Dr Elena Moore

Dr Elena Moore

Senior Research Fellow, CSSR
Lecturer, Department of Sociology

Dr Moore is a sociologist, specialising in the sociology of the family with a Masters degree in Applied Social Research and a PhD from Trinity College Dublin. She is a Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at UCT and currently teaches courses on: the sociology of the family; social theory; research methods; the analysis of qualitative data. She is involved in the following projects:

  • A biographical study on ‘Personal Life and Relationships in South Africa.’ The study aims to gain an in-depth understanding of family practices and relationships researching how individuals experience complex inter-relationships between different generations and between employment, family obligations and personal life.
  • A socio-legal study investigating the operations of reformed customary law in practice, more specifically, the operation of the Recognition of Customary Marriages Act and the rules of intestate succession.Dr. Moore is collaborating with the NRF CHair and Principal Investigator of the study, Prof. Chuma Himonga.
  • The functioning and consequences of transnational child raising arrangements in South and North: Angolan, Nigerian and Ghanaian migrant parents living in South Africa and The Netherhlands (TCRA-SAN.)

Contact details

Email: elena.moore@uct.ac.za
Tel: +27 21 650 5336
Office: Rm 4.44, Leslie Social Science Building, Upper Campus

Research interests

My principal research interests lie in the field of personal life, marriage,divorce, gender, intergenerational relations, family law and policy, feminist theories, biographical methods and mixed methods.

Recent publications

  • Moore, E. (2013) Transmission and Change in South African Motherhood: Black Mothers in Three-Generational Cape Town Families. Journal of Southern African Studies, 39(1).
  • Moore, E. & Govender, R. (2013) Marriage and Cohabitation in South Africa: An enriching explanation. Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 44(5) 623-641.
  • Cooper, D., Moore, E. and Mantell, J. (2013) Renegotiating intimate relationships with men: How HIV shapes attitudes and experiences of marriage for South African women living with HIV: ‘Now in my life, everything I do, looking at my health. Acta Juridica, 13, 218-238.
  • Moore, E (2012) Paternal Banking and Maternal Gatekeeping: Gendered Practices in Post-divorce Families. Journal of Family Issues, 33(6).
  • Moore, E. (2012) From traditional to companionate marriages: women's changing experience of marriage and divorce in Ireland. Families, Relationships and Societies 1(3):345-360.
  • Moore, E. (2012) Renegotiating Roles Post-Divorce: A decisive break from tradition? Journal of Divorce and Remarriage. 53(5).
  • Moore, E. Timonen, V. Dwyer, C. and Doyle, M. (2012) Divorce and Intergenerational Support: Comparing the Perceptions of Divorced Adults and Their Parents. Journal of Comparative Family Studies. 43(2).
  • Dwyer, C., Doyle, M., Moore, E., Timonen, V. (2012) “We have all moved on”: How Grandparents Cope with their Adult Child’s Relationship Breakdown. Families, Relationships and Societies, 1(2):223-243.