https://pubs.ufs.ac.za/index.php/ijss/issue/feed Interdisciplinary Journal of Sociality Studies 2022-08-25T14:58:28+02:00 Bunmi I. Omodan (PhD) bomodan@wsu.ac.za Open Journal Systems <p>Interdisciplinary Journal of Sociality Studies (IJSS) "ISSN: 2789-5661" is an internationally referred double-blind peer-reviewed "open access" journal. IJSS provides a platform for academics, practitioners, and social development experts to publish their intellectual works. IJSS encourages empirical research, theoretical argument, review and conceptual opinions on social development, policies and practices, relationships and innovations that empower individuals, families, groups, organisations, and small and large entities. Our interest is limited to the practical application of social-related issues, social interpretations, and emancipation of socially disadvantaged groups, which contributes to creating a socially just, rights and humanity-based context.</p> https://pubs.ufs.ac.za/index.php/ijss/article/view/603 Spatio-Temporal Analysis of Boko Haram Attacks and its Effects on Education in Northern Nigeria (2009-2020) 2022-03-03T13:42:49+02:00 Adewale Akingbade olabamijiafolabiemmanuel@gmail.com Afolabi Olabamiji olabamijiafolabiemmanuel@gmail.com Olayinka Ajala olabamijiafolabiemmanuel@gmail.com <p>The persistent attacks from Boko Haram have been issues of concern to the Nigerian government and its citizens. The study assessed spatio-temporal pattern of attacks by Boko-Haram insurgents and its effects on education in the Northern Region of Nigeria between 2009 and 2020 with specific objectives of ascertaining the pattern of the attacks, and appraising the trend of attacks’ fatalities over time, and reviewing the effects of the attacks on education. The study covered all three geopolitical zones (19 States with FCT) in the Northern Region of Nigeria. Data on Boko-Haram attacks were obtained from the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED) database. Nearest Neighbourhood Analysis and Geographically Weighted Regression on ArcGIS 10.8 were analytical techniques adopted in this study. Results with a negative Z-value of -88.62 indicated the clustered pattern of Boko-Haram at an observed mean distance of 1213 metres from one attack to another. There were 28 792 reported fatalities due to Boko-Haram attacks from 2009 and 2020. Boko Haram has affected the education system of the Northern Region of Nigeria through attacks and abduction of students. The study revealed that geospatial technology has the potential to analyse and monitor insecurity issues, and it is thus recommended that geospatial technology need to be integrated into security surveillance and operation to curb the challenges of insecurity on education, not only in the northern region but the entire space of Nigeria, so that Sustainable Development Goal Four (quality education for all) can be achieved.</p> 2022-01-01T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Adewale Akingbade, Afolabi Olabamiji, Olayinka Ajala https://pubs.ufs.ac.za/index.php/ijss/article/view/624 Assessing Professors' Prestige, Reasons behind Declining Dignity: A Special Review of Nepalese Context 2022-03-29T20:44:28+02:00 Atindra Dahal atindra.dahal@ksl.edu.np <p><em>Across the globe, a professor is not only an academically alluring position but also one of the most vital and valuable statuses that the government, as well as other professional societies of respective countries, pay with unparalleled dignity and prestige. However, the situation of professors in Nepal has gone haywire, setting a noticeably regressive and defaming decline compared to the other countries of the world. This paper tries to thoroughly assess the situation of decaying dignity of the professors in Nepal. Besides, it tries to unearth those substantial causes that have obstructed professors from upholding the expected dignity of position as earned by the professors in other countries. As an inference, this study has found that the dignity of professors in Nepal is at a constantly declining state and deplorable downward trajectory. An apparent erosion in academic integrity and honesty, zero research engagement, fewer professors and more political fellows, followed by excess politicisation in universities, has degraded the system. Thus, they should be completely barred from political engagement. Making quality research works compulsory and refraining universities from political intervention and experiment is a must. Finally, this paper argues that reviving authentic academic culture might assist in repairing the decay of professorial dignity.</em></p> 2022-04-09T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Atindra Dahal https://pubs.ufs.ac.za/index.php/ijss/article/view/680 Striking a Balance between Two Extremes: COVID-19 Pentecostal Annotations and Government’s Response-Actions in Nigeria 2022-07-23T13:39:51+02:00 Taiwo Oladeji Adefisoye taiwo.adefisoye@gmail.com Isaac Adegbenga ALADEGBOLA isaac.aladegbola@crawforduniversity.edu.ng <p><em>The outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and subsequent government’s response-actions generated fascinating reactions and interpretations from different quarters in Nigeria. The country’s vibrant socio-political and religious spaces were inundated by a series of interpretations, thoughts and opinions, especially by prominent clergies from the Pentecostal Christian faith. Five perspectives emerged: the divinely-permitted pandemic/punishment perspective, the eschatological perspective; the Satanic-orchestration perspective; the conspiracy perspective; and the pragmatist’s perspective. This article examines the thrusts, strengths and limitations of these perspectives in the light of scientific explanations of the global outbreak of COVID-19 and government’s response-actions in Nigeria. The standpoint was used as the theoretical underpinning for the study, while the argument was based on secondary sources, including audio/visual sermons/addresses of various clergies on the subject matter. These were content-analysed and subjected to historical and descriptive methods. Findings show that while some of the claims and interpretations by proponents of the perspectives were labelled ‘unscientific’, unverifiable, outrageous and premised on sentiments, such claims went a long way to shape beliefs, public perception and disposition to the pandemic and subsequent measures by the government. It was concluded that such overriding influence ought to have been leveraged by the government to achieve compliance with its measures and manage the pandemic regarding its spread and the administration of vaccines.</em></p> 2022-07-28T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Taiwo Oladeji Adefisoye , Isaac Adegbenga ALADEGBOLA https://pubs.ufs.ac.za/index.php/ijss/article/view/683 Dilemmas of Children Raised by Single Parents in the Kingdom of Eswatini 2022-07-27T17:09:51+02:00 Phumuzani Mpofu mpofup89@gmail.com Siphiwe Hlobsile Tfwala hlobsilelukhambule@gmail.com <p><em>Children raised by single parents face many challenges that can be social, psychological, cultural or economic, resulting in erratic behavior. This study explored the dilemmas of children raised by single parents in the Kingdom of Eswatini in Lubombo region. The study was undertaken in a transformative research paradigm, and the Participatory Action Learning Action Research (PALAR) design was used. This qualitative study employed in-depth interviews and focus group discussions to get views from single parents and children in single parenting, and the data were analysed through thematic analysis. A sample of six single parents and six children raised by single parents were selected from the Lubombo region using the purposive sampling technique. Informed by Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalytic theory, the findings of the study revealed that single parenting led to children feeling abandoned, rejected and unloved by the absent parent, which had social and psychological effects on the children. The study concluded that children raised by single parents face psychological, social, economic and cultural challenges. Most of them are fixated and need counselling. The study suggests, for Eswatini, that the Home Affairs Department, in partnership with relevant non-governmental organisations (NGOs) should make psychological counselling readily available for single parents and their children</em><em>. </em></p> 2022-08-20T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Phumuzani Mpofu, Siphiwe Hlobsile Tfwala https://pubs.ufs.ac.za/index.php/ijss/article/view/730 Face Threatening Act and Gender Bias in Manggarain Marriage Proposal, Indonesia 2022-08-25T14:58:28+02:00 Hieronimus Canggung Darong hieronimusdarong@gmail.com Erna Niman ernaniman@gmail.com Yosefina Helenora Jem jemyosefina@gmail.com <p><em>This study aimed to describe and analyze the spokesmen's politeness strategies and gender bias in their utterances when making a marriage proposal in Manggarai, Indonesia. This study was under the philosophy of interpretivism with the employment of descriptive qualitative design. Six spokesmen in three different marriage proposals were the main source of data. Since the researchers were participant observers, relevant data notes were taken. To support the observation data, the researchers conducted interviews and documentation studies. Dwelling pragmatic theory, the obtained data were analyzed through some stages: data reduction, data display, and drawing a conclusion. It is discovered that on record without redressive consisting of positive and negative type is predominantly used as a strategy followed by redressive and off the record. In addition, gender bias was found in the use of the figurative language of metaphor, simile, and symbolism in the spokesmen’s utterances. In order to have effective and meaningful interpersonal relationships and communication, it is, therefore, crucial that we understand what to say and how to say it</em><em>.</em></p> 2022-08-31T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Hieronimus Canggung Darong, Erna Mena Niman, Yosefina Helenora Jem