International Journal of Social Research


“But you are a woman. You do not count.” Does The Woman Count? A Study of Chimanande Ngozi Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus

Review Article of International Journal of Social Research “But you are a woman. You do not count.” Does The Woman Count? A Study of Chimanande Ngozi Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus Ima Usen Emmanuel Department of English, University of Uyo-Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria In many parts of Africa and in Nigerian in particular cultural obligations continues to traumatize the woman in many ways thus seeking to cripple her economically and to overpower her psychologically in spite of the woman’s self-actualization. This paper set out to re-assess Papa Nnukwu’s utterance to Aunty Ifeoma: “But you are a woman. You do not count,” in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus. Irrespective of Aunty Ifeoma’s selfless sacrifice to Papa Nnukwu as against Eugene’s total neglect of him, Papa Nnukwu still privileges father/son relationship which guarantees the transmission of patriarchal powers, its laws, its discourses and its social structures. The paper examined the topic using the feminist theory with particular reference to African Feminism. The paper re-affirmed the relevance of the woman within the family and society, and summarizes that the woman is indispensable in parenting which involves: nurturing, caring, and inculcating religions, moral values and discipline in the child. As a womanist Aunty Ifeoma shouldered the responsibility of the family morally, economically and psychologically. Unlike the uncompromising Eugene, Aunty Ifeoma negotiated with her family members for harmonious co-existence without over-looking discipline. She was also the sole sustenance of Papa Nnukwu in his life and in his death. As an individual she was highly educated, and as an accommodationist she communally bonded positively with the advantaged and the disadvantaged in society. The paper is of the opinion that the utterance of Papa Nnukwu was as obsolete as Papa himself who clanged to an archaic religion without followers. From the forgoing the woman is indispensable to the development ...

Exploring the need for government energy policy-makers to consider social impacts

Research Article of International Journal of Social Research Exploring the need for government energy policy-makers to consider social impacts 1Jane Wilson, RN*, 2Carmen M Krogh, BScPharm, 3Grace Howell, Med, EdD 1Ontario, Canada 2Independent Health Researcher, 1183 Cormac Road, RR4, Killaloe, Ontario, Canada, K0J 2A0 3Instructor, Social Foundations EDUC 5007, Western University Faculty of Education, Room 1113A, 1137 Western Rd., London, ON N6G 1G7, 519-661-2111 ext. 88619 As governments around the world aim to develop and enact policies that promote benefits to the public good, there is an increasing need to identify and acknowledge the social impacts of such policies. In some cases, the social impacts may be unexpected. An example is the social impact related to renewable energy policies, particularly as related to industrial-scale wind power generation. In Ontario, Canada, the push toward large-scale or utility-scale wind power development has resulted in: economic change; social discontent in some affected rural communities; and, concerns about adverse health effects. If the usual avenues of social input to decision-making processes have been removed by legislation, an imposed government policy may result in loss of confidence and, despite the government’s good intentions, may not achieve the intended outcome. While citizens may protest that a policy has inflicted significant social change without consent, some governments may maintain that the overarching goal of environmental benefit outweighs social concerns. This article explores the social impact of wind energy development in Ontario, Canada’s rural communities, and suggests a greater role for social research in informing future policy development. Keywords: Renewable energy, wind turbines, government policy, informed consent, social impact ...

Current Situation of Basic Education in Poverty-stricken Counties of China in the New Era and New Rural Construction

Research Article of International Journal of Social Research Current Situation of Basic Education in Poverty-stricken Counties of China in the New Era and New Rural Construction -Take County Zijin of Heyuan City in Guangdong Province as an example Zhou Zhiwu Academy of Marxism, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Guangzhou, China Basic education in rural areas is an important part of China’s basic education system. It plays a significant role in improving the quality of the rural population and promoting the economic and social development in rural areas, and is of great importance to the new countryside construction. Although China’s rural basic education has made great achievements since reform and opening up, many problems still exist. On the basis of a comprehensive analysis of the above problems, this paper takes the case of basic education in County Zijin of Heyuan City as an example, and proposes some practical countermeasures for the reference in better development of basic education in rural areas. Keywords: Basic education, Current situation, Countermeasures, New Rural Construction ...

Contradictions in Christianity

Review Article of International Journal of Social Research Contradictions in Christianity Kuang-ming Wu The traditional Christianity shows itself full of contradictions when we casually look into it. Is it itself cracked to begin with? Upon reflection, we realize that its contradictions actually show how much beyond all our human wits and logic the Beyond-all is. This realization clues us into looking again, and Christianity then reveals itself with many levels of depths of love and justice in God our Creator. This paper instantiates some of these stunning revelations unnoticed before. Keywords: contradictions, love, justice, actuality ...

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