Editorial: dialoguing across disciplines.
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|Publication:||Name: Journal of Social and Psychological Sciences Publisher: Oxford Mosaic Publications Limited Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Sociology and social work Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2008 Oxford Mosaic Publications Limited ISSN: 1756-7483|
|Issue:||Date: Jan, 2008 Source Volume: 1 Source Issue: 1|
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In the quest for understanding the nature of reality and the best
way of studying it, knowledge is 'fragmented' into an array of
expertise areas. This process, may provide greater depth of analysis of
any given study subject. Nevertheless, such 'fragmentation'
becomes particularly problematic when, in an attempt to reach definite
and objective conclusions, one fails to understand how different areas
of expertise are related to a whole body of knowledge. Thus, just like a
fine vehicle, any field of knowledge and its subcomponents need to
function in synchrony. It is important, therefore, to transcend
divisions and overcome dichotomies in order to dialogue across a
multitude of disciplines. However, a simplistic amalgamation of a wide
range of fields into one single holistic approach does not constitute a
solution on its own. Much theoretical sophistication is still needed
until one can successfully synthesise the scientific and philosophical
into two inseparable views that could underpin our conception of social
and psychological phenomena. It is with this in mind that the Journal of
Social and Psychological Sciences (JSPS) presents a number of articles
that may constitute a much needed piece of an unsolved puzzle for key
theoretical dichotomies and dualisms within social sciences and
The JSPS is a new, fully peer reviewed journal that publishes research and scholarship concerning the relationship between psychology and sociology and other approaches within the social sciences and humanities. This periodical is essentially interdisciplinary and invites manuscripts concerning a wide range of psychosocial methodologies. This inaugural issue consists of three papers and a book review. The aim of this journal is to rekindle academic debates on broad issues of psychosocial content. To kickstart this debate is the first article written by Mauro Ramos Pereira 'Are men 'cleverer' than women? Deconstructing the dogma of female intellectual inferiority'. This paper presents an interesting discussion emanating from reports from The British Journal of Psychology and the BBC Radio Four programme on the same discourse. As the author says:
This introduction sets the tone for an exhaustive, interesting and controversial topic that will be of great interest to readers and critics. The author adopts a position, which he is aware of its limitations, and tries to present views and analysis emanating from his understanding and research. He acknowledges that there are more perspectives to this topic than his own, and urges other scholars to look at other alternatives to give a balance analysis of this discourse. The deliberate philosophical contradiction, inconsistency and incoherence presented in this article constitute a provocative synthesis of both realist and relativist ontology. This article is therefore earmarked for further discussions. Thus the JSPS editors invite short reviews and possibly another longer article presenting 'fresh' and other recent developments to the question of gender and IQ.
Professor Dianne Hunter's book review entitled 'Juliet Mitchell, The Obsolescent Oedipus Complex, and the Decline of Patriarchy' also adds to this issue an invaluable and comprehensive review on how patriarchy perpetuates itself through the institution of the family. This review was undoubtedly one of the driving forces behind this periodical. To conclude, therefore, we hope the journal meets the readers' expectations, and to encourage dialogue, we would be grateful to get comments from our readers including suggestions of other topics you desire to debate on this forum. This will open the academic space to readers with a desire to debate and analyze issues under review. We would be grateful to offer advice to writers who need guidance in presenting and publishing their research in an independent and high quality journal like the JSPS.
Oxford Brookes University
Oxford Brookes University, UK
E-mail address: Phithi@jspsciences.org
This paper analyses discourses surrounding gender and the politics of Intelligent Quotient (IQ). It investigates the way in which written texts in this area clarify or obscure oppressive gender relationships in society. It takes the position that the content of the news is not a factual account of the world but instead it imposes ideological values of socio-economic origin. The analysed data consists of an article drawn from a news webpage. This text is linked to contemporary research on IQ and reflects the complex and subtle discursive work surrounding gender inequalities.
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