This book is the publication of a highly praised doctoral thesis exploring the role of social capital theory in Australian regional development policy and practice. The author provides a trenchant critique of the concept 'social capital' and the link between social capital and regional economic development which has been propagated in Australia and around the world. The author draws attention to the 'missing links' in social capital theory, exploring how the concept has mutated from its origins as a tool in a tightly theorised framework for the explanation of social structure and inequality, into a community development tool which many believe can be used to remedy such inequality. With reference to a case study of the local government area of the City of Playford in South Australia, the author argues that not only are current understandings of social capital unable to adequately address issues of class and structural inequality in Australian regional development, they may also be contributing to their exacerbation.
Emerging gender and climate change literature highlights the gender dimensions of vulnerability and adaptive capacity to climate variability and change. However, still in its infancy, it provides limited analysis of the mechanisms linking gender inequality to adaptation to climate change. It also tends to generalize this context-specific analysis to a global South, exhibiting a wide gap of data and analysis in the Arab Region where both the gender gap and vulnerability to climate change are pronounced. To address this, this thesis explores these vulnerability mechanisms in the context of marginalized communities with a large gender gap and climate-dependent livelihoods. It then examines approaches to address gender in adaptation to climate change. This research explores these gender-adaptation linkages through a case study of a fishing village in Alexandria, Egypt. This study argues that women’s differential vulnerability is brought about by cultural, financial, informational and institutional constraints that are directly and indirectly linked to the subordination of women in society.
Although much research has examined usage behavior of specific categories of websites and the antecedents and outcomes of different e-marketing factors for online user behavior, a proper general framework which serves the purpose of assessing how users interact with the Web 2.0 is still missing. To address this insufficiency, the current study develops and empirically tests a theoretical model that explains the determinants of Active and Passive user behavior on Kijiji.it, the Italian leader of online classifieds. The model has been tested with 628 questionnaires distributed in June 2009. The results indicate that Active use is positively influenced by four independent variables: ease of use, perceived trust through the site and its users, sense of community, involvement. Passive use is positively correlated with six independent variables: the four above mentioned plus the functional characteristic of the site and Enjoyment.
Textiles and Fashion explores the integration of textile design with fashion. It begins with a brief history of textiles, showing the links with technical innovation and social developments. It then focuses on the processes of textile design, including the ethical and sustainable issues around textiles today. The book also provides practical information on fibre production, dyeing and finishing techniques. Various surface treatments are explored, as well as the way in which colour and trend influences fashion and textiles. Through case studies and interviews, fashion and textile designers discuss their production processes and how they use textiles in their work. New to the second edition are exercises to help students to explore and further their knowledge of textiles and fashi
Interactions: Exploring the Functions of the Human Body
Still Missing – Amelia Earhart & the Search for Modern Feminism (Paper)
The High Frontier – Exploring the Tropical Rainforest Canopy (Paper)
Missing The Meaning – A Cognitive Neuropsychological Study of Process
Howard: ?missing? The Meaning? – A Cognitive Neuropsychological Study Of Processing