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    There is no crisis of civic participation: The Big Society risks undermining the integrity of both state and civil society

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    David Cameron’s Big Society idea is ambitious but its implications are far from straightforward. David Lewis argues that the government’s attempt to reshape relationships between citizens, state, and market may rapidly become a political liability and burden voluntary groups and charities with responsibilities that they may be unable to deliver on

    Moral Incongruence and Perceived Addiction: A Contemporary Dilemma with Pornography Use

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    Exposure to pornography has become more widespread due to the Internet, with the age of exposure as early as 13 years of age. With the shift of the moral narrative that pornography use is harmful personally and relationally, many who advocate against pornography use do so primarily on the basis of its maladaptive effects on the user and the user’s relationships. Within the context of the moral disapproval of pornography use, this study assesses the relationship that age, church attendance, and spirituality have with perceived addiction to pornography. This study hypothesized that age, church attendance, and spirituality will have a moderating effect on perceived addiction. The 127 participants consisted of Protestants, Catholics, and nondenominational Christians. A cross-sectional design was used for this study. This study found a strong relationship between moral incongruence and perceived pornography addiction. Age was found to be negatively correlated with perceived pornography addiction. Spirituality was found to have a strong positive correlation with perceived pornography addiction. Also, spirituality was found to moderate the relationship between moral incongruence and perceived pornography addiction. This study informs practitioners who utilize spirituality when working with those who have maladaptive effects from pornography use

    Multi-service management in a multi-provider environment

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    As the spread of digital networks makes access to data communications globally available, the interest of communication service providers is switching away from the provision of these bearer networks and towards the provision of the value added services that will operate over them. At the same time the liberalisation of telecommunication markets is precipitating a dramatic change in the profile of communication service providers. In this complex telecommunications markets the open management, not only of the networks, but of the services themselves will become increasingly important. The large number and diversity of roles of the market players makes the management of inter-organisational relationships fundamentally important to the management of services. The ITU's series of recommendations on the telecommunication management network (TMN) provides a basis for inter-domain management, however, this and other standards have so far concentrated on the management of individual network components and of networks operated by single organisations. This paper provides an initial example of how the management of multiple services in a complex multi-player market can be modelled using TMN techniques for implementation on existing management platforms. The paper begins by briefly outlining current work in this field before describing aspects of this multi-player multi-service management problem and how they can be modelled and implemented in a real system

    Re-Taking the Test

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    Application of Avital Ronnell's theory of the "test drive" to high-stakes standardized testing in K-12 schooling

    The Studious University: A Marxist-Psychoanalytic Groundwork

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    How a pedagogy of study can work against the neoliberal university, from a psychoanalytic-Marxist perspective