Theses Series

Publication of doctoral theses on ethics from the South.
 

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The Experience of Being a Divorced or Separated Single Mother:A Phenomenological Study

The Experience of Being a Divorced or Separated Single Mother:A Phenomenological Study

Author: Sabina Kavutha Mutisya

ISBN: 978-2-88931-274-0
Series number: Globethics.net Theses No. 31
Publication: 2019

This book sought a deeper understanding of experiences concerning fifteen divorced and separated single mothers, five African American, five Caucasian and five Latino aged 27–52 years, divorced or separated for one year or more with one or more dependent children below sixteen years old. The qualitative phenomenological approach employed in-depth interviews to collect narratives thus illustrating its usefulness in bringing out rich data. The implications of the findings for the Mental Health Profession, and the Teaching Profession for both the mothers and their children are stated. Detailed descriptions of the lived experiences of divorced and separated women and associated meanings clarify particular aspects in their lives that could affect their wellbeing. Certain aspects of their lives that promote life satisfaction are also highlighted.

 

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Human Dignity in Managing Employees

 Tibor Héjj: Human Dignity in Managing Employees book cover

Author: Tibor Héjj

ISBN: 978-2-88931-280-1
Series number: Globethics.net Theses No. 32
Publication: 2019

The Academic, Church and Business sectors have been three independent worlds for too long. Only recently have the ideas and theories of one segment started to develop and generate a strong and acknowledged impact on the other sectors, cross-fertilizing each other. The aim of this thesis is to summarize how it is possible to derive from theology the kind of philosophical anthropology which can serve as a basis for the right management theory together with its implementation. It is based on the Church's Catholic Social Teaching (CST), specifically on its prime pillar of "human dignity", together with the related academic disciplines, while providing a useful performative approach for those in business. The conclusion is an alternative, holistic system, that considers the employees as persons, rather than economic factors.

 

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Ijtihād Maqāṣidi: The Interconnected Maṣlaḥah-Based Reconstruction of Islamic Laws

Ijtihād Maqāṣidi: The Interconnected Maṣlaḥah-Based Reconstruction of Islamic Laws

Author: A. Halil Thahir

ISBN: 978-2-88931-221-4
Series number: Globethics.net Theses No. 30
Publication: 2019

In this book Islamic law is presented from various perspectives to find the common thread between the Sharia, Islamic law and Islamic jurisprudence. The discussion is focused on the characteristics and principles of Islamic law as a means of providing a general overview of how Islamic law should be positioned, especially in the efforts of formulating legal rules that seek to bring benefit for people. Islamic law is brought from its ideal concepts into practical usage. This works gives many concrete examples of the critical understanding of social behaviours in the Islamic society, such as Muslim clothing and the conduct of Muslim women, by providing meticulous hermeneutic analysis of the literature that is used as legitimation of certain religious conventions. This work instills a deep ethical understanding of the normative foundations of Islamic law in the global perspective.

 

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Catholics in Manggarai, Flores, Eastern Indonesia

Catholics in Manggarai, Flores, Eastern Indonesia

Author: Fransiska Widyawati

ISBN: 978-2-88931-268-9
Series number: Globethics.net Theses No. 29
Publication: 2018

In comparison with other parts of Indonesia, Catholicism in Manggarai, West Flores, Eastern Indonesia is relatively new. The Divine Missionaries started to introduce Catholic Church at the beginning of 20th century. Only in about thirty years, most of the people had become Catholics. Now, in terms of the number of the Catholics, church buildings, Catholic schools, priests, parishes, and religious congregations, the Church of Manggarai (with apostolic administration's name, the Diocese of Ruteng) has become the biggest Church in Indonesia. This book studies on the development of Catholicism in Manggarai during the 20th century; the process by which Catholicization relate to local religion, politics and identity; the perception of Manggarai Catholic to Catholicism; and the main problems and struggles that confronted Manggaraian the politics of conversion and transformation to be a vastly Catholic land in the contemporary time.

 

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Christian Education in Nigeria and Ethical Challenges. Context of Enugu Diocese

Christian Education in Nigeria and Ethical Challenges. Context of Enugu Diocese

Author: Ernest Obodo

ISBN: 978-2-88931-256-6
Series number: Globethics.net These Series No. 28
Publication: 2018

The main focus of this work is that, by her vocation, the Church has the mandate and challenge to teach all nations. It is her pastoral and canonical responsibility. School method of Evangelization was the successful tool in the hands of the early Missionaries in Nigeria. But the State forcefully took over Mission schools in 1970. Nationalization of schools and monopoly of control are forms of state-imposed secularism and moral relativism. Forty years after this nationalization of schools, the system of education has virtually collapsed. Just recently, the State started the process of returning mission schools to their various owners.

 

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Ahmadi Women Resisting Fundamentalist Persecution. A Case Study on Active Group Resistance in Indonesia

Ahmadi Women Resisting Fundamentalist Persecution. A Case Study on Active Group Resistance in Indonesia

Author: Nina Mariani Noor

ISBN: 978-2-88931-222-1
Series number: Globethics.net Theses No. 28
Publication: 2017

Since the start of the Reformasi era and the fall of the New Order regime led by President Suharto in 1998, there have been numerous incidents of violence against the Ahmadiyya in Indonesia stemming from different interpretations of the Qur'an, which has led to the destruction of mosques and cases of murder.  This dissertation focuses on Ahmadi women's experiences in dealing with conflict and the ways they organize themselves to resist conflict for the betterment of their lives in the face of social and institutional discrimination.

 

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John of Damascus and Heresy. A Basis for Understanding Modern Heresy

John of Damascus and Heresy. A Basis for Understanding Modern Heresy

Author: Timothee B. Mushagalusa

ISBN: 978-2-88931-205-4
Series number: Globethics.net Theses No. 27
Publication: 2017

This study investigates the understanding of heresy and the heretic according to Saint John of Damascus. For him, a heretic was any Christian who, by wilful choice, departs from the one orthodox tradition by adopting a personal opinion on the common faith which he intends to institute as sole truth. Our research is divided into two parts and aims to apply John of Damascus' understanding of the recurring identity of the Christian heretic and his behaviour. By using historical-theological, interdisciplinary and diachronical approaches, the author demonstrates through two case studies, namely, the Dutch Reformed Churches and Apartheid, and Kimbanguism, that this Church Father, who is the ‘seal of the patristic era,' remains a relevant authority for our comprehension of heresy and the heretic.
 

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Struggles for Women-Inclusive Leadership in Toraja Church in Indonesia and the Evangelical Church of Vietnam. Agency and Structural Change

Struggles for Women-Inclusive Leadership in Toraja Church in Indonesia and the Evangelical Church of Vietnam. Agency and Structural Change

Author: Le Ngoc Bich Ly

ISBN: 978-2-88931-210-8 8
Series number: Globethics.net Theses No. 25
Publication: 2017

Traditionally, women in Vietnam have been seen as the sole nurturer and care-taker of the family. Similarly, recent reports show that both men and women in Vietnam expect women to behave in a socially constrained way. Women's struggle for leadership in religious organizations in Southeast Asia has been particularly characterized with various levels of accomplishment. This study takes the Toraja Church in Indonesia and the Evangelical Church of Vietnam as two cross-cultural case studies. As the main causes of change in the churches, the author discusses (1) the degree of destabilizing forces from external context and institutional structure; (2) the degree of support and identification with the struggle by male leaders; and (3) the dominant existence of women's feminist projects and their success in turning their feminist projects into collective effort.

 

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Women's Status and Gender Relations in Post-Genocide Rwanda. Focus on the Local and Everyday Life Level

Women's Status and Gender Relations in Post-Genocide Rwanda. Focus on the Local and Everyday Life Level

Author: Josephine Mukabera

ISBN: 978-2-88931-193-4
Series number: Globethics.net Theses No. 24
Publication: 2017

After the 1994 genocide against Tutsi in Rwanda, the Government introduced gender equality programs in its development priorities to reduce gender-based inequalities and poverty. Currently, Rwanda tops the list as the country with the highest proportion of women in parliament worldwide, with nearly 64 percent of seats held by women. However, some people remain biased against the concept of women in position of power. Institutional gender sensitive norms, equally benefiting women and men, and correcting gender biased practices in leadership opportunities and rights provision are needed. This work assesses changes related to women's status and gender relations at the local level of Rwanda, exploring the responsibilities allocated to women in the local government, religious institutions and the family decisions.

 

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Work Motivation and Pro-Social Behavior in the Delivery of Public Services. Theoretical and Empirical Insights

Work Motivation and Pro-Social Behavior in the Delivery of Public Services. Theoretical and Empirical Insights

Author: Nicoleta Acatrinei

ISBN: 978-2-88931-150-7
Series number: Globethics.net Theses No. 23
Publication: 2016

Motivating civil servants is a key issue in the delivery of public services. Issues such as efficiency, performance, anti-corruption and quality of public services are highly dependent on the motivation of employees in public services. How to motivate them in order to better fulfill the objectives of public agencies? This research is original by proposing, thanks to a structural equation modelling, a global work motivational model allowing the disentanglement of intrinsic and extrinsic work motivations and their inner interactions. She shows how and when these types of motivation impact positively or negatively various work related outcomes, such as prosocial behavior, anti-corruption behavior, job satisfaction, altruistic behavior at work which are sources of efficiency and ethics in government activities.

 

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Les fondements éthiques du féminisme. Réflexions à partir du contexte africain

Les fondements éthiques du féminisme. Réflexions à partir du contexte africain

Author: Fifamè Fidèle Houssou Gandonou

ISBN: 978-2-88931-138-5
Series number: Globethics.net Theses No. 22
Publication: 2016

Qu'y a-t-il d'inacceptable aujourd'hui, en Afrique comme ailleurs, dans la condition féminine? Le féminisme bien compris est une réponse à cette question et un effort pratique pour relever le défi d'une injustice criarde, qui maintient la femme dans l'infériorité. L'auteure de cette dissertation présente la clé de compréhension de ce problème social comme une variante du combat contre l'inégalité, où l'éthique déontologique universelle est centrale avec son exigence de dignité pour tous. La première partie du texte évoque la condition féminine en Afrique, la seconde présente l'histoire et l'évolution du féminisme sous différentes formes, enfin la troisième partie, intitulée "Le féminisme, une question éthique et théologique" se concentre sur la déconstruction de l'éthique classique épurée de toute idéologie masculiniste. 

 

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Intelligence Reformation in the Post-Dictatorial Democratic Republic of Congo. A Critical Analysis of DRC's Intelligence Service

Intelligence Reformation in the Post-Dictatorial Democratic Republic of Congo. A Critical Analysis of DRC's Intelligence Service

Author: John Kasuku

ISBN: 978-2-88931-120-0
Series number: Globethics.net Theses No. 21
Publication: 2016

While the current body of knowledge on the role of intelligence services in post-colonial Africa emphazises the protection of dictatorial regimes and poor governance of the security sector as the main contributing factors to the inefficiency and ineffectiveness of African intelligence services, this book offers a critical analysis of the missions assigned to intelligence agencies during different periods of DRC's political history and demonstrates that Congolese intelligence services rather efficiently protected Western interests during the Cold War period, when the West was competing with the Soviet Union over the control of the African continent. During this period, for over three decades, they incidentally protected the political leadership, which is the key role for intelligence services in virtually all states.

 

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Federalism in Nigeria. Between Divisions in Conflict and Stability in Diversity

Federalism in Nigeria. Between Divisions in Conflict and Stability in Diversity

Author: Monica Emmanuel

ISBN: 978-2-88931-106-4
Series number: Globethics.net Theses No. 20
Publication: 2016

Nigeria is a product of the amalgamation of Northern and Southern British protectorates, that is the primary cause of the Nigeria's political instability, ethnoreligious divisions and underdevelopment. Adopting a pragmatic constitutional approach that institutionalizes federal constitution would produce a promising political mechanism for addressing ethnic, cultural and religious diversity. Meanwhile the adoption of relevant political structure should be guided by the ethical and political comparative advantages of many different political structures. The originality of this doctoral research is based on findings from data analyses that show positive dispositions of respondents to adoption of a federal constitution to achieve stability in diversity and the current operation of unitary constitution as inappropriate. The study underlines that adoption and implementation of a federal constitution, fiscal federalism and secularism is sine-qua-non.

 

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Collines des mille souvenirs. Vivre après et avec le génocide perpétré contre les Tutsi du Rwanda

Collines des mille souvenirs. Vivre après et avec le génocide perpétré contre les Tutsi du Rwanda

Author: Andrea Grieder

ISBN: 978-2-88931-100-2
Series number: Globethics.net Theses No. 19
Publication: 2016

Aimable K. S., rescapé du génocide rwandais, écrit: "La souffrance a construit une maison dans mon coeur. Je pleure pour qu'elle soit détruite." Ce témoignage pose directement la question centrale qui anime cette recherche doctorale en anthropologie, centrée sur le génocide perpétré contre les Tutsi du Rwanda. Comment retrouver sa beauté intérieure en dépit des effets traumatiques du génocide et ainsi les surmonter ? Collines des mille souvenirs aborde cette question à travers des portraits, essentiellement de rescapés. Il s'agit d'un regard intime et profond, entre anthropologie et littérature, qui appréhende la vie d'aujourd'hui dans le cadre du paysage émotionnel et social de la société post-génocidaire. Un voyage vers les mille collines du Rwanda – et leur charge mémorielle –, qui esquisse des chemins de guérison.

 

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Ética de la investigación en ciencias sociales. Un análisis de la vulnerabilidad en la investigación social

Ética de la investigación en ciencias sociales. Un análisis de la vulnerabilidad en la investigación social

Author: María Florencia Santi 

ISBN: 978-2-88931-085-2
Series number: Globethics.net Theses No. 18
Publication: 2016

The purpose of this PhD thesis is to make a philosophical analysis of the ethical problems that may arise in the context of social science research. Chapter 1 aims to briefly reconstruct the history of the ethics of social research and account for current developments and academic debates around these issues. Chapter 2 has to describe the main methodological strategies of the social sciences and to make an approach to the ethical problems. Chapters 3 and 4 focus on the particularized analysis of the ethical problems of social investigations in the light of various key concepts: harm, risk, benefit, autonomy, privacy and confidentiality. Chapters 5 and 6 address a novel theme: 

 

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Financial Sustainability of Church Related Organisations. An Empirical Study on Kenya

Financial Sustainability of Church Related Organisations. An Empirical Study on Kenya

Author: Bright Gabriel Mawudor

ISBN: 978-2-88931-081-4
Series number: Globethics.net Theses No. 17
Publication: 2016

Church Related Organizations (CROs) contribute largely to social and economic development. But many of them in developing countries are today facing a financial crisis due to many years of dependency on foreign donations for their diaconal work and as donor support declines. This empirical doctoral thesis in Business Management analyses key determinants for financial sustainability of CROs in Kenya. Key factors for financial sustainability are asset management, donor diversification, own income generation and the donor relations. The book is relevant for Board and management of CROs and other civil society organisations CSOs, for finance officers, for donors as well for students in business management.

 

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Justice and Poverty as Challenges for the Christian Churches. With a Case Study on the Democratic Republic of Congo

Justice and Poverty as Challenges for the Christian Churches. With a Case Study on the Democratic Republic of Congo

Author: Bosela E. Eale

ISBN: 978-2-88931-077-7
Series number: Globethics.net Theses No. 16
Publication: 2015

The goal of this thesis is to investigate the role of Christian churches and the government in the fight against injustice and the eradication of poverty. In the first two Chapters, an overview of the concept of justice is proposed in both the New and Old Testaments, in the light of the challenge for the churches. Chapter three concentrates on an in-depth analysis of the issues surrounding poverty and its causes. The role played by international organisations with regard to the eradication of poverty in developing countries, and especially in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is questioned, while an analysis of the impact of industrialisation and globalisation on developing countries is carried out. Chapter four discusses the theological concept of poverty. The aim of this discussion is to develop theological ethics that can be applied by the churches in their struggle against poverty. The last Chapters tackeles poverty in DRC: plausible explanations are given for why some people live in extreme poverty and not others.

 

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Les héroïnes sans couronne. Leadership des femmes dans les Églises de Pentecôte en Afrique Centrale

Les héroïnes sans couronne. Leadership des femmes dans les Églises de Pentecôte en Afrique Centrale

Author: Kilongo Fatuma Ngongo

ISBN: 978-2-88931-037-1
Series number: Globethics.net Theses No. 15
Publication: 2015

Les femmes, c'est ça l'Église! Cette thèse de doctorat historique, empirique, missiologique et éthique montre le rôle clef des femmes dans une église pentecôtiste en Afrique Centrale entre 1921 et 2011. Le service dans tous les domaines et l'absence des femmes dans les organes de décisions sont les grandes caractéristiques du leadership de femmes. La consécration des femmes au ministère pastoral reste un défi. Le livre est un appel bien-fondé pour un nouveau paradigme du genre et de coopération des femmes et des hommes dans les églises.

 

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Évangélisation et pratique holistique de conversion en Afrique. L'Union des Églises Évangéliques Services et Oeuvres de Côte d'Ivoire 1927-1982

Évangélisation et pratique holistique de conversion en Afrique. L'Union des Églises Évangéliques Services et Oeuvres de Côte d'Ivoire 1927-1982

Author: Alexis Lékpéa Dea

ISBN: 978-2-88931-057-9
Series number: Globethics.net Theses No. 14
Publication: 2015

Qu'est-ce que l'évangélisme ? À quoi reconnait-on une Église évangélique ?
Cette thèse veut rendre compte d'une rencontre et d'un changement global qui se produit dans les croyances, les pratiques religieuses, voire la vie tout court des populations Bété, Néyo, Kroumen, Guéré, Wobè et Dan de l'ouest ivoirien qui ont embrassé le christianisme.
Il s'agit pour nous, dans un premier temps, de décrire leur conversion et de montrer comment les missionnaires, étrangers pour la plupart, ont entrepris l'implantation du christianisme, et dans un deuxième temps de montrer la manière dont ces conversions ont été perçues et vécues par les populations elles-mêmes.
 

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Ethnonationalism and Conflict Resolution. The Armed Group Bany2 in DR Congo

Ethnonationalism and Conflict Resolution. The Armed Group Bany2 in DR Congo

Author: Naupess K. Kibiswa

ISBN: 978-2-88931-031-9
Series number: Globethics.net Theses No. 13
Publication: 2015

Based on evidence collected and analyzed about repetitive armed conflicts in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo in Africa, Dr. Kibiswa establishes in this book that Bany2 armed group leaders, involved in insurgencies, fit into the two Van Evera's criteria of ethnonationalist groups. Indeed, they display more loyalty to their ethnic group than to the DRC nation and are moved by their desire to achieve statehood. As such, this underlying motivation of their never-ending fights is hard for the DRC nation to accommodate, while their geographic proximity to their fatherland as well as the availability of natural resources provide them with favorable conditions.

 

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