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Presentation : Social Psychology of Social Shopping | Social Commerce Today

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"To Peter Turchin, who studies population dynamics at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, the appearance of three peaks of political instability at roughly 50-year intervals is not a coincidence. For the past 15 years, Turchin has been taking the mathematical techniques that once allowed him to track predator–prey cycles in forest ecosystems, and applying them to human history. He has analysed historical records on economic activity, demographic trends and outbursts of violence in the United States, and has come to the conclusion that a new wave of internal strife is already on its way. (...)

 

Turchin's approach — which he calls cliodynamics after Clio, the ancient Greek muse of history — is part of a groundswell of efforts to apply scientific methods to history by identifying and modelling the broad social forces that Turchin and his colleagues say shape all human societies. It is an attempt to show that “history is not 'just one damn thing after another'”, says Turchin, paraphrasing a saying often attributed to the late British historian Arnold Toynbee. (...)

Turchin and his allies contend that the time is ripe to revisit general laws, thanks to tools such as nonlinear mathematics, simulations that can model the interactions of thousands or millions of individuals at once, and informatics technologies for gathering and analysing huge databases of historical information. (...) Turchin and his colleagues are systematically collecting historical data that span centuries or even millennia — and the mathematical analysis of how the variables interact. (...)

 

The researchers found that two trends dominate the data on political instability. The first, which they call the secular cycle, extends over two to three centuries. It starts with a relatively egalitarian society, in which supply and demand for labour roughly balance out. In time, the population grows, labour supply outstrips demand, elites form and the living standards of the poorest fall. At a certain point, the society becomes top-heavy with elites, who start fighting for power. Political instability ensues and leads to collapse, and the cycle begins again. (...)

 

We find that there is a consistent pattern of higher frequencies at low magnitudes, and lower frequencies at high magnitudes, that follows a precise mathematical formula.” But when it comes to predicting unique events such as the Industrial Revolution, or the biography of a specific individual such as Benjamin Franklin, he says, the conventional historian's approach of assembling a narrative based on evidence is still best."


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The myths around divorce and gold-digging wives obscure the reality

The myths around divorce and gold-digging wives obscure the reality | Social Issues Mag | Scoop.it
Joanna Moorhead: Women are usually left worse off financially than their exes, contrary to the stereotype portrayed in the media
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Parents play critical role in Emirati women’s career choices, UAE study shows

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Sudan and Egypt implicated in human trafficking

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Since 2009, hundreds and possibly thousands of refugees, most of them Eritrean, have been kidnapped in eastern Sudan and sold to traffickers in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, where they are held and tortured until their relatives can raise tens of thousands of dollars in ransom money. According to a report released on 11 February by Human Rights Watch (HRW), security forces in Sudan and Egypt have either turned a blind eye to this violent trade in men, women and children or, in some cases, colluded with the traffickers.
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Good Enough? That’s Great

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How couples deal with long-term relationships that inevitably grow short on excitement.

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Towards a Sociology of Marriage

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Canadian Council of Muslim Women: Women in Niqab Speak: A Study of the Niqab in Canada

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Printable, Foldable Shoes Could Solve World's Footwear Shortage

Printable, Foldable Shoes Could Solve World's Footwear Shortage | Social Issues Mag | Scoop.it
There are probably at least four pairs of shoes in your closet right now. Consider yourself lucky, because more than 300 million people in developing nations do not even own one...
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Robert Bellah, Sociologist of Religion Who Mapped the American Soul, Dies at 86

Robert Bellah, Sociologist of Religion Who Mapped the American Soul, Dies at 86 | Social Issues Mag | Scoop.it
Mr. Bellah was widely credited with helping usher the study of religion — a historically marginalized subject in the social sciences — into the sociological fold.
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Kids with Learning Disabilities have many Abilities Too

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Yousuf’s (name changed) entry to year six spelled disaster for him and his family.
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Social Proof: The Glue That Holds Social Media Marketing Together

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Social proof is a fundamental concept to understand when discussing social media marketing but too many businesses are missing the point.


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Sustainable Development - Are Gender Norms Changing? 4,000 Women and Men in 20 Countries Weigh In

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It's About Time for the Men to Step Up! | Promoting dialogue on development in South Asia

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“Old enough to know better?” The decline of deviance in the young » Sociology Lens

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Dark thoughts: why mental illness is on the rise in academia

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University staff battling anxiety, poor work-life balance and isolation aren't finding the support they need
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Childinfo.org: Statistics by Area - Child marriage - Statistical table

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Percentage of Young Women Aged 20–24 Who Were First Married/In Union Before the Age of 18

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Lebanon: the future is now - learning world

Educational reform in Lebanon is going slowly; schools are struggling and both teachers and... euronews, the most watched news channel in Europe Subscribe fo...
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NetAppVoice: The Real Problem In Working From Home (It's Not What You Think)

NetAppVoice: The Real Problem In Working From Home (It's Not What You Think) | Social Issues Mag | Scoop.it
If you give employees the right to telework, be careful! The very technology that enables telecommuting and working from home could be destroying its value.
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Biggest Gender Gap in Earnings: Countries - Bloomberg Best and Worst

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Find out who's number one on Bloomberg best and worst lists. Read interactive rankings on business, economics, lifestyle, investing, personal finance, politics and education.
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Artworks - Home

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Welcome to ArtWorks

ArtWorks brings together the ILO and artists committed to promoting fundamental rights in the world of work.

Work and art are part of the human condition. From the first time that human beings gathered food, or built themselves shelter, or turned a skin pelt into clothing, work has been an integral part of our lives.

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On-Norms-Agency-Book.pdf

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" ... findings on the state of gender relations in a new study that convened focus groups involving more than 4,000 men and women from a range of ages, economic mixes, and rural and urban communities in 20 countries."

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