Historical Social Research

Current Issue: Terrorism, Gender, and History

HSR Vol. 39 (2014) No. 3:
Special Issue: Terrorism, Gender, and History.

Sylvia Schraut & Klaus Weinhauer (Eds.): Terrorism, Gender, and History. State of Research, Concepts, Case Studies.

Gendered perspectives on terrorism are still absent in most scientific disciplines. This HSR Special Issue stands in the tradition of interdisciplinary culturalist terrorism research, which emerged in the 1990s. Overall, the contributions of this volume demonstrate four research results: First, analyzing terrorism singularly as a present-day political phenomenon fails to recognize its long political, historical and cultural traditions. Second, to neglect gender in political or academic terrorism studies blinds us to the transnational, entangled and transgenerational influence of gender concepts on terroristic agency and on understanding the representation of the terrorist in the media and in scholarly research. Third, the gendered interaction of terrorism with the state and with media societies is of crucial importance. In media societies, mainstream media do not simply transmit information. Instead, they can support dominant politico-cultural norms and values, but can also set agendas by presenting, interpreting and discussing terrorist acts and related state actions. Thus they generate follow-up communication which challenges terrorists and the state. Fourth, it has been shown that interdisciplinary cooperation in gendered terrorism studies broadens and strengthens our knowledge about political violence; it also demonstrates the advantages of emphasizing not only the necessity to use gender as analytical category, but also the necessity to reflect the meaning of the gender concepts we use.

Focus: Interactive Visualizations.

Daniel Hienert (Ed.): A Model for the Integration of Interactive Visualizations into the Process of Information Searching and Linking on the Web.

The Web provides access to a mass of heterogeneous information. Accessing this information through search engines and browsing is nowadays a standard procedure for everyone. Interactive visualizations can be an integral part of the search and linking process because they provide benefits like (1) a variety of different representations for big, heterogeneous and complex information and (2) their interactivity that supports the cognition process of the user. This HSR Focus discusses the foundations in information searching, information visualization and information processing and builds a model for the integration of interactive visualizations into the process of information searching and linking on the Web.

Furthermore, this HSR contains a Mixed Issue.

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39.3 - Table of Contents & Abstracts

39.3 - Table of Contents & Abstracts

Special Issue: Terrorism, Gender, and History
  • Sylvia Schraut & Klaus Weinhauer: Terrorism, Gender, and History – Introduction. [Abstract]
  • Eva Herschinger: Political Science, Terrorism and Gender. [Abstract]
  • Sue Malvern & Gabriel Koureas: Terrorist Transgressions: Exploring the Gendered Representations of the Terrorist. [Abstract]
  • Dominique Grisard: History of Knowledge, Terrorism and Gender. [Abstract]
  • Kevin Keenan: Gender Aspects of Terrorism in Urban Spaces. [Abstract]
  • María Xosé Agra Romero: Escaping/Transgressing the Feminine: Bodies, Prisons and Weapons of Proximity. [Abstract]
  • Maleeha Aslam: Islamism and Masculinity: Case Study Pakistan. [Abstract]
  • Amanda Third: Mediating the Female Terrorist: Patricia Hearst and the Containment of the Feminist Terrorist Threat in the United States in the 1970s. [Abstract]
Focus: Interactive Visualizations
  • Daniel Hienert: A Model for the Integration of Interactive Visualizations into the Process of Information Searching and Linking on the Web. [Abstract]
  • Daniel Hienert: Grundlagen der Informationssuche, Informationsvisualisierung und Informationsverarbeitung für die Integration von interaktiven Visualisierungen in die Websuche. [Abstract]
Mixed Issue
  • Merlin Schaeffer: The Social Meaning of Inherited Financial Assets. Moral Ambivalences of Intergenerational Transfers. [Abstract]
  • Christian Morgner: The Evolution of the Art Fair. [Abstract]
  • Roberto Riccuiti: Fascism was not a Developmental Dictatorship. Evidence from Simple Tests. [Abstract]
  • Sarah Irwin, Joanna Bornat & Mandy Winterton: Qualitative Secondary Analysis in Austere Times: A Reply to Coltart, Henwood and Shirani. [Abstract]

39.2 - Spatial Analysis

HSR Vol. 39 (2014) No. 2:
Special Issue: Spatial Analysis in the Social Sciences and Humanities

Cornelia Thierbach, Anna Laura Raschke, Linda Hering & Nina Baur (Eds.): Spatial Analysis in the Social Sciences and Humanities. Towards Integrating Qualitative, Quantitative and Cartographic Approaches

Due to the Spatial Turn, research on space and spatiality has increased in all humanities and social sciences. Although there have been many theoretical debates and empirical studies within the above fields of research about the meaning and relevance of space, the debate is to this day surprisingly unintegrated as debates remain fixed within their respective fields. Interdisciplinary discussion is still the exception and so far has not resulted in a common cohesive analytical framework. Even more startling is that despite the long history and large quantity of empirical studies using space and spatial concepts as an analytical category, there is no systematic debate on methodology and methods of spatial analysis. This is even more surprising as there is a broad and thorough knowledge on many methodological problems concerning spatial analysis in various disciplines and subfields of these disciplines.

This HSR Special Issue thus aims at starting a debate on integrating the methodological debate on spatial analysis in various humanities and social sciences, bridging the gaps between different research fields like geography, cartography and geo-information sciences, cross-cultural survey research, sociology, architecture and urban planning, literature and philosophy. The contributions in this issue address questions such as: Which qualitative and/or quantitative methods are best suited for which kind of theoretical problems? Which sampling strategies are appropriate for spatial problems? What are the specific data requirements for spatial analysis, and how can these data be collected? Which strategies of data analysis are appropriate for spatial analysis?

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39.2 - Table of Contents & Abstracts

39.2 - Table of Contents & Abstracts

Special Issue: Spatial Analysis
  • Nina Baur, Linda Hering, Anna Laura Raschke & Cornelia Thierbach Theory and Methods in Spatial Analysis. Towards Integrating Qualitative, Quantitative and Cartographic Approaches in the Social Sciences and Humanities. [Abstract]
  • Sebastian Scholl, Matthias Lahr-Kurten & Marc Redepenning: Considering the Role of Presence and Absence in Space Constructions. Ethnography as Methodology in Human Geography. [Abstract]
  • Jannecke Rauscher: Grasping Cities through Literary Representations. A Mix of Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches to Analyze Crime Novels. [Abstract]
  • Petra Gehring & Andreas Großmann: Constructing Discursive Differences. Towards a "Logic" of Cities. [Abstract]
  • Grégoire Mallard: Studying Tensions between Imaginary Spaces and Concrete Places: The Method of Paired Biographies Applied to Scientists' Laboratory Lives. [Abstract]
  • Cornelia Thierbach & Alexandra Lorenz: Exploring the Orientation in Space. Mixing Focused Ethnography and Surveys in Social Experiment. [Abstract]
  • Sabina Reh & Robert Temel: Observing the Doings of Built Spaces. Attempts of an Ethnography of Materiality. [Abstract]
  • Eva-Christina Edinger: Examining Space Perceptions. Combining Visual and Verbal Data with Reactive and Non-Reactive Methods in Studies of the Elderly and Library Users. [Abstract]
  • Bettina Lelong: Grasping Micro-Macro-Interactions in Urban Development Politics: A Multidimensional Network Approach to Collective Action. [Abstract]
  • Grabriela B. Christmann: Investigating Spatial Transformation Processes. An Ethnographic Discourse Analysis in Disadvantaged Neighbourhoods. [Abstract]
  • Nina Baur: Comparing Societies and Cultures. Challenges of Cross-Cultural Survey Research as an Approach to Spatial Analysis. [Abstract]
  • Vojtěch Nosek & Pavlína Netrdová: Measuring Spatial Aspects of Variability. Comparing Spatial Autocorrelation with Regional Decomposition in International Unemployment Research. [Abstract]
  • Anjanette M. Chan-Tack: The Case for Spatially-Sensitive Data. How Data Structures Affect Spatial Measurement and Substantive Theory. [Abstract]