Research Papers/Topics in Sociology

Newer Contributions of Robert K

Robert King Merton (1910-2003) is a self-styled “Durkheimian,” writing very much in the functional tradition. In conceiving of society as a system it becomes natural to see it, like other systems, as composed of parts that are interrelated and whose operations have consequences on the whole. For example, when examining a simple system like the human body it becomes readily apparent that the various organs are interrelated and impact the overall health of the body. So is it with soc...

Critical review of Bronisław Malinowski functionalism

From 1910, Malinowski studied exchange and economics at the London School of Economics (LSE) under Seligman and Westermarck, analysing patterns of exchange in Aboriginal Australia through ethnographic documents. In 1914, he was given a chance to travel to New Guinea accompanying anthropologist R.R. Marett, but as World War I broke out and Malinowski was an Austrian subject, and thereby an enemy of the British commonwealth, he was unable to travel back to England. The Australian governm...

Alfred Reginald Radcliffe

Like nearly all sociologists, anthropologists, philosophers, and social theorists in the twentieth century, Alfred Reginald Radcliffe-Brown (born 17 January 1881 in Birmingham – died 24 October 1955 in London)  spent much of his career describing what his anthropology was not.  Adam Kuper similarly attempts to disentangle the misunderstood Radcliffe-Brown from the true theorist. While the misappropriations of Radcliffe-Brown’s theories are not interesting from the stand...

PATRIARCHY VS. FEMINISM: A CLASH OF PERSPECTIVES ON MARRIAGE AND FAMILY ISSUES.

Society has embarrassingly linger for a longer time over the conflict between the patriarchy movement and the recent upshoot called the feminism strand advocating for the right, equality and equity of all. It has been a thing of reactionary quest than a revolutionary subject of thoughts as roles, privileges, obligations; education etc has enshrined and engrafted these differences and preferences in a more definite form as it trickles down from time immemorial.  Interest...

TERRORISM AND CHILDREN: PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATION OF THE IMPACT OF BOKO HARAM ON CHILDREN IN THE NORTH EAST OF NIGERIA.

Global terrorism is an extremely dangerous new threat in human history. Ben steadily on the rise, particularly in use unstable regions such as Africa and the Middle East. This study examine the primary investigation of the impact of boko haram on children in the north east of Nigeria to achieve the following objectives were set; to investigate the social psychological impact of boko haram on children, impact of boko haram violence on ...

THE PROPORTION OF POVERTY AMONG WOMEN IN GUSAU

ABSTRACTThis research project was designed to examine the proportions of poverty among women in Gusau Local Government Area, A study of Gusau metropolis.  This study research was aimed at investigating the sizes of illiteracy and limited access to healthcare among women in Gusau L.G.A. This study was also aimed at determining the rates of unemployment and low level of consumption among women in Gusau L.G.A. Qualitative and quantitative research methods were made used in this study...

Knowledge, Attitude and Practice Towards Contraceptives Among Secondary School Students

The idea of sex and contraceptives among secondary school students in Nigeria has become an issue of growing concern.  In the past, sex and contraceptives used to be a thing for only married couples.   This primary knowledge has guided some people to believing that secondary school student do not have sex and at such need no contraceptive.  This kind of belief may not be correct.   Due to urbanization, modernization, industrialization, and the wide spread use of social media around the wo...

Women, but treated as sub-humans: Sexually-degrading Widowhood Practices in some Nigerian societies.

Married life is a much desired status in Nigeria for both men and women in Nigeria. However, nothing prepares one for widowhood. Apart from the fact that widows go through considerable amount of emotional and psychological stress, rather than be sympathized with, or even assisted, they are subjected to inhumane sexually-degrading widowhood practices. Such practices include being forced to have sex with the dead body of the deceased partner, being made to take public baths or tr...

Indiscriminatory Waste Disposal and Health Hazards in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State: Causes and Effects

The study generally investigated indiscriminatory waste disposal and health hazards in Ado-Ekiti, State. Specifically, the research work assessed the challenges of waste management, the causes and effects of indiscriminatory waste disposal, practices related to indiscriminatory waste disposal and the relationship between indiscriminatory waste disposal and health hazards.The research adopted a descriptive and exploratory-cross-sectional-non-experimental survey design. Data...

Attitude towards Access and Utilization of Maternal Health Services by Women at Sabon-Gari Local Government Area, Kaduna, Nigeria

AbstractObjective: Maternal deaths are alarmingly high globally due to relatively non-availability and non-use of maternal health services by a sizeable proportion of women in rural communities. Women in North-western Nigeria are presently experiencing the worst survival due to key components of maternal health services not being provided at Primary Health Centres (PHCs). The study, therefore, explores the attitude of women toward access and utilization of Maternal Health Services (MHS) p...

The Yoruba Ethnic Group

The Yoruba are one of the largest African ethnic groups south of the Sahara Desert. They are, in fact, not a single group, but rather a collection of diverse people bound together by a common language, history, and culture. Within Nigeria, the Yoruba dominate the western part of the country. Yoruba mythology holds that all Yoruba people descended from a hero called Odua or Oduduwa 

Ontology and Epistemology of Islamic Philosophers

Islamic philosophy refers to philosophy produced in an Islamic society. Islamic philosophy is a generic term that can be defined and used in different ways. In its broadest sense it means the world view of Islam, as derived from the Islamic texts concerning the creation of the universe and the will of the Creator

Colonial Origin of the Nigerian Armed Forces Beginning from the West African Frontier Forces

The history of English-speaking West Africa in the second half of the 19th century was to a great extent interwoven with European military developments on the West Coast. This does not mean that up till this time the military had been absent as a driving force in the history of West Africa, for the use of the army by European powers in West Africa, whether for "holding operations", for provisioning ships en route to the cape coast; for the defence of static defensive works, for garriso...

Practicable Solutions to the Problems of Ethnicity and Regionalism in Nigeria

Ethnicity is a popular cliché used to describe or analyze various forms of anomalies in the Nigerian nation building. It is defined as “a label for social groups who feel a distinct sense of difference by virtue of common culture and descent” (Glazer and Moynihan; 1975). In Nigerian context, ethnicity is defined as a social phenomenon associated with the identity of members of a competing communal group(s) seeking to protect and advance their interest in a political system. The re...

Cultural History of the Ijebu Ethnic Group

The indigenes of Ijebuland are perceived to have an underlying belief of seniority in comparison to other kingdoms of the Yoruba tribe, owing to claims of being the first Yoruba settlers in Nigeria and consequently considering it somewhat belittling to be subject to the rulership of later settlers and their kings, the likes of the Ooni of Ife (King of Ife), Alaafin of Oyo (King of Oyo) and the Alake of Egbaland (King of the Egbas). 

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