Social context shapes age-crime distributions

Social context shapes age-crime distributions

Professors Steffensmeier, Lu and Na present evidence from diverse societies with vastly different sociocultural practices and beliefs, which show clear differences in age-crime relationships. These differences are discussed with reference to the social contexts which appear to protect adolescents from becoming involved in crime. These researchers put forward a research agenda for better understanding nations where crime is most heavily […]

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The child deficit and the changing value of children in Asia

In most Asian countries, average family size has more than halved over the past six decades.

Since the 1960s, Asia has experienced a dramatic decline in fertility rates. Philip Morrison, Professor Emeritus at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, asks whether this shift has been accompanied by a reduction in the value of children as inferred from the European experience. If so, one might expect a convergence of the ideal and actual family size and a […]

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Assessing the role of foreign aid donors and recipients

Assessing the role of foreign aid donors and recipients

In his book ‘Re-Inventing Africa’s Development’, Dr Jong-Dae Park, South Korean Ambassador in South Africa, examines the relationships between sub-Saharan Africa aid recipients and its foreign aid donors. Dr Park looks at the inherent limitations of foreign aid and the international development architecture, and the paradox that the region remains poor and underdeveloped, despite massive amounts of aid. He contends […]

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