3.2 Looking at the family

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4.2 Structure and agency in the explanation of the crime problem

The social sciences are both united and divided by the debate over structure and agency. That debate turns on the degree to which people are either free to act as they choose or are constrained by forces beyond their control and possibly beyond their perceptions.

Structural explanations of human behaviour argue that an unrestrained freedom of action is an illusion. Human behaviour is neither random nor purely self-determined. There is always a range of constraints, rules, pressures, es
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"Environmental Disaster in the Marshes of Southern Iraq"
Josh Ellis has an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies/Public Policy, University of Chicago. There is little doubt that climate change, deforestation, erosion, and the unequal distribution of natural resources around the globe are of pressing importance everywhere, but these problems are perhaps most acute in Asia, home to 64 percent of the world’s population. Much of this population (1 and 1.3 billion, respectively) is concentrated in India and China, two countries with rapidly growing economies,
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Dr. Carla Ferstman (Director of REDRESS), gives a talk for the OTJR Seminar series on 3rd February 2016.
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Deze documenten vormen een leidraad om leerlingen een maaltijd te laten bereiden. Doelstellingen die hieraan gekoppeld worden zijn onder meer:

  • een juliennesoep maken;
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  • groenten schoonmaken;
  • groenten snijden;

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Remplir un tableau de distances (Vidéo)

Pour tenter de construire l'arbre phylogénétique d'un ensemble d'espèces, nous allons utiliser les données et génotypique ou des données génotypiques disponibles sur ces espèces. Plus clairement, nous allons utiliser des séquences d'un gène homologue de ces espèces. La première étape va consister à calculer une matrice ou tableau de ces ...
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15.097 Prediction: Machine Learning and Statistics (MIT)
Prediction is at the heart of almost every scientific discipline, and the study of generalization (that is, prediction) from data is the central topic of machine learning and statistics, and more generally, data mining. Machine learning and statistical methods are used throughout the scientific world for their use in handling the "information overload" that characterizes our current digital age. Machine learning developed from the artificial intelligence community, mainly within the la
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2 The road to Doha

The WTO was created by the eighth in a series of multilateral trade negotiations that have taken place since the signing in 1947 of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). Multilateral trade negotiations take place between many countries simultaneously. (Bilateral negotiations are negotiations between pairs of countries.) The GATT was designed to prevent a repetition of the experience of the 1930s, when individual countries had tried to claw their way out of the widespread u
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Session II: Explaining the Identified Victim Bias
7th Annual Program in Ethics and Health Conference: Identified vs. Statistical Lives - Ethics and Public Policy Session Chair: Stephen Resch, Ph.D. Deputy Director, Center for Health Decision Science, Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health Deborah Small, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Marketing and Psychology, University of Pennsylvania Jennifer Lerner, Ph.D. Professor of Public Policy and Management, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and Director, Harva
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1.4 Type

The ACSM recommends exercise that employs large muscle groups, is rhythmic or dynamic, can be maintained continuously and is aerobic in nature (ACSM, 2006; Pollock et al., 1998). This type of exercise results in larger increases in VO2max. Activities that would fit into this category include walking, running, swimming and cycling.

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Technical Paper 6A - The Effective Provision of Pre-School Education (EPPE) Project: Characteristics
As part of the study all pre-schools were assessed using an observational assessment known as the Early Childhood Rating Scale, (ECERS-R) plus an extension to it (ECERS-E) based upon the Desirable Learning Outcomes (QCA 1996). ECERS provides measures of the quality of education and care which children receive in settings plus some measures of facilities relating to facilities and human resources. Completion of the ECERS profile required one day of observation plus talking to staff about aspects
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China's in a tough spot with the Iran nuclear dispute, regardless of whether Beijing steps up oil purchases or joins U.S. sanctions, says Reuters Breakingviews.
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Counting From 1 to 20
A blue penguin jumps in the snow as the narrator sings the numbers from 1-20.  Animation is good.  The song is very simple.  (1:33) 

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2.3.2 Love

Please now read ‘Dogs and Wolves’.

This poem is amazing in its forceful, simple-seeming expression of an extraordinarily complex combination of thought and emotion. The ‘dogs and wolves’ are the speaker's ‘unwritten poems’. Why ‘unwritten’? One infers that other matters take priority over love poems. But – ‘unwritten’ – their la
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Unde et Quo
To begin with, I would like to say a few words about the problem of alienation of modern technologies which we also inevitably faced while starting teaching CAD at our department. Quite often nowadays a technology becomes a fetish as a result of lack of clear goals in human mind. There are multiple technologies without sense of purpose which turned into pure experiments. There is always the danger of losing purposeness and drifting toward alienation. The cause of the danger lies in forgetting ab
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The World in 2016: What can we expect?
We discuss the possible outcomes of a British referendum on EU membership, the perils of the American presidential election and how future trends will mould the English language
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1.5.3 Looking forward: implications and possible consequences

But what are the implications of these developments and trends? Clearly the emergence of a strong east-Asian bond market could threaten both the US dollar and the Euro markets, but this development is still in its infancy, and there are significant political and economic differences of interest amongst the possible east-Asian participants in such a market. So for the time being it will be the Euro and the US dollar that hold centre stage. But in as much as the Euro becomes a stronger currency
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