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BUILDING A UNIVERSITY FOUNDERS ORIENTED SPIN-OFF RESEARCH FRAMEWORK Print E-mail

Dolores Modic

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To understand the impact of university founders on (university) spin-offs' success, we must first understand the roles (and functions) of founders, how university founders move through different roles and what is their level of engagement. In the present article I build a university founders oriented research framework; first offering a literature review, next looking at different roles of founders and delving in specific into two issues (lock-out vs. exit strategies and hands on vs. hands off approach). Lastly, I dedicate myself to developing a university oriented spin-off development framework that takes into account various development stages of university spin-offs.

Key words: university spin-offs, spin-offs, academic entrepreneurs, university founders, roles

Dolores Modic is a Fulbright Scholar at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Information Studies (dolores.modic (at) fuds.si).
 

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Modic Dolores. BUILDING A UNIVERSITY FOUNDERS ORIENTED SPIN-OFF RESEARCH FRAMEWORK. Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.8, no.3:148-169, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2015-no3-art08

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MANAGEMENT OF LOCAL FINANCES IN POLITICAL PERSPECTIVES Print E-mail

Uroš Pinterič

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Local finances are subject of only limited debate, connected usually with the unreasonable high expenditures and low efficiency. This situation is then abused for support to the amalgamation or simple reduction of the number of municipalities. In the article we are trying to understand if there is any connection between different perspective on local self-government and the distribution of the finances. The research shows only indirect connection that requires additional study in order to fully confirm that the non-party mayors have different budget management approach. So far the research only confirms this as a possibility which might be strongly dependent on other factors, such as demographic composition of individual municipalities.

Key words: Slovenia, budgetary management, local self-government, independent politics

Assoc. prof. Uroš Pinterič, PhD. is a postdoctoral scholar at Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute of Political Studies.

"The text was financed from Prvouk P17 - Vědy o společnosti, politice a médiích ve výzvách doby"

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Pinteric Uros. MANAGEMENT OF LOCAL FINANCES IN POLITICAL PERSPECTIVES. Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.8, no.3:135-147, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2015-no3-art07

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EMBODIMENT OF CAPOEIRA SKILLS Print E-mail

Urška Habjan

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This article is the result of twenty-one months of fieldwork among the capoeiristas in Brazil, primarily in the city of Salvador, between 2003 and 2013. The fieldwork methodology was based on participant observation. It also included conducting interviews and informal conversations, listening to life stories of locals, and writing a diary. My personal experiences within capoeira and the improvement of my own skills enabled me to better grasp what capoeira is about. By participating, I more fully understood the corporeal strain and pleasure involved in this particular embodied practice.

The socio-economic situation of Brazilian society based on racial and gender discrimination enhances the cultivation of capoeiristic habitus and dictates the need for the acquisition of capoeiristic skills and attitudes in order to cope with, understand, and live within an unequal world. Capoeiristic habitus consists of knowledge, attitudes and skills enabling capoeiristas to stay in tune with the environment of lurking danger, to face with an ambiguous, unstable and uncertain environment. Capoeiristic habitus can be embodied early in life or learnt and acquired as a by-product of capoeira training. But it remains important whether the environment in which a capoeirista practises tolerates or inhibits the cultivation of capoeiristic skills. 

 Key words: capoeira, embodiment, skills, body and mind

Urška Habjan is PhD student of Anthropology

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Habjan Urska. EMBODIMENT OF CAPOEIRA SKILLS. Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.8, no.3:118-134, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2015-no3-art06

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A PEDAGOGUE’S ROLE REGARDING THE INTEGRATION OF A CHILD IN KINDERGARTEN Print E-mail

Jurka Lepičnik Vodopivec, Darja Žikovšek

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For children and their parents, starting kindergarten is an important turning point in life. In this period, it is important that parents, prior starting kindergarten, have a quality consultation with the kindergarten’s pedagogue. With his/hers professional knowledge he/she is competent enough to carry out an education counselling interview with parents of preschool children. Through an education counselling interview, a pedagogue presents all aspects of the problem connected with the start of kindergarten, as well as the optimal way of confronting this event. Hereinafter, we present the results of the research which intention was to study the process, contents, and meaning of introductory education counselling interviews with parents. Further, we wanted to establish the pedagogues’ role in Slovenian kindergartens regarding the integration of a child in kindergarten. We obtained an insight in problems that occur during pedagogues’ work directly in practice and stressed proposals which could better their position. Based on the analysis of data gained by interviewing pedagogues employed in Slovenian kindergartens, we found out that the pedagogues’ role regarding the integration of children in kindergartens is not well known yet.

Key words: kindergarten, pedagogue, integration of a child in kindergarten

Ph.D. Jurka Lepičnik Vodopivec, full professor of pedagogy, Department of Educational Sciences, University of Primorska, Faculty of Education, Koper, Slovenia

Darja Žikovšek, University of Maribor, Faculty of Arts, Koroška cesta 160, 2000 Maribor, Slovenia ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

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Lepicnik Vodopivec Jurka, Zikovsek Darja. A PEDAGOGUE’S ROLE REGARDING THE INTEGRATION OF A CHILD IN KINDERGARTEN. Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.8, no.3:106-117, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2015-no3-art05

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THE COMPETENCIES OF AN INDIVIDUAL IN THE CREATION OF NEW IDEAS IN THE ORGANIZATION Print E-mail

Dana Mesner Andolšek, Anja Jerković

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Purpose of this article is dedicated to addressing innovation from a person – organization point of view where the focus is on the individual and his competencies in the innovation process. Our study focuses on skills that an individual needs to successfully design new innovative ideas. The analysis includes samples from 17 countries and more than 70000 respondents. The results show that social competence, together with work, active and cognitive competence, is very important in creating innovative ideas of employees in the organization.

Key words: innovation, process of innovation, active, work, cognitive and social skills of an individual

Dana Mesner Andolšek is associate Professor of Sociology at Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana (Slovenia) as well as researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana (Slovenia). She delivers courses in Theory of Organization, Knowledge management, Organizational culture and Practical courses.

Anja Jerković, Bachelor degree in Human resource Management, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana

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Mesner Andolsek Dana, Anja  Jerkovic. THE COMPETENCIES OF AN INDIVIDUAL IN THE CREATION OF NEW IDEAS IN THE ORGANIZATION. Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.8, no.3:84-105, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2015-no3-art04

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EFFICIENCY OF READING COMPREHENSION TRAINING IN PUPILS LIVING IN POVERTY Print E-mail

Milena Košak Babuder

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The results of Slovene and foreign studies reveal the connection between literacy levels and the level of education, employment opportunities and consequent socio-economic status of individuals and families. Reading efficiency relating to reading comprehension is an important element of reading literacy performance. The findings of several authors indicate empirical evidence of the existence of deficits and poor reading comprehension in pupils living in poverty and stress the importance of offsetting deficits and developing reading comprehension. Results of both foreign and Slovene studies indicate that the program of reading comprehension should be implemented in this group of pupils.

In the article, we want to present effectiveness of the reading comprehension improvement program in pupils living in poverty. According to the findings of our research, in which we structured and implemented the reading comprehension program for pupils living in poverty with the Metacognitive-intersentential model of reading comprehension, the reading comprehension of the experimental group pupils who participated in the program improved compared to the control group pupils who did not participate in the program. Experimental group pupils also significantly improved correctness of their reading, their vocabulary and skills of verbal expression. When the program ended, we tested its efficiency by applied tests. The results on the manifest variables indicated that the program was good and efficient for pupils who live in poverty and experience reading comprehension problems.

Key words: poverty, literacy, reading comprehension problems, program of reading comprehension

Milena Košak Babuder, PhD is an assistant at the Faculty of Education, Department of Special Education at University of Ljubljana (milena kosak-babuder (at) pef.uni.-lj.si)
 

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Kosak Babuder Milena. EFFICIENCY OF READING COMPREHENSION TRAINING IN PUPILS LIVING IN POVERTY. Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.8, no.3:61-83, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2015-no3-art03

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TRIANGULATION OF METHODS OF CAREER EDUCATION Print E-mail

Marija Turnšek Mikačić

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This paper is an overview of the current research in the field of career education and career planning. Presented results constitute a model based on the insight into different theories and empirical studies about career planning as a building block of personal excellence.  We defined credibility, transferability and reliability of the research by means of triangulation. As sources of data of triangulation we included essays of participants of education and questionnaires. Qualitative analysis represented the framework for the construction of the paradigmatic model and the formulation of the final theory. We formulated a questionnaire on the basis of our own experiences in the area of the education of individuals. The quantitative analysis, based on the results of the interviews, confirms the following three hypotheses:  The individuals who elaborated a personal career plan and acted accordingly, changed their attitudes towards their careers and took control over their lives; in addition, they achieved a high level of self-esteem and self-confidence, in tandem with the perception of personal excellence, in contrast to the individuals who did not participate in career education and did not elaborate a career plan. We used the tools of NLP (neurolinguistic programming) as an additional technique at learning.

Key words: Triangulation, career planning, self-esteem, personal excellence, neurolinguistic programming.

Ph.D. Marija Turnšek Mikačić is a lecturer at the Faculty of Organisation Studies, Novo mesto and Landscape  Governance College, Novo mesto, (marija.turnsek-mikacic (at) cultos.net)

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Turnsek Mikacic Marija. TRIANGULATION OF METHODS OF CAREER EDUCATION. Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.8, no.3:31-60, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2015-no3-art02

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DEMOCRATS, AUTHORITARIANS AND NOSTALGICS:SLOVENIAN ATTITUDES TOWARD DEMOCRACY Print E-mail

Matej Makarovič , Matevž Tomšič

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In this article, the authors deal with one the elements of democratic political culture, i.e. attitudes toward democracy in Slovenia as one of the new EU members from East-Central Europe that only less than two decades ago established both its independent state and a democratic political system. They focus on four such aspects: the general understanding of democracy, attitudes toward democracy, support for democracy, and the level of satisfaction with the functioning of democracy in Slovenia. On the basis of the analysis of data from public-opinion polls, they detect some inconsistencies in Slovenian’s attitudes toward democracy and even the presence of sentiments that are not compatible with democratic norms and principles.

Keywords: democracy, political culture, attitudes, Slovenia

Professor Matej Makarovič, School of Advanced Social Studies in Nova Gorica, matej.makarovic(at)fuds.si

Professor Matevž Tomšič, School of Advanced Social Studies in Nova Gorica, matevz.tomsic(at)fuds.si

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Makarovic Matej, Tomsic Matevz. DEMOCRATS, AUTHORITARIANS AND NOSTALGICS:SLOVENIAN ATTITUDES TOWARD DEMOCRACY. Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.8, no.3:8-30, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2015-no3-art01

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SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN IN THE TOURISM – THE DARK SIDE OF TOURISM Print E-mail

Janez Mekinc , Katarina Music

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The underlying causes of sexual exploitation and prostitution are poverty, inequality between women and men, high population growth and rural - urban migration. Victims are, predominantly, women and children with lower socio-economic status. One particular form of sexual exploitation is child sex tourism. This ruthless exploitation of children can be found throughout the world, predominantly in the third world and developing countries. Children, mainly between the ages of 6 to 14 years, are trapped in a vicious battle between large impoverished families who are dependent on their support, and a society that ruthlessly exploits them. In line with the trend in increasing child exploitation, there is, also, increasing exploitation of children for the purposes of child sex tourism. Based on the analysis of forms, reasons, impacts, consequences and trends of child sex tourism, it has been possible to develop from these findings some necessary measures to prevent this practice from occurring. Analysis of the phenomenon of child sex tourism has highlighted some fundamental conditions for preventing it becoming a social phenomenon. These include the strict implementation of laws against child labour and the political will to enforce them.

Key words: tourism, sexual exploitation of children, child sex tourism, poverty, social discrimination

Ph.D. Janez Mekinc is associate professor and researcher at the University of Primorska, Faculty of Tourism Studies – Turistica ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
Katarina Music is assistant and researcher at the University of Primorska, Faculty of Tourism Studies – Turistica ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

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Mekinc Janez, Music Katarina. SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN IN THE TOURISM – THE DARK SIDE OF TOURISM. Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.8, no.2:64-85, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2015-no2-art04

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THE IMPACT OF ECONOMIC CRISIS ON STABILITY AND QUALITY OF INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP Print E-mail

Maja Kus Ambroz , Dejan Jelovac

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In this article, we developed a model based on the insight into different theories and empirical studies about inpact of economic crisis on intimate relationship. With the economic crisis, the behaviour of individual in a relationship also changed. Increased stress is one of the reactions of individual to the crisis, and this directly or indirectly influences his or her intimate relationship. That impact is manifested as a factor of the decrease of stability and quality of such relationship. As a starting point, we took the fact that the individual in developed western societies is adapted to the mainstream of so-called consumer society, which discourages him or her to strive for the intimate relationship, and the purpose of such relationship is the preservation of family. On the contrary, this encourages individual's selfish principle to satisfy his or her comfort and convenience. We were mainly interested in the individual's reaction to this phenomenon. Based on these findings, we developed the “intimate relationship stress model” (IRSM), which could be used in further empirical studies and psychotherapy practices.

Key words: intimate relationship, economic crisis, stress, relationship stability, relationship quality.

Maja Kus Ambroz is Professor graduated in Philosophy, Slovenian Language and Literature and PhD candidate at School of Advanced Social Studies, Nova Gorica, president of the association “Drustvo Center za psihoterapijo, svetovanje in izobrazevanje Maribor”, independent psychotherapist at the company Psihovital, Maribor, Slovenia; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Prof. Dr. Dejan Jelovac is Full Professor of organisational sciences and business ethics at School of Advanced Social Studies, Nova Gorica; Faculty of Media, Ljubljana and Faculty of Information Studies in Novo mesto, Slovenia; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
 

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Kus Ambroz Maja, Jelovac Dejan. THE IMPACT OF ECONOMIC CRISIS ON STABILITY AND QUALITY OF INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP. Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.8, no.2:86-111, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2015-no2-art05

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AN INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH ON INTERNET MEDIA NEWS REPORTING Print E-mail

Andrej Kovacic

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This article is based on an extended research consisting 7,586 analyzed headlines and short abstracts and opens many important issues issue on how negative feelings are evoked when being exposed to media “news” reporting in media on the internet. Over the period of 35 months - from December 2008 to September 2013 from a random selection among more than 724,000, news from 21 different sources using RSS internet abstracting (television, newspaper and internet) were analyzed. An analysis also includes a comparison of four different languages groups (English, Croatian, German and Slovenian). Results show that overall in all tested media there is a strong negative bias. In addition in International (English) the average negative feelings are the most negative. On the other side however when analyzing the “size” of the negative feelings on a 9 point scale Slovenian media (a group with the lowest quantity of negative evaluations) has on average evoked the most negative feelings among negative evaluations.

Key words: news, international, media

Assistant prof. Andrej Kovačič, Ph.D. Contact: andrej.kovacic(at) ceos.si

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Kovacic Andrej. AN INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH ON INTERNET MEDIA NEWS REPORTING . Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.8, no.2:112-129, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2015-no2-art06

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EMOTIONAL CONTAGION AND MOOD IN CROWD SERVING AS AUDIENCE Print E-mail

Beno Arnejcic

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The global world is gradually becoming a world of separated crowds despite the artificial wire and wireless connection through television and the Internet. Crowds remain a prevailing subject of research in different social studies, and the research of changes in the psychological structure of crowds and their characteristics is still of primary interest. The main focus of the research is on the interpretation of the results of the research paper about a special separated crowd called audience. It was observed how students, constituting the crowd, perceive a crowd on video. The observation was focused on the research of emotional contagion and mood in the crowd serving as audience. While watching a mass event on a big screen, the crowd serving as audience emotionally converges with someone else, in our case with public speakers.

Key words: crowd, emotions in crowd, emotional contagion, leaders, pubic speakers, behavior, audience

Ph. D. Beno Arnjcic is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty for Education, Primorska University, Slovenia, ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

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Arnejcic Beno. EMOTIONAL CONTAGION AND MOOD IN CROWD SERVING AS AUDIENCE. Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.8, no.2:130-140, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2015-no2-art07

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KNOWLEDGE AND TREATMENT SKILLS IN THE FIELD OF PSYCHOSOCIAL COUNSELLING Print E-mail

Nevenka Podgornik

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The article presents the basic knowledge and treatment skills in the field of psychosocial counselling. It includes knowledge, skills, personal characteristics, and the ethics of a professional worker, the method of psychosocial approach with and individual and a group, as well as a collective social work. The basic definition of the knowledge and treatment skills in the article is presented by the concept of a working relationship in a social world and by the concepts of modern social work – power perspective, participation ethics, treatment skills, and treatment of the present time. The article also presents the key definitions of social work in the counselling and power processes. The establishing of social-working relationship includes the use of the language, the directing of the dialogue and other methods of postmodern social work.

Key words: knowledge and treatment skills, psychosocial counselling, methods of psychosocial work, work relationship, concepts of modern social work

Nevenka Podgornik, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Advanced Social Studies, Slovenia

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Podgornik Nevenka. KNOWLEDGE AND TREATMENT SKILLS IN THE FIELD OF PSYCHOSOCIAL COUNSELLING. Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.8, no.2:141-149, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2015-no2-art08

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CREATIVITY – LIFE IMPERATIVE OF INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANIZATIONS Print E-mail

Rok Ovsenik , Marija Ovsenik

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The only certainty of our time are informational, globalizational and other changes. Dynamic of changes is faster than dynamic of responses and causes dilemmas on the social and intimate level. Therefore, focus of our research was directed into perception of changes needed in the field of creativity. Survival of a nation and an organisation depends on the creation of the space for creative experiences. Continuous creation of novelties and something original becomes immanent need of organization, and creativity becomes an entity which, regarding the demands of the time, promotes an innovative response as a creative approach providing competitive edge and progressive self-changing. This kind of response are able to give only concerned/responsive employees, who are aware that self-transformation is needed for the survival of the nation and organization, and they are defined as reflexive, flexible people, who are looking for creative and innovative charge as a meaning and mission of their work. Intellectual capital means a key to creativity and success.

Key words: creativity, human resources, changes, human capital, learning organisation.

Associate professor Rok Ovsenik, Ph.D, is a university professor and co-author of Tourism Development Strategy of Slovenia until 2011. He lectured also in USA. His bibliography includes over a hundred scientific contributions.
Professor Marija Ovsenik is a researcher, consultant, university professor, manager and author of Social Gerontology program at AMEU - ECM. Her bibliography includes over thousand works. She is socially active and has received many national awards for her work.

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Ovsenik Rok, Ovsenik Marija. CREATIVITY – LIFE IMPERATIVE OF INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANIZATIONS. Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.9, no.2:150-164, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2015-no2-art09

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EUROPEAN UNION AS A FOREIGN POLICY ACTOR IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS Print E-mail

Patrícia Kaplánová

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This article explores the current relations between the most influential political actors in global politics by demonstrating that the European Union is a relevant foreign policy player. Clarifying the development of the European Common Foreign and Security Policy, regarding to the closer cooperation with North Atlantic Treaty Organization and also with the United States of America in the field of defence policy, the main finding is that except of the negative European integration, the European Community has a potential to create a closer political union. The main assumption of this paper is that the cooperation between the NATO and the EU has shown that in the field of hard politics the main role is still under the influence of the NATO/the USA. On the other hand, in the field of soft policy of economic and humanitarian support, the crucial role remains in the competence of the European Union.

Key words: European Union, security and defence policy, NATO, USA

Mgr. Patrícia Kaplánová, Department of Political Science and European Studies

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Kaplánová Patrícia. EUROPEAN UNION AS A FOREIGN POLICY ACTOR IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS . Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.8, no.2:48-63, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2015-no2-art03

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GALLERY-PEDAGOGICAL ACTIVITIES AND FINE ARTS IN THE FIRST THREE YEARS OF PRIMARY SCHOOL Print E-mail

Matjaz Duh , Anja Pavlic

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This article discusses the integration of pupils of the first educational period of the primary school in the gallery-pedagogical activities within the regular classes. In a qualitative study, we examined the extent to which these students are involved in the activities of the gallery, how the planning and the execution of visiting the curators-educators is going, how many works of art of the current exhibition the students see, and in which way they are presented to them. We were also interested in the reactions of the students on the works of art and their sense of self-initiative.

The study has shown the importance of museums and galleries, where students have the opportunity to experience the works of art in an authentic gallery area. This way the students experience art differently, they estimate it, and think about it. Having developed the museum pedagogy or pedagogical activities, the curators-educators can contribute a lot to accepting art among the youngest students.

Keywords: fine arts, museum pedagogy, the first three years of the primary school, gallery-pedagogical activities, education in galleries.

Matjaž Duh, PhD is an Associate Professor at the University of Maribor, Faculty of Education. ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
Anja Pavlič, prof. for Elementarry Education (Faculty of Education - UM). ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

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Matjaz Duh, Pavlic Anja. GALLERY-PEDAGOGICAL ACTIVITIES AND FINE ARTS IN THE FIRST THREE YEARS OF PRIMARY SCHOOL. Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.8, no.2:25-47, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2015-no2-art02

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THE CHECHEN WARS, MEDIA, AND DEMOCRACY IN RUSSIA Print E-mail

Ali Askerov

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Media, like religion, may create, escalate, or deescalate conflict. In the age of technology, parties to protracted conflicts often use the media for their propaganda purposes. In many cases, despite politically created discourses, individual media members struggle to reveal the truth of the violent confrontation that causes human casualties. This paper discusses Moscow’s tough media policy during the Chechen wars, especially from 1999 to 2009 during the Second Chechen War, and argues that Kremlin’s severe media policy in the course of the height of this violent conflict negatively affected the values of democracy in Russia. Nonetheless, Russia’s new media policy had affected different media means differently depending on their missions and commitment. To produce this paper, data were collected through interviewing twenty-two Chechen nationals, including media experts, and randomly analyzing the contents of the Russian media and Chechen websites available online.

Key Words: media, conflict, Chechnya, Russia, democracy, propaganda

Ali Askerov, PhD, teaches peace studies at University of North Carolina- Greensboro

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Askerov Ali. THE CHECHEN WARS, MEDIA, AND DEMOCRACY IN RUSSIA. Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.8, no.2:8-24, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2015-no2-art01

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RATIONAL-IRRATIONAL ELECTORAL PREFERENCES, ALTRUISM AND EXPRESSIVE BEHAVIOR Print E-mail

Mihai Ungureanu

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Caplan (2000, 2001, 2006) proposed the rational-irrationality model arguing that irrationality is a good as any other, whose consumption is maximized in relation to its costs and benefits. Applying this model to the problem of electoral behavior Caplan implies that voters ‘afford’ many irrational beliefs, because the lack of individual decisiveness renders vote as a consequenceless act. This paper contributes to the development of knowledge by analyzing the compatibility of rational irrationality with active electoral behavior. Two important arguments are being proposed: First, Wittman’s (2008) intuition that rational irrationality is incompatible with voting could be supported only about a particular type of altruism, which Caplan actually seems to reject. Second, rational irrationality seems to be compatible with expressive motivations, reinforcing the conclusion that rational-irrational individuals are active voters in mass elections.

Key words: rational irrationality, pure altruism, imperfect altruism, decisiveness, expressive voting.

 

Mihai Ungureanu is a PHD Lecturer at the National University of Political and Administrative Sciences, Faculty of Political Science, Bucharest, Romania. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

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Ungureanu Mihai. RATIONAL-IRRATIONAL ELECTORAL PREFERENCES, ALTRUISM AND EXPRESSIVE BEHAVIOR . Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.8, no.1:8-27, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2015-no1-art01

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EXPLORING THE ROLE OF BUSINESS SOCIAL NETWORKING FOR ORGANIZATIONS Print E-mail

Damjana Jerman , Bruno Zavrsnik

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This article explores the relationship between communication, with the emphasis on public relations, and social network perspectives. What, then, does social networking for business mean in communication, particularly in public relations? This paper argues that business social networking play an important role in improving organizations communications. The goal of our paper is to identify the basic characteristics of social networks and its role for public relations for the effective implementation of social networking initiatives and tools in the workplace. Business social networking tools such as Facebook and LinkedIn are being used by organizations to reach the corporate objectives and to create a positive company image. Specific social networks, such the personalised networks of influence, are perceived to be one of the main strategic resources for organizations.

Key words: internal communication, business social networking, public relations

 

Ph.D. Damjana Jerman an Associate Professor at University of  Primorska, Faculty of Tourism Studies

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Ph.D. Bruno Završnik is an Professor at University of Maribor, Faculty of Economics and Business (bruno.zavrsnik (at) uni-mb.si)

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Jerman Damjana, Zavrsnik Bruno. EXPLORING THE ROLE OF BUSINESS SOCIAL NETWORKING FOR ORGANIZATIONS . Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.8, no.1:28-45, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2015-no1-art02

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PALLIATIVE PSYCHOTHERAPY IN THE TREATMENT OF GERIATRIC DEPRESSION: A REVIEW OF EVIDENCE-BASED PSYCHOGENIC OPTIONS Print E-mail

John Morgan

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There are a large number of counselors and psychotherapists as well as psychiatrists, however, who find themselves with an increase in post-retirement clients and patients but without the benefit of specific training in treating this particular constituency. There is a large population of older individuals in need of assistance in dealing with depression and its cognates of anxiety and self-esteem issues which are of particular concern to the health care profession working in palliative care medicine. That there is a relative void in the training of palliative care health professionals in geriatric psychotherapy, particularly as relates to the treatment of depression, is very evident according to recent AMA-sponsored studies. In the following essay, we will delineate and discuss briefly evidence-based treatment options available to the counseling and psychotherapeutic community dealing particularly with palliative psychotherapeutic depression

Key words: Palliative psychotherapy, geriatric depression, non-pharmacological treatments, cognitive behavioral therapy, reminiscence therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy

Professor John Morgan, Ph.D.(Hartford),D.Sc.(London), Psy.D.(Oxford) is the Karl Mannheim Professor of the History and Philosophy of the Social Sciences at the GTF in the U.S. and the Senior Research Consultant in Geriatric Psychotherapy and Senior Fellow of Foundation House/Oxford in the U.K.

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Morgan John. PALLIATIVE PSYCHOTHERAPY IN THE TREATMENT OF GERIATRIC DEPRESSION: A REVIEW OF EVIDENCE-BASED PSYCHOGENIC OPTIONS. Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.8, no.1:46-59, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2015-no1-art03

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RESEARCHING THE ROLE OF CIVIL SOCIETY AND MEDIA IN CURBING CORRUPTION: A NEED FOR A MORE INDEPTH INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACH Print E-mail

Mateja Rek

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In last decades we have faced a growing number of national and cross-national surveys gathering data on all three concepts that we are dealing with – civil society, media systems and corruption. In addition to quantitative and qualitative empirical evidence concerning each individual concept also a number of theoretical conclusions and insights have grown immensely. What is also needed is to explore and reflect on the available data (and where necessary produce new one) with an objective to build a theoretical framework for analysis of the impact of civil society and media systems in fighting corruption and focus not just on one individual concept but on the vibrant interplay among them and how they function in different cultural, social or political settings. The aim of this article is to reflect on the concepts of corruption, civil society and media and their peer relations, provide a short review and reflection of the state of the art in the field and outline possible future agenda that would enable us to better understand interconnectedness of these concepts.

Key words: corruption, media, civil society

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Rek Mateja. RESEARCHING THE ROLE OF CIVIL SOCIETY AND MEDIA IN CURBING CORRUPTION: A NEED FOR A MORE INDEPTH INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACH. Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.8, no.1:60-76, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2015-no1-art04

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DIGITAL ENVIRONMENTS AND THE FADING OF THE PRODUCTION-CONSUMPTION DICHOTOMY: PROSUMPTION AS A COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH Print E-mail

Davide Dusi

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The recent changes regarding user’s role and agency in digital environments, and the consequent influence of emerging socio-technical arrangements on productive paradigms, challenged our traditional separation between production and consumption. Productive paradigms in digital worlds proved the notion of the user as a simple consumer to be outdated. They questioned the production-consumption dichotomy and urged scholars to develop new approaches to investigate the fading of the historical separation of these two concepts. This fostered the exploration and development of new paths of research. Several concepts have been created and used to analyze current productive paradigms and the role of the users. Nevertheless, most of them seem to fail in their attempt to give a clear account of the emerging phenomena and to reach a broad understanding of all the involved actors and practices that are affecting the traditional production-consumption division. Notwithstanding the criticisms of many perspectives, the theorization of the user as prosumer – producer and consumer at the same time – and the related concept of prosumption, seems a more comprehensive approach to investigate the current ontological status of users as well as productive paradigms in digital environments. However, this theorization is in need of revision and further development.

Key words: Prosumption, digital environments, users, productive paradigms, ICT.

Davide Dusi, PhD student at the Centre for Social Theory(Ghent University - Faculty of Political and Social Sciences) This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Dusi Davide. DIGITAL ENVIRONMENTS AND THE FADING OF THE PRODUCTION-CONSUMPTION DICHOTOMY: PROSUMPTION AS A COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH. Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.8, no.1:77-94, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2015-no1-art05

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ANALYSIS OF THE ENERGY MARKET OPERATOR ACTIVITY IN EIGHT EUROPEAN COUNTRIES Print E-mail

France Krizanic , Zan Jan Oplotnik

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The article aims to analyze the connection between economic development, energy consumption, and prices of electricity and gas on one side and of the operation of the Energy Market Operator on the other. For this purpose we use a sample of eight EU countries with well-functioning energy markets but quite diverse characteristics. The results show that Market Operators in more developed countries in the sample have above average activity (according to revenue), and their primary goal is to achieve external economies. A higher level of Market Operator activity (greater revenue) is influenced by the decrease of transaction costs in energy markets and improves the prospect for greater use of energy. An active Market Operator is characteristically associated with international openness in the energy market as well as with the development of gas use in the given country. We find that a better equipped (greater assets used by the Market Operator) and more active (according to revenues) Market Operator is related with relatively higher levels of electricity and natural gas prices.

Key words: energy, supply and demand, financial analysis, macroeconomics, international benchmark, comparison

 France Krizanic, Ph.D., Senior researcher at EIPF d.o.o. – Economic institute – Slovenia, Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Zan Jan Oplotnik, Ph.D., professor Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Maribor – Slovenia, Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Krizanic France, Oplotnik Zan Jan. ANALYSIS OF THE ENERGY MARKET OPERATOR ACTIVITY IN EIGHT EUROPEAN COUNTRIES. Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.8, no.1:95-110, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2015-no1-art06

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INTERPRETING THE PAST: THE COMPETING MEMORIES OF THE YUGOSLAVIAN PERIOD THROUGH THE CASE STUDY ANALYSIS OF SLOVENIAN HISTORY MUSEUM AND PRIVATE EXHIBITION Print E-mail

Alina Zubkovych

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In the given article we analyze the representation of the period from the recent history- Socialist Yugoslavia- through the case study of national history museum and private exhibition. Although both of the analyzed objects are located in Ljubljana, the metastories which they construct and display are based on the different cultural patterns. We compare the differences of the narratives being used by the private and state institution and apply the visual analysis method together with semi-structured interviews for these purposes. As a result of our research, we show how differs ‘official narration’ compared to the so-called ‘Yugonostalgic’ or ‘Titostalgic’ viewpoint and describe their main characteristics.

Keywords: Yugoslavia, Yugonostalgia, museum, representation, Slovenia, Ljubljana, history

Alina Zubkovych, PhD candidate and teaching assistant at School of Advanced Social Studies, Nova Gorica, Slovenia

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Zubkovych Alina. INTERPRETING THE PAST: THE COMPETING MEMORIES OF THE YUGOSLAVIAN PERIOD THROUGH THE CASE STUDY ANALYSIS OF SLOVENIAN HISTORY MUSEUM AND PRIVATE EXHIBITION. Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.8, no.1:111-127, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2015-no1-art07

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FROM ANONYMITY TO SELF-DISCLOSURE; RECONTEXTUALISATION OF COMMUNICATION IN NEW MEDIA Print E-mail

Tadej Praprotnik

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Social Web applications are becoming an important communication tool for managing diverse personal and other information among users. The so-called participative culture is a brand new setting calling for intense interactivity. Well-informed citizens with ideas for collaboration is welcomed. The collaboration and sharing of ideas, information and opinions are well documented even in more personal Social Web applications, such as Facebook. Here we are confronting with the problem of privacy and potential harmful or risky behavior. Multimedia production with multimedia convergence of different online communication tools (Social web, forums, online chat, digital photography) has unified communication channels and converged different communication setting. Once strongly separate divisions among different communication setting (private-public) has disappeared. The so-called »privacy paradox« states that while internet users are concerned about privacy, their behavior do not reflect these concerns. Additionally, the divisions between different social groups (friends, parents, employers) are blurring, primary because of interconnectivity of different Social Web applications. Facebook users hardly guess who are their exact audience. The transmission of information intended for one group can be transferred into other context. It has to be mentioned that Facebook users are highly diverse and so are diverse their attitudes toward privacy concerns and willingness to self-disclose. Research indicate that users are to some extent aware of privacy problems, but researches also indicate that general social relevance of particular Social Web applications and personal aspects of general willingness to self-disclose are the major contextual factors influencing users how to communicate in social networking sites such as Facebook.

Key words: Social Web, self-disclosure, privacy paradox, Facebook

Tadej Praprotnik, PhD is an Assistant Professor at the University of Primorska (The Faculty of Humanities). Contact address: pratadej (at) gmail.com

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Praprotnik Tadej. FROM ANONYMITY TO SELF-DISCLOSURE;  RECONTEXTUALISATION OF COMMUNICATION IN NEW MEDIA. Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.8, no.1:128-141, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2015-no1-art08

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ISSUE OF QUALITY IN A QUALITATIVE RESEARCH: AN OVERVIEW Print E-mail

Iqbal Ahmed Chowdhury

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The issues of quality in a qualitative research cannot be addressed by a single or constant method. It, however, may be judged through the aggregate of various perspectives such as “credibility,” “dependability,” “confirmability,” “ethics” and so on which is the central focus of this paper. In a qualitative research, researchers often engage with flexible realities where the subjective views of respondents may shape the research frame and the whole process of an inquiry. In such a situation, quality issue is more pertinent as it deals with peoplr’s everyday realitiy and subjective explanation of it. The study focuses on the issue of quality in a qualitative research and provides a middle way to deal with this issue in respect to the debates over it. Using secondary sources it provides a comprehensive idea for ensuring quality in a qualitative research.

Keywords: Method, Data Collection, Data Analysis, Quality, Validity, Reliability, Ethics, Credibility, Dependability, Confirmability

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Sylhet, Bangladesh. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Chowdhury Iqbal Ahmed. ISSUE OF QUALITY IN A QUALITATIVE RESEARCH: AN OVERVIEW. Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.8, no.1:142-162, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2015-no1-art09

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FEARS OF A MODERN SOCIETY Print E-mail

Milan Ambroz , Boris Bukovec

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In this paper, we propose that perceptions of individual and collective threats is often the result of imagination of our own making. We conducted our study in Slovenia to research the understanding of personal and collective risks of the people in a modern society. We investigated the threats with quantitative methodology. We analysed the data with descriptive and inferential statistical method like factor analysis and regression analysis. Results of the study show media often provoke the notion of fear, mistrust and intuition, which influence the feeling of powerlessness in the respondents in the study. The concerns of respondents are usually not the result of their direct experience. The helplessness consequently is a fertile background for the development of the culture of fear.

Keywords: intuition, threat, culture of fear, risk society

Milan Ambrož is the Associate Professor at the Faculty of Organizational Studies in Novo mesto
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Boris Bukovec is the Dean of Faculty of Organizational Studies Novo mesto and Associate Professor:
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Ambroz Milan, Bukovec Boris. FEARS OF A MODERN SOCIETY. Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.8, no.1:163-179, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2015-no1-art10

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PERFORMANCE OF SELECTED AGGLOMERATIVE HIERARCHICAL CLUSTERING METHODS Print E-mail

Nusa Erman , Ales Korosec , Jana Suklan

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A broad variety of different methods of agglomerative hierarchical clustering brings along problems how to choose the most appropriate method for the given data. It is well known that some methods outperform others if the analysed data have a specific structure. In the presented study we have observed the behaviour of the centroid, the median (Gower median method), and the average method (unweighted pair-group method with arithmetic mean – UPGMA; average linkage between groups). We have compared them with mostly used methods of hierarchical clustering: the minimum (single linkage clustering), the maximum (complete linkage clustering), the Ward, and the McQuitty (groups method average, weighted pair-group method using arithmetic averages - WPGMA) methods. We have applied the comparison of these methods on spherical, ellipsoid, umbrella-like, “core-and-sphere”, ring-like and intertwined three-dimensional data structures. To generate the data and execute the analysis, we have used R statistical software. Results show that all seven methods are successful in finding compact, ball-shaped or ellipsoid structures when they are enough separated. Conversely, all methods except the minimum perform poor on non-homogenous, irregular and elongated ones. Especially challenging is a circular double helix structure; it is being correctly revealed only by the minimum method. We can also confirm formerly published results of other simulation studies, which usually favour average method (besides Ward method) in cases when data is assumed to be fairly compact and well separated.

Keywords: hierarchical clustering, agglomerative methods, divisive methods, simulated data

Nuša Erman, Ph.D. is the associate of the School of Advanced Social Studies, Nova Gorica, Slovenia. Contact: nusa.erman (at) gmail.com
Aleš Korošec is a data analyst at Health data center at the National Institute of Public Health, Ljubljana, Slovenia. Contact: ales.korosec (at) nijz.si
Jana Suklan is a teaching assistant of the School of Advanced Social Studies, Nova Gorica, Slovenia. Contact: jana.suklan (at) fuds.si

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Erman Nusa, Korosec Ales, Suklan Jana. PERFORMANCE OF SELECTED AGGLOMERATIVE HIERARCHICAL CLUSTERING METHODS. Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.8, no.1:180-204, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2015-no1-art11

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BORDERS OF COMMUNICATION PRIVACY IN SLOVENIAN CRIMINAL PROCEDURE – CONSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGES Print E-mail

Sabina Zgaga

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Due to fast technological development and our constant communication protection of communication privacy in every aspect of our (legal) life has become more important than ever before. Regarding protection of privacy in criminal procedure special emphasis should be given to the regulation of privacy in Slovenian Constitution and its interpretation in the case law of the Constitutional Court. This paper presents the definition of privacy and communication privacy in Slovenian constitutional law and exposes the main issues of communication privacy that have been discussed in the case law of the Constitutional Court in the last twenty years. Thereby the paper tries to show the general trend in the case law of Constitutional Court regarding the protection of communication privacy and to expose certain unsolved issues and unanswered challenges. Slovenian constitutional regulation of communication privacy is very protective, considering the broad definition of privacy and the strict conditions for encroachment of communication privacy. The case law of Slovenian Constitutional Court has also shown such trend, with the possible exception of the recent decision on a dynamic IP address. The importance of this decision is however significant, since it could be applicable to all forms of communication via internet, the prevailing form of communication nowadays. Certain challenges still lay ahead, such as the current proposal for the amendment of Criminal Procedure Act-M, which includes the use of IMSI catchers and numerous unanswered issues regarding data retention after the decisive annulment of its partial legal basis by the Constitutional Court.

Key words: privacy, communication privacy, Constitution, criminal procedure, modern technology

Sabina Zgaga, PhD Assistant Professor for Criminal Law, Faculty of Criminal Justice and Security, University of Maribor

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Zgaga Sabina. BORDERS OF COMMUNICATION PRIVACY IN SLOVENIAN CRIMINAL PROCEDURE – CONSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGES. Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.8, no.1:205-222, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2015-no1-art12

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IMAGINING THE ABSENT PARTNER - INTIMACY AND IMAGINATION IN LONG-DISTANCE RELATIONSHIPS Print E-mail

Iveta Jurkane-Hobein

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The dominant discourse on relationships in modernity argues for the importance of intimacy, including the intimacy of bodies, for the relationship to be continuous. This raises the question as to how couples that cannot meet face-to-face on a regular basis due to geographical distance maintain intimacy during repetitious non-co-presence. In this article, intimacy is seen as a relational quality that is created and maintained by individuals themselves through practices of intimacy (Jamieson, 2011). The study aims to analyse practices of intimacy in long-distance relationships (LDRs) that enable long-distance couples to make their relationship continuous beyond face-to-face encounters. The study is based on 19 in-depth interviews with individuals in Latvia with LDR experience, and argues that the intimacy practices in LDRs trigger imagination. Imagination, in its turn, enables practicing four dimensions of intimacy: embodied, emotional, daily and imagined.

Key words: imagination; intimacy; long-distance relationships; mediated communication; practices of intimacy.

Iveta Jurkane-Hobein - School of Social Sciences, Södertörn University, Sweden; Department of Sociology, Uppsala University, Sweden

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Jurkane-Hobein Iveta. IMAGINING THE ABSENT PARTNER - INTIMACY AND IMAGINATION IN LONG-DISTANCE RELATIONSHIPS. Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.8, no.1:223-241, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2015-no1-art13

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