Research Papers/Topics in Sociology

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...

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...

Improving youth employment in Botswana: The need for evidence based policy and programme development

Youth unemployment is a major policy concern that deserves urgent attention because it has become a threat to the social, economic and political stability of the country. It leads to a variety of social ills, including; poverty, alcohol abuse, crime and social unrests. Policy and programmes response to the problem of youth unemployment are many and varied but have almost always taken the form of social welfare provision and less on promotion of practical education and skills training. ...

Challenges to social policies: A critical analysis of youth intervention programmes in Botswana

Young people are an important human resource and Botswana is no exception. The critical challenge facing Botswana is to raise the rate of economic growth to levels incorporating broad based improvement in the standards of living and well-being of youth. The country faces high levels of poverty, unemployment and inequality which have hit the youth group so hard. Significant pockets of poverty remain, especially in rural areas. The living conditions of the vast majority of Botswana are d...

Poverty and Child Labour: Its Economic Implication on Itiam Community

Abstract: This study examined the issues relating to poverty and child labour, and its economic implication on Itiam Community with particular references to economic status of parents, income of parents, and economic status of parents at childhood. Using chi-square method for the analyses, a total of 473 questionnaires were distributed to randomly selected secondary schools in the three villages that make up Itiam Community. Out of the 473 questionnaires, only 316 were returned. Giv...

Poverty, Illiteracy cum Prosperity Theology in Nigeria: A Quantitative Study

ABSTRACTProsperity Theology is the teaching that believers have a right to the blessings of health and wealth and that they can obtain these blessings through positive confessions of faith and the “sowing of seeds” through the faithful payment of tithes and offerings.  However, the literature reveals that most adherents to the prosperity gospel are not prospering financially and prosperity preachers have been accused of feeding fat from the donations of church members.  Even at that, mi...

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