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Gauteng Doctoral School

How Are The Relationships Between South African Universities and Development Understood: The Welfare University

Many development scholars argue that universities can and should address societal problems of poverty, inequality and unemployment. There is international literature that argues, in particular, two things: firstly, that certain economies thrive because they are knowledge driven; and secondly, that universities play a central role in preparing workers for the labour market.

Violence and social cleavages in the 2015 /16 Fees Must Fall movement: A case study of Wits University, South Africa

In this thesis, I present an intersectional analysis of the Black students’ experiences of different dynamics of violence during the Fees Must Fall (FMF) movement in 2015/16 academic years. The overarching aim is to explore the various outcomes of interactions between the social phenomenon of violence and the intersectionality of the social cleavages of the students during FMF.

SGB parent members' and other parents' attitudes towards inclusion and exclusion in primary schools

In South Africa the changes in education, emerging from several government documents, resulted in the implementation of inclusive education through the Education White Paper 6. Since then, research into the role of stakeholders in the implementation of inclusion in South Africa has largely focused on teachers.

“‘The House of Indigo: An ethnographic study of drag performance, beauty pageantry, and cosmopolitan femininity in Johannesburg”

This ethnographic study explores the subcultural world of drag performance and beauty pageantry at one of Johannesburg’s landmark gay nightclubs – Club Indigo. It examines how the participants’ consumer identities, material culture, and kinship systems were constructed within and beyond the subculture.

Writing Dictatorship, Rewriting African Writing: Mythology, Temporality and Power

This study explores the various representations of the dictator and the postcolonial condition in what can be termed the African dictator text. Adopting a panoramic approach that selects texts from several regions of Africa, the study critically examines the ambivalence and paradox of power, focusing on the various strategies devised and deployed by African writers

The Lived Experiences of Primary Female Factor Infertility Within the Social Context: A Phenomenological Study

Primary infertility may be overlooked as a major life event which can lead to major changes in social participation and self-identity. Although a readily expected conse-quence of infertility is childlessness, the social context proves to play a role in creating individually specific lived experiences. The aim of the study was to establish how the social context mediates the lived experiences of infertility in South African women with diverse social identities.

Professional identity formation at the undergraduate level: postgraduate students’ experiences at two South African universities

The South African higher education system still lags behind in terms of postgraduate output. Production is slow and not enough to meet the future demand of academics and knowledge creation. Studies have highlighted many reasons for the shortage.

On the Margins of Faith: A Critical Historical Study of Muslim Religious Identity and the Minority Ahmadi Community in Cape Town

The Ahmadi movement is one of the most controversial modern Muslim movements primarily for the reason of their unorthodox belief in the continuation of prophecy after the Prophet Muhammad and/or the belief that Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was the fulfilment of the prophecy relating to the coming of a messiah and the return of Jesus.