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FaSRU researcher, Nicole Daniels, publishes article

Congratulations to FaSRU researcher and PhD candidate, Nicole Daniels, for publishing an article, ‘Doing Homebirth Like a Man” in the Journal of Gender Studies. Nicole’s article is based on her Master’s research which explored the homebirth narratives of middle-class South African couples. The article explores the intersections between South African men’s narratives of homebirth and constructions of masculinity by posing two specific questions: Do men’s narratives of homebirth reproduce or subvert normative ideals and modes of masculinity? How does the experience of homebirth potentially interrupt normative ideas about being a man and how do men negotiate competing discourses of masculinity in their narratives? To access the article, click on the link: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09589236.2017.1301811

Divorce, Families and Emotion Work 'Only Death Will Make Us Part'

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A  new book by Senior Lecturer Dr Elena Moore pays attention to the oft-neglected emotional, relational and familial aspects of post-divorce everyday family practices.

Divorce, Families and Emotion Work: 'Only Death Will Make Us Part' (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) focuses on parental commitment to family life after divorce, in contrast to its common perception as an irrevocable breaking up of the family unit, which is often perpetuated by representations from popular culture and the media.

Why is that society still puts pressure on women to get married?

On Tuesday last (17th January) Elena was invited to talk about the pressure society places on women to marry. The discussion was a response to the news that Pastor Alph Lukau from Alleluia Ministries last year held a conference in Johannesburg, for women seeking marriage proposals. He said all he needed to do was anoint their ring fingers and Mr Right would appear in 90 days. Women from all corners of the world gathered at Gallagher Estate in Johannesburg, each paying between R450 to R5, 000 for a VIP ticket.

To watch the interview, click on the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AR1my5AV-0k

 

FaSRU PhD/PostDoc Funding Opportunities

Families and Society Research Unit (FaSRU) 
 
Intergenerational Relations in South Africa: A study of intergenerational family responsibilities and obligations
 
PhD/PostDoc Funding Opportunities
 
The Families and Societies Research Unit http://www.cssr.uct.ac.za/fasru based at the Centre for Social Science Research (CSSR) at the University of Cape Town is seeking applications for PhD and post-doctoral applicants.
 
Applications are invited for a one-year Postdoctoral Fellowship or a 3 year PhD opportunity to undertake research on any aspect of intergenerational relationships in South Africa. Successful applicants will develop and carry out innovative research as part of a team headed by Dr. Elena Moore.

FaSRU researchers at Yale

Lwando Scott and Isaac Chinyoka, both undertaking doctoral research at FaSRU, caught up at Yale recently. Lwando was presenting a lunchtime seminar on 'Same-Sex Marriage in South Africa' while Isaac received the Fox Fellowship and is spending the 2016-2017 academic year at Yale. 

 

FaSRU researcher, Kirsty Button, awarded a distinction

Congratulations go to Kristy Button, a postgraduate researcher at FaSRU. Her thesis "Household economies of low-income, African female-headed households in Khayelitsha: intergenerational support, conflict, and tension", completed in June at the Sociology Department, was awarded a Distinction from both external examiners. Kirsty will be continuing her research in this area by undertaking a doctorate in the coming months.

Students present papers at 'Unequal Families and Relationships' conference

Kirsty Button and Nicole Daniels in Edinburgh

Congratulations to three of our PG students,  Isaac Chinyoka,  Nicole Daniels and Kirsty Button,  who presented papers at international conference: Unequal Families and Relationships.   The conference organised by the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships was held at The University of Edinburgh, 13-15 June 2016.  The students were supported by the  Families and Societies Research Unit at the CSSR,  directed by Elena Moore. Elena and the team wish to express their gratitude for the warm welcome they received from Prof.  Lynn Jamieson.  

Divorce, families and emotion work

Seminar
19 April, 2016 -
12:45 to 14:00
Elena Moore (CSSR)
CSSR Seminar Room 4.29, Level 4 Leslie Social Science Building, Upper Campus
Abstract / Description: 

The seminar will focus on parental commitment to family life, after divorce, in contrast to its common perception as an irrevocable breaking up of the family unit, which is often perpetuated by representations from popular culture and the media. In the first detailed review of emotions and emotion work undertaken by divorced parents, the findings shed light on how parents manage feelings of guilt, fear, on-going anger and everyday unhappiness in the course of family life post-divorce. The author argues that the emotional dimension of divorce is shaped by societal and structural factors and requires parents to undertake considerable emotion work in the creation of new moral identities. The findings also point to the often gendered responsibilities for sustaining family lives post separation, and how these reflect extensive inequalities in family practices.  The author concludes that divorce is not dangerous for society; it is not a social evil or a demonstration of the rise of selfish individualism, and that divorcees remain committed to former partners and children long after divorce. 

Kirsty Button at FaSRU published in 'Journal of Southern African Studies'

A big congratulations! to one of our Master's students, Kirsty Button for her first peer-reviewed article, which is published in Journal of Southern African Studies.  The article, 'South Africa’s System of Dispute Resolution Forums: The Role of the Family and the State in Customary Marriage Dissolution', started as her Honours thesis, was developed and converted into a working paper and ended up in JSAS. Elena Moore and Chuma Himonga co-authored.  See: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03057070.2016.1148390

Inheritance: women are still cut out

In the third part of the series of the reform of customary marriage, divorce and intestate succession, we show how customary practices of male primogeniture continue to operate. The reformed laws on intestate succession have not ensured greater protection for women and extra marital children in matters of intestate succession. 

http://www.groundup.org.za/article/inheritance-women-are-still-cut-out/

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