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SOCIAL ECONOMY IN SLOVENIA – EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES Print E-mail

Aleksandra Tabaj 

Abstract

People with disabilities are one of the most vulnerable groups in the labour market. Comparing to people without disabilities, their unemployment rates are higher, possibilities for employment lower. One of the important factors is also discrimination, visible and non-visible at labour market. Therefore, countries promote employment possibilities of persons with disabilities with specific regulations and programmes. In Slovenia, after 2006 new form of employment possibilities in social economy arised – employment centers. In ten years, more than 40 employment centers were established with over 440 employed people with severe disabilities. The article presents main charachteristics of the employed persons with disabilities in employed centers and SWOT analysis for further developing this important subject.

Key words: employment, persons with disabilities, social economy

Ph.d. Aleksandra Tabaj is the head of the Development Centre of Employment Rehabilitation at University Rehabilitation Institute Republic of Slovenia (aleksandra.tabaj (at) ir-rs.s)

Cite this article:
Aleksandra Tabaj. SOCIAL ECONOMY IN SLOVENIA – EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES . Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.10, no.2:7-19, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2017-no2-art1

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THE SOCIOLOGICAL VIEW OF A LATE-MODERN INDIVIDUAL'S IDENTITY Print E-mail

Andrej Kovačič, Nevanka Podgornik

Abstract

The passage into a late modern society means the exclusion of a person from his traditional relations, religious systems and social relationships. To an individual the exposure to risks, which were unknown to the traditional pre-modern society, represent vulnerability, especially regarding interpersonal relationships and the possibility of one’s self- modernization. We start from the assumption that phenomena as riskiness, uncertainty, anxiety, unhappiness and disconnectedness are immanent to risk society and that the modern structure of society creates individuals with an unclear and unstable identity. This manifests itself in a form of numerous emotional distresses and thus consequently can make personal distresses a sociological, aggregate phenomenon as well as individual mental health problem.

Key words: late-modern, identity, individualization, ontological safety, mental health

Andrej Kovačič, Ph.D. is a researcher at the Faculty of Media (Ljubljana, Slovenia). He is an active coach and chief executive manager of VEGA (scientific publishing company) and several business companies.

 

Nevenka Podgornik, Ph.D. is an assistant professor at the School for advanced social studies where she carries out pedagogical and research work. According to the professional educational profile she is a psychotherapist with a degree in reality psychotherapy and hold a European degree in psychotherapy. She researches issues regarding relationships, problems related to various addictions and other mental health problems, and educational approaches.

Cite this article:
Andrej Kovačič, Nevenka Podgornik. THE SOCIOLOGICAL VIEW OF A LATE-MODERN INDIVIDUAL'S IDENTITY . Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.10, no.2:20-41, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2017-no2-art2

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PSYCHOSOCIAL APPROACH TO MIGRANTS – CURRENT STATE, ISSUES AND IMPROVEMENT POSSIBILITIES Print E-mail

Jana Krivec, Tea Golob 

Abstract

Through history, people have always been migrating. Nowadays however, the number of migrants in Europe has reached its peak and the cultural diversity between migrants and the hosting society has never been so great. This is a new and challenging situation which demands a proper psychosocial approach in order to cope with all the issues necessary to successfully integrate migrants into the hosting society. First in line are the field experts, who have to be properly educated and trained. In the article, we address the view of the experts on their work, discover what are the typical issues they have to deal with, their attitude towards the migrants and emphasize the important aspects that have to be included in psychosocial treatment of migrants from different cultural backgrounds. The issues and improvement possibilities for the inclusion of migrants into the hosting society are also discussed. Nevertheless, the time has come when no one can close his eyes that much that migrants will disappear. Therefore, it is time to accept the difference with respect, try to help migrants and include them into the local community.

Key words: migrants, psychosocial treatment, current state, issues, improvement

Jana Krivec, assistant professor, Department of Psychotherapy, School of Advanced Social Studies Nova Gorica
 

Tea Golob, assistant professor, Institute for Social Transformations, School of Advanced Social Studies Nova Gorica

Cite this article:
Jana Krivec, Tea Golob. PSYCHOSOCIAL APPROACH TO MIGRANTS – CURRENT STATE, ISSUES AND IMPROVEMENT POSSIBILITIES. Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.10, no.2:42-61, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2017-no2-art3

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THE VIEWS OF TEACHERS AND PARENTS ON THE TASKS OF ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION IN THE SLOVENIAN PRESCHOOLS Print E-mail

Jurka Lepičnik Vodopivec

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In the present article we present the views of teachers and parents on the task of environmental education in preschool in socio-emotional area. We have found that both with teachers and with parents of children included in preschool it is for the most part possible to empirically identify the theoretical structure of the tasks of environmental education in preschool in socio-emotional area (cooperation, conflict resolution, self-determination, independence, and positive self-image).

On the sample of 164 teachers and 245 parents we applied the procedure of factor analysis to examine the dimensions of socio-emotional area of environmental education. We found parents prefer the following tasks: cooperation, positive self-image, subordination to adults, and orientation to success. In teachers’ opinion in this area the following tasks are important:  cooperation, positive self-image, encouraging independence, and self-determination.

Key words: Preschool teachers, parents, views, environmental education, tasks.

Ph.D. Jurka Lepičnik Vodopivec,  full professor of pedagogy, Department of Educational Sciences, University of Primorska, Faculty of Education, Koper, Slovenia (jurka.lepicnik(at)pef.upr.si)

Cite this article:
Jurka Lepičnik Vodopivec. THE VIEWS OF TEACHERS AND PARENTS ON THE TASKS OF ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION IN THE SLOVENIAN PRESCHOOLS. Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.10, no.2:62-79, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2017-no2-art4

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MULTIPLE-CLASS EXISTENCE, CORRUPTION AND TRUST IN SOUTH AFRICA Print E-mail

Evangelos Mantzaris, Theodore Tsekeris, Charalambos Tsekeris

Abstract

Corruption in South Africa has been a major issue in the traditional and new media during the last few years. However, only a small number of researchers in various fields, from public administration and social policy to law and urban studies, have attempted to change the existing empirical understanding on this issue. In this sense, empirical socio-economic realities, associated in most cases to the realm of organizational behavior, financial system dynamics and power relations, intertwine in the effort to analyze and interpret corruption. The present article aims at examining beliefs, attitudes and perceptions of a multi-class sample of Black African South Africans living in the Western Cape within the Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality, which is the only province in the country governed by the official opposition, the Democratic Alliance (DA). The sample consists of two groups: one of people who live in an established middle class area and the other in an informal settlement. The analysis of data obtained from a semi-structured questionnaire showed that, although the existing social differences amongst the groups, they both show a high degree of mistrust towards the institutions and have largely negative attitudes towards the corruptive behavior of politicians and governing agents with a small number of exceptions.

Key words: corruption, perceptions, government, class differences, South Africa

Evangelos Mantzaris - Anti-Corruption Center for Education and Research (ACCERUS), Stellenbosch University, Western Cape, South Africa. Email: Evangelos.Mantzaris(at)spl.sun.ac.za

Theodore Tsekeris - Centre of Planning and Economic Research (KEPE), Athens, Greece; ACCERUS, Stellenbosch University, Western Cape, South Africa. E-mail: tsek(at)kepe.gr

Charalambos Tsekeris - Research Centre for Greek Society, Academy of Athens, Greece; ACCERUS, Stellenbosch University, Western Cape, South Africa. Email: tsekeris(at)gmail.com (corresponding author)

Cite this article:
Evangelos Mantzaris, Theodore Tsekeris, Charalambos Tsekeris. MULTIPLE-CLASS EXISTENCE, CORRUPTION AND TRUST IN SOUTH AFRICA. Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.10, no.2:80-97, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2017-no2-art5

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