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  1. Book Reviews and Presentations. [REVIEW]Alexandra Acatrinei & Maximiliano Korstanje - 2016 - Human and Social Studies 5 (3):133-146.
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  2. Thinking Poverty: Basic Codes.Ivan Katzarski - 2016 - Human and Social Studies 5 (3):95-116.
    The present-day viewing of poverty in a predominantly economic perspective is neither “natural”, nor self-evident, nor the only possible viewpoint. The perception of poverty is always part of an integral worldview. This article aims to shed more light on some elements of a somewhat unconscious construction of the world, which predetermine various views on poverty in different societies and civilizations. Here the codes are thought of as the most general ways and modes of perception of social reality, and general strategies (...)
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  3. Actors in Search of Theatre’s Quintessence.Erica Letailleur - 2016 - Human and Social Studies 5 (3):59-76.
    At the border between the fields of anthropology of theatre and phenomenology, this article presents and analyses the answers given by a sample of French theatre actors to an apparently simple question: How would you define your art? One could have been expect a wide range of answers, which would have reflected the infinite multiplicity of perspectives about that subject. Yet unexpectedly, the author deduces from the field investigation she conducted, a common and almost consensual vision of theatre expressed by (...)
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  4. The “Christian Spirit” of Capitalism and the Protestant Reformation, Between Structuralist Analysis and Historical Evidence.Aurelian-Petruș Plopeanu - 2016 - Human and Social Studies 5 (3):117-132.
    For many reasons, it is true that the Protestant Reformation unleashed the forces that lay behind the emergence of capitalism. Such a system was compatible with the emancipation of individuals, their mentalities, due to specific societal reforms and transformations. Therefore, it gave birth, in an unprecedented way, to a “new form of capitalism”. But the main idea I want to stress in this article is that the capitalist ethos was present before the Reformation, many centuries ago, in what is called (...)
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    Textual Anastomosis: About the Vanishing Body and the Resurrection of a Character. A Transversal Reading of Black Water and Mudwoman by Joyce Carol Oates.Andreea Pop - 2016 - Human and Social Studies 5 (3):77-92.
    In 1992, the much acclaimed prolific American writer Joyce Carol Oates publishes Black Water – a very harsh and condensed literary reenactment of a gruesome event having taken place more than twenty years before and known as the “Chappaquiddick incident”. Another twenty years later, through her 2012 novel Mudwoman, the author seems to revisit the topic that had haunted her for decades. This paper aims at establishing a certain narrative pattern connecting the two novels not only thematically, but also phantasmatically: (...)
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    The Post-Literary Era, Leonardo’s Paradigm From Comparative Cultural Studies to Post-Literary Study. Gilles Deleuze and Central-European Thought. Post-Literature. [REVIEW]Constantin Severin - 2016 - Human and Social Studies 5 (3):39-55.
    The idea to write this essay came after I studied, almost in the same period, the works of two major contemporary philosophers: the US-American Michael Heim, known as the best theorist of virtual reality, and the French Gilles Deleuze. At the beginning of the new millennium, I have noticed many challenging transformations in art and literature, influenced by the emerging of the new technologies and the self-transformation that it is currently undergoing. This was the major reason I tried to launch (...)
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  7. The Socio-Linguistic Paradox of Goa.Luís Filipe F. R. Thomaz - 2016 - Human and Social Studies 5 (3):15-38.
    This article sets out to explore the socio-linguistic situation of Goa, a small territory corresponding to the former district of Goa of the Portuguese Estado da Índia, occupied and annexed by India in 1961. Goa had to choose between local language, Konkani, and the language of the neighbouring state of Maharashtra, i. e., Marathi, which was traditionally used as a cultural language by the Hindus of Goa, who nowadays form the large majority of the population. Even if virtually every Goan (...)
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  8. The Schengen Space and the Primary Form of the European Legal Humanism. Revisiting Tony Honoré’s Opus, Ulpianus. Pioneer of Human Rights.Valeriu Ciucă - 2016 - Human and Social Studies 5 (2):23-39.
    The author proposes here “the first Romanian attempt at a hermeneutic systematization of the philosophy of European law”, a field that is approached from an organic, integrating perspective. It has to be seen as a synchronic lectio magistralis on the ineluctable role of the spiritual roots when deciphering and assuming national identity. The complicated “euronomosophical” discourse, whose beginning is an excellent page of self-history about the “Europe” of the author, voices an appeal to a deeper self-knowledge. A complex, dynamic reality: (...)
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  9. Religiosity Versus Spirituality in the Contemporary Nigerian Gospel Music.Floribert Patrick Calvain Endong - 2016 - Human and Social Studies 5 (2):116-132.
    There have been remarkable evolutions in the Nigerian gospel music industry for the past decades. These revolutions have led to the emergence and survival of various modern and controversial musical cultures/traditions, modes and performances including worldliness and paganism in the industry. In view of these relatively nefarious musical cultures, a good number of scholars and observers tend to arguably redefine and brand Christian communication in general and Nigerian gospel music in particular. It is in following this premise that this paper (...)
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    Post-Mortem Photography: The Edge Where Life Meets Death?Silvia Iorio, Marta Licata & Melania Borgo - 2016 - Human and Social Studies 5 (2):103-115.
    Why would we ever take a picture of a dead person? This practice began as a way to perpetuate the image of the deceased, rendering their memory eternal – Victorians thought that it could be useful to have portraits of their dead loved ones. Certainly, subjects in post-mortem photos will be remembered forever. However, we must ask two more questions. Are they people portrayed as if they were still alive? Or on the other hand, are they bodies that represent death? (...)
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  11. Mainstream Media Discourse! Or the Divine Word of the Postmodern?Yasser Rhimi - 2016 - Human and Social Studies 5 (2):40-73.
    This paper calls into question the growing tendency of quasi-absolutism within postmodern mainstream media discourse under the guise of objectivity. The tendency’s major aim is to ascribe more believability to its discourse by re-presenting that which it covers as the vehicle of objective truth to the mainstream audience. Two interweaving discourses have marked such objectivity: one in the form of indoctrinating and omnipresent narratives, which via effective propaganda become tantamount to ritualism, the other epitomised in the nostalgia for rationalisation, already (...)
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  12. Symmetrical Geometry of Flowers in Art and Nature “The Triumphal Entry of Jesus Into Jerusalem”.Cristian Ungureanu - 2016 - Human and Social Studies 5 (2):90-99.
    The aim of our study is to highlight the obvious similarities that exist between the organizational structures of the biological world, particularly in terms of the number and distribution of the petals on flower and the geometric configurations used by the great masters of European painting, both in the East but also in the West, in order to elaborate the compositional framework of paintings and icons. Taking into consideration the symbolic connotations concerning the field of biology, we chose as a (...)
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  13. To Communicate is to Negotiate.Dominique Wolton - 2016 - Human and Social Studies 5 (2):13-22.
    Considering that the beginning of the 21st century saw the emergence of a third meaning of the word “to communicate” – to negotiate, the author sets out to explore the challenges it supposes in today’s dangerous, multipolar world, where the respect for alterity and the construction of cohabitation have become the keys of peace and war. The author concludes that the political challenge of communication in the 21st century will be to enable the peaceful cohabitation of the same and the (...)
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  14. The Transfiguration of the Real in Abstract Painting.Jean-Jacques Wunenburger - 2016 - Human and Social Studies 5 (2):77-89.
    This article challenges a series of assumptions associated with abstract painting, arguing that this type of art makes one understand a visual manifestation which does no longer refer to the visible world only, but also to an intelligible world, accessible to the senses. Non-figurative painting abandons the reproduction of the visible, in order to present us with the invisible, and in order to account for this phenomenon the author elaborates three types of philosophical decision to interpret the mode of being (...)
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    Between Logos and Doxa: The Intelligence of a Machine.German A. Duarte - 2016 - Human and Social Studies 5 (1):113-134.
    This paper deals with Parmenides of Elea’s way of inquiry about reality and the opposition emerging from it. In more detail, it analyses how Parmenides’ concepts of logos and doxa present some analogies with Bergson’s thoughts about duration and Time and how these theories influenced the understanding of visual media, especially the cinematographic camera. This survey will allow us to demonstrate that some scientific theories about space that accompanied the development of the cinematographic camera progressively allowed for the birth of (...)
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    Recalculating the White Page-GPS Love in Comme Dans Un Film des Frères Coen.Valerie Hastings - 2016 - Human and Social Studies 5 (1):53-72.
    Hastings reads the novel Comme dans un film des frères Coen by Bertrand Gervais as addressing both the midlife and the blank page crisis. Indeed, the main character of this novel is a writer in his fifties who still suffers from the failure of his last novel ignored by the critics. Disenchanted, he slowly enters a world of fantasy, and falls in love with the voice of his GPS he called Gwyneth “parle trop” therefore recalling the name of the actress (...)
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  17. Editorial. Truth and Knowledge.Simona Modreanu - 2016 - Human and Social Studies 5 (1):7-10.
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    The White Creole in Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea : A Woman in Passage.Imen Mzoughi - 2016 - Human and Social Studies 5 (1):88-110.
    Studies on Jean Rhys have been fragmentary concentrating on one or two aspects of Rhys’s thematic concern with the alienation of the white creole without laying emphasis on Rhys’s exploration of the Creole’s identity. There has been no attempt to examine if the creole has to struggle harder and more than whites and blacks to come to terms with her personal identity until now. The answer is affirmative because the creole is a composite human being. Indeed, the white creole is (...)
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  19. Exploring the Infra-Ordinary.Catrinel Popa - 2016 - Human and Social Studies 5 (1):73-87.
    This article aims at analyzing the relationship between intertextual and autobiographical memory in Georges Perec and Radu Cosaşu’s writings, revealing several of their characteristics, similarities and paradoxes. Starting from the assumption that almost every book Georges Perec ever wrote, carries the stamp of his struggle to construct a plural identity, and that for Cosaşu the identity “quest” is central, too, I intend to demonstrate that obliquity represents in both situations a key-concept. Moreover, when reading their childhood recollections, Georges Perec’s notes (...)
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    Vulnerability at the Heart of the Ethical Implications of New Biotechnologies.Pascal Salin - 2016 - Human and Social Studies 5 (1):13-29.
    Human activities have become more and more internationalized in the course of recent decades and globalization is a major fact of our time. Latest changes in economics, politics and technology are not always well understood and well accepted. Many people consider globalization as detrimental since it is assumed that it destroys jobs in developed countries because of the alleged competition from low-wage countries, and that it could lead to a “standardization” of lifestyles and even cultures. Some wrongly believe that given (...)
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  21. Women’s Status Among Households in Southern Ethiopia: Survey of Autonomy and Power.Gete Tsegaye & Nigatu Regassa - 2016 - Human and Social Studies 5 (1):30-50.
    This study examined two key dimensions of women’s status in Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region of Ethiopia based on regional data collected from five randomly selected zones and one city administration; namely, Sidama, Hadya, Gamo Gofa, South Omo, Bench Maji and Hawassa City Administration. The analysis revealed that while joint decision is fairly high, women’s independent decision making on key household domains is generally low. Significant proportions of women in the region are exposed to violence by their partners ranging (...)
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