CSSR 2012 Summer School

# Quantitative Studies of Violence in South Africa 30 January – 9 February 2012 ## Instructors: Prof. Rajen Govender (Dept of Sociology and CSSR) Dr. Pedro Wolf (Department of Psychology and CSSR) assisted by Eduard Grebe (DataFirst)
## Overview The CSSR will be hosting a short summer school course in the use of quantitative methods in research on violence in South Africa. The purpose of the course is to introduce basic, intermediate and some advanced topics in quantitative analysis so that students have a richer critical understanding of the methods used in existing studies and some capacity to conduct such analyses themselves. Using recent social scientific studies of violence in South Africa and the datasets used in these publications, the course will focus on understanding how social scientists have and can use quantitative data to identify the levels and causes of South Africa’s high levels of violence. The course will examine neighbourhood- and individual-level datasets. Using the software SPSS, the course will cover the following aspects of quantitative analysis: * Identifying and defining research questions and setting up research hypotheses; * Generating statistics for the description of research data and the testing of univariate hypotheses; * Undertaking bivariate and multivariate inferential analysis using statistical techniques applicable to both continuous and categorical independent and dependent variables; * Introduction to advanced multivariate analysis using path analysis and structural equations modelling. In addition to daily class assignments, the main assignment of the course will be the set-up and execution of a short research paper using an identified dataset. The course lasts nine days, with an optional session for students who are not familiar with SPSS but have used other software such as Stata. The course is offered for free by the Centre for Social Science Research, but students must organise their own accommodation, travel and food. For more details, [download the flyer and full programme](http://cssr.uct.ac.za/sites/cssr.uct.ac.za/files/CSSR%20Summer%20School%202012%20Flyer.pdf). To apply [visit this page and fill out the application form](/training/summerschool2012).

ASRU student Beth Vale awarded Rhodes scholarship

Beth ValeThe Centre for Social Science Research congratulates Beth Vale, who won a Rhodes scholarship last week. Beth is a Master's student in the AIDS and Society Research Unit. Her MA thesis focuses on understandings of care among a group of community health workers. From September 2012, Beth will begin a D.Phil in Social Intervention at Oxford University. She will be co-supervised by Dr Lucie Cluver, principle investigator in the department of Social Policy and Intervention, and Dr Jonny Steinberg, departmental lecturer in the African Studies Centre. Beth's doctoral thesis will be a qualitative study exploring how AIDS-effected families respond to primary healthcare services, with an aim to inform social policy and intervention in South Africa. Beth is the latest in a group of CSSR students who are pursuing further studies at Oxford. We wish her best of luck.

Joint CSSR/IJR/DataFirst quantitative analysis workshop

# Quantitative analysis of public opinion data using the SA Reconciliation Barometer
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### Dates: * **14-18 November 2011** * *Optional preparatory workshop:* **11 November 2011** ### Venue: * CSSR Seminar Room, Leslie Social Science Building, Upper Campus ### Instructors: * Prof Rajen Govender (CSSR and Dept of Sociology) * Dr Pedro Wolf (CSSR and Dept of Psychology) * *assisted by* Eduard Grebe (DataFirst) ### About the workshop The SA Reconciliation Barometer (SARB) is a national public opinion poll conducted by the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) that tracks progress in reconciliation across a range of multidimensional indicators, including political culture and relations, human security, dialogue, historical confrontation and social relations. Besides the published indicators, the dataset can be a source for much more detailed analyses. To encourage this, the CSSR in conjunction with DataFirst is using the SARB dataset to demonstrate the application of more intermediate and advanced multivariate analytic techniques. These techniques have been selected as they permit the development and testing of much richer theoretical formulations and hypotheses using the SARB data.

CSSR reception moves to new offices

The CSSR reception has moved to new offices. At the end of August we completed repairs to a set of offices close to our existing offices, on the 4th floor of the Leslie Social Science Building on UCT's Upper Campus. The reception, run by Ms Kathy Forbes, has now moved to 4.89. The telephone number for the CSSR reception is still 021 650 4656. The CSSR's financial administration remains in the old offices (4.29).

Welcome to Rajen Govender

Prof Rajen Govender[Dr Rajen Govender](/staff/govender) took up a half-time appointment as an Associate Professor in the CSSR and Sociology Department in July. Dr Govender has a PhD in social psychology from UCLA, and has considerable experience in conducting research for the state and private sector in South Africa. Dr Govender will be teaching graduate courses in social research in the Sociology Department, and contributing also to the CSSR's new Summer/Winter School courses. Dr Govender fills the second post funded from the UCT Vice-Chancellor's Strategic Fund, joining Dr Pedro Wolf who took up a joint appointment between the CSSR and the Psychology Department earlier this year.

Four chapters in new book on South Africa

A new volume on post-apartheid South Africa features no fewer than four chapters by CSSR researchers. After Apartheid: Reinventing South Africa?, edited by Ian Shapiro and Kahreen Tebeau (University of Virginia Press), opens with Jeremy Seekings' review of 'Poverty and Inequality in South Africa, 1994-2007'. Other chapters include 'Forging Democrats: A Partial Success Story?', by Bob Mattes, Nicoli Nattrass's 'AIDS Policy in Post-apartheid South Africa', and a chapter on 'The Role of Social and Economic Rights in Supporting Opposition in Postapartheid South Africa', co-authored by Lauren Paremoer.

New data access support service launched

The DataFirst research data centre has launched a new service in partnership with the CSSR. Eduard Grebe, ASRU researcher and PhD student in the School of Economics, has been employed by DataFirst to assist UCT students and staff on Upper Campus in accessing research datasets housed by DataFirst. Clients can obtain help in finding appropriate data for their planned analysis, registering and downloading datasets from DataFirst's online data catologue, accessing datasets that are not yet available in the catalogue and have datasets converted to a format compatible with their statistical software. Workshops and training courses in quantitative analysis techniques and the use of statistical software are also planned and will be announced in due course.

The CSSR colonises Oxford also

Three CSSR students are on their way to Oxford to study further - adding to a wave of migration from the CSSR to top universities across the world. Matthew MacDevette will be studying for an MSc. in Nature, Society and Environmental Policy at the School of Geography and the Environment, Dustin Kramer will be studying for a MA in Politics, and Maria Garcia is studying for an MSc in Environmental Change and Management. Within the CSSR, Matthew worked with (and criticised, constructively) Nicoli Nattrass on global expenditures on AIDS, Dustin worked with Bob Mattes on DARU's African Legislatures Project, and Maria worked with Beatrice Conradie on green tourism in the Southern Cape.

Durban AIDS conference

The CSSR had a strong presence at the conference on HIV in the Humanities and Social Sciences, held in Durban in mid-June. ASRU researchers organised two symposia together with colleagues from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Rebecca Hodes and Annabelle Wienand (both ASRU) presented papers at a symposium on ‘Health horror stories and ‘positive’ portrayals: new research on HIV, TB and the body in the South African media’. Rebecca presented a second paper, and Beth Mills (ASRU/Sussex) also presented, at a symposium on ‘New directions in research on gender and HIV/AIDS in southern Africa’. In another session, Nicoli Nattrass (ASRU) and Clara Rubincam (ASRU/LSE) presented new research on AIDS conspiracy beliefs, using quantitative and qualitative data respectively.

More student successes

Congratulations to PhD students Duncan Pieterse and Ralph Ssebagala for winning scholarships allowing them to spend a semester in the US. Duncan will be spending the US fall semester at Brown University, in their Graduate Program for Development. Ralph will be spending the same semester up the road at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Congratulations to Duncan and Ralph. Singumbe Muyeba will be at Yale (on a Fox Fellowship) at the same time.

Another student success

Kai Thaler has just been awarded a distinction for his Masters degree (by research only) on "Violence and Society in Post-Apartheid Cape Town". Kai's thesis uses data from the 5th wave of the Cape Area Panel Study (CAPS), supplemented with in-depth interviews, to examine participation by young men in violence, and the legitimation of violence. He finds that economic factors - including, especially, unemployment - are less important directly in the perpetration of violence than is usually imagined, whilst more immediate behavioural factors (such as heavy drinking) are more important.  

Africa Day 2011

Carlos Shenga at the DARU stall for Africa DayCSSR’s Democracy in Africa Research Unit (DARU) participated in a vibrant exhibition celebrating Africa Day and showcasing UCT’s partnerships and collaborations on the African continent from 23 to 25 May. The DARU exhibit, which featured information about the African Legislatures Project’s latest findings as well as AfroBarometer, the Open Society Monitoring Index, and the project for Political Leadership for HIV prevention in southern and eastern Africa, attracted a wide range of visiting scholars, donors and UCT students many of whom expressed interest in joining DARU.

Singumbe Muyeba wins Fox Fellowship to Yale

Singumbe Muyeba, a PhD student in the CSSR and the Sociology Department, has won a prestigious Fox International Fellowship to spend a year at Yale University in the USA. Singumbe's doctoral research examines the consequences of home-ownership for low-income households in Cape Town and Lusaka (Zambia). He will be using the opportunity of a year a Yale to read widely, audit relevant courses, and analyse his research. Singumbe is the fourth student from the CSSR to win a Fox Fellowship, following in the footsteps of Brendan Maughan-Brown, Colin Almeleh and Eduard Grebe. Singumbe has also won a scholarship to attend a Summer School on Comparative Urban Studies in Amsterdam in July, organised by the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (IJURR) and Research Committee (RC) 21 of the International Sociological Association. Well done Singumbe.