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Gauteng Doctoral School

“‘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.

Token transformation? A critical political economy of the media analysis of ownership and content diversity in South Africa's print media

Print media transformation in South Africa has been an ongoing area of debate and contention in the first twenty years of democracy. Especially given the country’s history of colonialism and apartheid, where racism was institutionalised and impacted the character and functioning of the print media. The attainment of true transformation in the press is critical to reverse the injustices of the past and to ensure today’s print media is reflective of South African society and its many axes of diversity.

Electoral Politics in Post-conflict Angola, 2008-2017: Furthering Democracy or Sustaining Authoritarian Rule?

The starting point for this research is the disjuncture between the functions of elections predicated in democratic theory and the reality of electoral authoritarian regimes. Mainstream democratic theory views elections as the sine qua non, that is, the institutional mechanism through which the essence of democracy - self-rule of the people - is actualized.

Jumping the box? The demographic trends and perspectives of non-traditional-age undergraduate students: A mixed methods approach

Purpose: Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) worldwide are facing increased pressure to meet the needs of non-traditional-age students (NTASs), defined here as 25 and older. However, there is not only a lack of supportive institutional cultures for NTASs who pursue a deinstitutionalised life course, but also scholarly knowledge pertaining to the trends in enrolments and perspectives of NTASs according to different socio-demographic variables.