Australian Journal of Social Issues

A refereed scholarly journal publishing original contributions on Australian social issues and policy. Articles accepted for publication may be cross-disciplinary and may discuss specific social issues, review conceptual problems, present empirical report

Articles from Vol. 38, No. 1, February

Globalisation and Regional Renewal Revisted
The articles in this forum address how the epochal process of globalisation pertains to rural and regional Australia. Collectively, they demonstrate the complexity of globalisation in rural areas in three ways. First, globalisation is a multi-faceted...
Measuring Community Development: Perspectives from Local Government in Western Australia
Introduction Across Australia over the past few years policy makers, managers, and community workers have been talking about developing measures which indicate community well being (Salvaris 2000). There are diverse antecedents for this focus. The...
Moral Dilemmas of Globalisation: Polish Agriculture at the Crossroads
Introduction Proponents of globalisation often write or speak as if this development is a process unencumbered by moral issues. That is, as if the globalisation process was simply a `natural' and ultimately inevitable phenomenon, driven by the demands...
Social Entrepreneurship-False Premises and Dangerous Forebodings
Introduction Unemployment rates in most economies have risen and persisted at higher levels since 1975. In the midst of on-going debates about labour market deregulation, privatisation and welfare reform, the most salient, empirically robust fact...
Some Observations on the Anti-Globalisation Movement
Introduction Much of the sociological common knowledge about the current era can be summed up in the claim that globalisation represents the master process and direction of social change. There is a certain kernel of troth to this claim. Since the...
Taxes and Social Spending: The Shifting Demands of the Australian Public
In his impressive study, Rich Democracies, Harold Wilensky, remarks that "The general contours of public opinion on taxing, spending, and the welfare state have remained quite stable over time and across rich democracies ever since surveys asked about...
The Impacts of Deregulation and Agricultural Restructuring for Rural Australia
As a leader in the Cairns Group of Nations, Australia has been advancing deregulation in agri-food trade. Successive governments have assumed that Australia would benefit from a greater deregulation of international trade because this would allow increased...
The Mexican State and the Agribusiness Model of Development in the Globalisation Era
Agro-industry and the transnationalization of agriculture Although it is not new, the development of capitalist agriculture in Mexico and Latin America has experienced a series of problematic situations in recent decades. Among these situations...
Understanding the Context of Risk Practices among Injecting Drug Users: Implications for Hepatitis C Prevention
Introduction `Risk' has become a keyword in recent sociological studies of health and related behaviour (Gabe 1995; Lupton 1993; Hayes 1992; Rayner 1992; Douglas 1986), particularly in discourses about HIV/AIDS (Habib et al. 2000-2001; Rhodes 1997;...
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