovation researchers globally, exploring the practice and process of researching social innovation, its nature and effects. Combining theoretical chapters and empirical studies, it shows how social innovation is blurring traditional boundaries between the market, the state and civil society, thereby developing new forms of services, relationships and collaborations. It takes a critical perspective, analyzing potential downsides of social innovation that often remain unexplored or are glossed over, yet concludes with a powerful vision of the potential for social innovation to transform society. It aims to be a valuable resource for students and researchers, as well as policymakers and others supporting and leading social innovation.

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Written by Giorgio Bertini

December 3, 2015 at 2:52 pm

Social Science Parks: Society’s New Super Labs

This paper introduces a practical innovation in facilitating interdisciplinary social science research and its application: the Social Science Research Park (SPARK). Over the past decade, there has been increasing interest in developing interdisciplinary research that addresses societal problems and so-called “grand challenges”. But the evidence of successfully delivering such interdisciplinarity is weak, particularly when it comes to social science-led research. With this challenge in mind, this essay explores the potential of SPARKs: purpose-built facilities housing applied social science research groups alongside researchers from other disciplines, external research stakeholders and collaborators from the private, public and third sectors. The intention is to create the facilities and physical spaces that encourage creative interaction and promote the adoption of collaborative approaches to research. These in turn provide new insights into practical problems and policy issues and the foundation for discovery leading to economic, public and social innovation.

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Written by Giorgio Bertini

November 18, 2015 at 11:13 am

Peer Review in 2015: A global view

“Within the academic community, peer review is widely recognized as being at the heart of scholarly research. However, faith in peer review’s integrity is of ongoing and increasing concern to many. It is imperative that publishers (and academic editors) of peer-reviewed scholarly research learn from each other, working together to improve practices in areas such as ethical issues, training, and data transparency ….

Authors, editors and reviewers all agreed that the most important motivation to publish in peer reviewed journals is making a contribution to the field and sharing research with others…
Playing a part in the academic process and improving papers are the most important motivations for reviewers…
Most researchers, across the humanities and social sciences and science, technology and medicine, rate the benefit of the peer review process towards improving their article as 8 or above out of 10…
In an ideal world, there is agreement that peer review should detect plagiarism …
Researchers thought there was a low prevalence of gender bias but higher prevalence of regional and seniority bias…
Most researchers wait between one and six months for an article they’ve written to undergo peer review, yet authors (not reviewers / editors) think up to two months is reasonable…

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Written by Giorgio Bertini

November 13, 2015 at 2:22 pm

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Doing Foucault in Early Childhood Studies: Applying Post-structural Ideas

This book draws on a broad range of poststructural and postcolonial thinkers, and pays particular attention to the intersections of race, class and gender. Within this theoretical framework, it shows the important contribution that Foucault and other poststructural theorists can make to research and practice in early childhood, as well as considering future directions that this application might take. The book uses research-based case studies, drawn from different countries, of practitioners and their work with children and parents. These show how researchers (including practitioners) have brought poststructuralisms into the classroom and used them strategically to reconstruct knowledge-power relationships in classroom practices and relationships. Creating points of resistance to traditional early childhood discourses. Reconstructing pedagogical knowledges and practices and relationships. Privileging social justice and equity intents in practices and relationships. Attending to cultural relations and practices of gender, race and class. Producing new forms of collaboration between practitioner children, the academy, parents and local community. The book will be of interest to trainers, researchers and practitioners who are seeking to develop an understanding of poststructural thinkers and their potential contribution as an important perspective on early childhood.

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Written by Giorgio Bertini

November 12, 2015 at 5:37 pm

Designing Research Autopoietically

How is autopoiesis relevant to designing research? I have found that using the concept of autopoiesis enables me to describe and explain theoretically a way of designing research that I engage in with graduate students. I begin my work with students by directing their attention to already existing deep-seated interests and inviting them to reflect on those interests through writing informally. At the same time, I advise them to read widely, although I rarely advise what to read. I never prescribe how they are to respond to what they read, although their responses are inevitably incorporated into their writing. As they share their writing and receive my responses to which they respond with more writing, we set up an ongoing cycle of writing and responding. Through my prompting, students become self-consciously aware of their already-existing patterns of responding to elements in their environment. They articulate the meanings of those response patterns and come to see how their patterns and meanings construct their interests. This awareness eventually generalizes to an understanding of how response patterns and the meanings made of them construct not only individual interests but also shared social realities. Simultaneously, personal interests are re-articulated as socially relevant research topics, and insights about personal response patterns and meaning making are translated into ways of studying those topics in a larger social context. When students have articulated a topic and a way of studying it, they have in hand a research design.

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Written by Giorgio Bertini

November 9, 2015 at 1:19 pm

The Social Poetics of Relationally Engaged Research

… it is the poet who plays with language, with interpretation, with imagery. It is in juxtaposition to this portrait of the poet, the poem, the poetic that I embrace the move toward a social poetic. Here we move rapidly from the interior of the poet or the particular poetic moment to the relational nexus from which all meaning emerges. No longer are we strapped with a view of the lonely poet or that difficult to capture moment we call poetic. Rather, we recognize that the “genius” of the poet and the ineffability of the poetic moment reside in the discursive resources that have been generated within relationships. Our resources emerge from our communities, from our negotiated ways of coordinating our actions within local moments.

Social poetics describes how participants in relation jointly create meaning and how, in that meaning, the seeds of transformative dialogue are sewn. Research, when viewed as a social poetic, also has the potential to invite transformative dialogue. This view of research, as relationally engaged, is dramatically different from our common understanding of the research process. Yet research is itself another form of conversation. And it is in conversation — in relationally engaged activity — that our worlds are circumscribed. The world can only be “imagined” in language; that is, in what we do together. To cast research as a poetic activity is to call attention to research as a conversation — one that is situated and relational and can therefore expand the array of possibilities — of images — for further forms of social life.

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Contemporary Research on the Anthropology of Money and Finance

Since the 1980s, anthropologists have once more begun to investigate the specific roles that money can play in different social settings. Research on the everyday uses of money in traditional “exotic” fields, but also at “home”, has vividly exposed the limitations of mainstream economics’ theoretical models. Yet, although these studies usually represent their efforts as a critique of neo-liberalism, the horizon of their investigations is still framed by the ethnographic approach. Because ethnographers are still restricted to a local or regional level, they have little to say about the global context of their particular observations. In the last decade, younger anthropologists have flocked to do fieldwork on finance. They have highlighted the importance of religious and moral ideas for financial models and narratives, and how relations in the workplace are linked to the distributive effects of the financial system. Yet these studies still fall short of engaging with money as a fundamental element in the constitution of world society.

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Written by Giorgio Bertini

October 28, 2015 at 7:58 pm

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