Australian Social Work, 65(4), 474-489. 10. 1080/0312407X. 201 2. 89309 DOI: In this article, the authors’ aim is to reveal the hidden nature of gambling and address the gap between academic research which mainly focuses on either, housing or gambling rather than the relationship between them. In-depth, semi-structured Interviews were conducted on eighteen service providers and on ten male and seven female assistance seeking, homeless and gambling participants between twenty-two and sixty-three years old. Grounded and adaptive theory was used to analyses participants’ experience and comparative and inductive analysis was used to Interpret underlying patterns In participants’ responses.
Most of the service users and service providers recognized a connection between homelessness and gambling. Service providers acknowledged that help seekers will rarely disclose gambling problems. The evidence indicates that reluctance, denial and unwillingness to admit o their problems complicate the process for service providers to identify the assistance they need. The author recognizes stigma, shame and low self-esteem to be the key reasons behind hiding gambling problems. The study was limited to a Similar studies across a broad range of locations are important to further understand complex issues such as gambling and homelessness.
Landfall, L. & Boredom, l. (2009). The altered body after breast cancer surgery. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, 4, 280-287. Dot: 10. 3109/17482620903106645 The human body plays a central role in the female identity. When a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer and her body threatened, she may feel as if she is losing her identity and life. The aim of this study is to describe how Swedish women experience their reconstructed bodies after breast cancer surgery and what they think of their bodies after surgery.
A phenomenological approach was used to highlight the women’s experiences of their altered bodies after breast cancer surgery. Ten women aged forty-three to sixty-two, who had undergone breast cancer surgery, were interviewed. The interviews were audio-taped, lasted between one and two hours and were transcribed verbatim. The authors find four meaningful constituents: my body has failed me; my body is a prison; a home where a struggle is taking place and to make friends with the altered body.
Landfall & Boredom discuss how the difference between the surgeon altering the body and the body being altered by the tumor are both seen to be connected to the women’s thoughts about their altered bodies. The main limitation was the limited number of women living in the same geographic area, thus the author acknowledges that different findings may appear in other areas. Sharply, E. (2009). Bringing them in: the experiences of imported and overseas- lifted teachers. Australian Journal of Education, 53(2), 192-206. Dot: 10. 177/000494410905300207 This article presents the experiences of imported and overseas qualified teachers recruited to rural and remote schools where continuous staffing difficulties exist. The study was conducted in the interpretative paradigm, in order to comprehend the experiences of participants by accessing their perspectives. Snowball sampling was used and a longitudinal collective case study of fifteen months examined the perspectives of six overseas-qualified teachers aged between twenty-two and fifty-six. Data was collected through questionnaires, ongoing telephone interviews, site visits and email.
Data analysis was performed through an inductive process and grounded theory. The findings of this study present an optimistic view of the outcomes of employing overseas-qualified teachers that are not consistent with media reports and unreliable views of school executives. Considering all teachers experienced difficulties with appointment, relocation and adaptation to their Australian contexts, four of the six teachers remained in their appointed school for at least two years. Contract renewal, cultural beliefs, bureaucracies and the workload of new teachers is argued to cause teachers to avoid participation.
The research highlights the need for more extensive knowledge of the experiences of overseas-qualified teachers who fill trustworthiness of these findings requires further investigation.. Tariff, A. (2012). Hip hop as empowerment: voices in El Alto, Bolivia. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 25(4), 397- 415. Dot: 10. 1080/09518398. 2012. 673030 This article examines the ways Latent Indigenous youth use hip hop for empowerment. As a phenomenological study, this research seeks to understand experiences of a small number of people.
In-depth, exploratory and interactive interviews were conducted to understand the personal experiences and personal meanings of those experiences. Based on twenty hours of audiotape interviews, participant observation, field notes, and participants’ lyrics, data analysis were grouped into two themes: self and society and the Indigenous and the system. Tariff found that the hip hop that Lateens set forth is reflexive rather than aggressive and most importantly that young Lateens’ desire is to educate people through their music.
Latent hip hop artists make efforts to re-establish ties with Indigenous culture, mainly through native language use and constructing their own identities, which reflect both Indigenous heritage and globalization. The author discusses the complexity of state repression that Indigenous communities suffered and how Latin America is going through a process of reclaiming what originally belonged to the Indigenous, which is crucial to the empowerment of the Lateens. The author’s Bolivian background and the decision to translate some of the data herself may have caused political bias and caused feasible limitations to the results.