Asian Journal of Social Science

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ISSN / EISSN : 1568-4849 / 1568-5314
Published by: Brill Academic Publishers (10.1163)
Total articles ≅ 1,662
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Hashim Thadathil
Asian Journal of Social Science, Volume 48, pp 449-467;

Claiming and representing “True” Islam has been a major preoccupation among the Muslim groups in Kerala in recent times. In a way, this has augmented the Muslim public sphere in which active debates happen, and also breaks with the general understanding of Islam as monolithic in its ideology and practice. This paper attempts to bring precisely this dynamics of Muslim public sphere in Malabar where prominent groups like the Sunni, Jamaat-e-Islami, and Kerala Nadvathul Mujahideen debate constantly over the representation and following of what is called “True Islam.” The claim towards a true Islam is done by each of the groups by claiming authenticity over what they preach and practice. This paper highlights these debates in the context of the academic debates over “True” and “Authenticated” Islam.
Iftikhar Ahmed Charan, Shen Xin, Zezhuang Wang, Dewei Yao
Asian Journal of Social Science, Volume 48, pp 618-642;

Culture always plays an important role in creating and affecting happiness in human beings. This study examined the predictive power of cultural factors of differences in happiness and well-being. It explored how different dimensions of cultural and psychological indices differ in their effects on happiness. Growing evidence suggests that happiness is associated with success in multiple domains, such as work, education, culture, and social relationships. We used both qualitative and quantitative methods to examine the relationship between the various factors of well-being and happiness. This study investigates the relationship between happiness and well-being in cultural and psychological resources through the concept of psychological capital, education, workplace well-being, and perceived happiness. This study compares the personal and group level cultural, social, and economic aspects of the Pakistani community that resides in cities in mainland China. Moreover, the main pillars of workplace happiness were determined to be understanding goals, finding meaning in work, and establishing social relationships at both the personal and group levels. We found that happiness and well-being are strongly associated with the behaviour of the people and leadership.
Kavitha Balakrishnan, Madhubala Bava Harji, Ajitha Angusamy
Asian Journal of Social Science, Volume 48, pp 488-512;

Cultural diversity, which poses both challenges and opportunities in a multicultural education setting, necessitates recognising factors that promote multicultural identities of educators to maximise multicultural attitudes for their wellbeing and performance. This study employs structural equation modelling to examine the determinants of multicultural identities from the perspective of the cognitive-developmental model of social identity integration (CDMII) framework. Categorisation, compartmentalisation, and integration were hypothesised to explain multicultural identity and its effect on well-being and performance. Purposive sampling via survey method involved 288 educators from Malaysian Universities. The findings confirmed that multicultural identity constructs have direct and significant relationship with well-being and well-being has direct and positive relationship with the performance of multicultural team.
Qidong Huang, Jiajun Xu
Asian Journal of Social Science, Volume 48, pp 567-587;

Chinese villages have been historically regarded as autonomous areas without officials from the state. Since the founding of modern China in 1949, the two forces of state and villages that once co-existed and had no influence on each other have produced ever closer relations or even conflicts. The state power has accelerated the process of infiltration into villages in the last decade. Through the observation and research of sand mining in Beicun village, we find that the villagers do not simply resist or obey the state power, but gradually seek the balance between the traditional ritual order and the modern political system. Moreover, with the entry of state power into the village, power dissimilation, such as political favouritism and politicisation of local magnates, are affecting village governance. The key point of reconstructing modern rural political ecology lies in reserving sufficient room for the development of rural conventions under the national political system and in finding balance in the power interactions the state and villages.
Angeliki Andrea Kanavou, Kosal Path
Asian Journal of Social Science, Volume 48, pp 535-566;

This paper explores the social adaptation of 157 former Khmer Rouge (KR) cadres. The cadres lived in relative isolation in the former KR stronghold, the semi-autonomous Anlong Veng, under the leadership of their commander, Chhit Chhoeun (alias Ta Mok). With the help of survey analysis, the paper presents findings regarding the cadres’ traumatisation, their views on assigning responsibility for actions during the genocide (1975–1979), as well as the cadres’ feelings of shame and lack of trust. The cadres demonstrated avoidance and a lack of self-confrontation and, similarly, manifested limited reflection about their individual and collective participation in the genocidal regime of the KR. The paper concludes with the long-lasting impact of thought reform and obedience to authority. Community re-building in post-genocide societies requires efforts at collective rehabilitation of collaborators of genocidal regimes and survivors alike.
Mihye Cho
Asian Journal of Social Science, Volume 48, pp 427-448;

Quality-of-life research leans toward measuring placed-based attributes of a locale while less attention has been given to understanding what people mean by quality of life. This paper reiterates that quality-of-life research is intrinsically about juxtaposing life conditions and life evaluation, thereby unveiling critical issues immanent in a society (Castells, 1983). This paper draws on interviews conducted in public housing neighbourhoods in Singapore to examine the colloquial meanings of quality of life and the normative connotations that people attach to it. It unveils the efforts to reconcile fast and slow and discusses the different temporalities underpinning life domains and how spatial planning could engage with the issue of time to improve quality of life. The Singapore case is insightful to contemplate the challenges of reconciling the increasing needs of going slower amid an accelerated pace of life, which is a contradictory yet pervasive characteristic of life in contemporary capitalist societies.
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