Journal Articles

  • Narrative Articulations in Africa

    Background: This special issue is a collection of papers drawn from NEST (Narrative Enquiry for Social Transformation)1 conference and symposia events hosted since 2015 at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

  • Middle ear pathologies in adults within the mining industry: A systematic review

    Background: Literature suggests that risk factors for middle ear pathologies, such as traumatic injuries and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), exist in mines. However, studies on hearing health in mines seem to focus primarily on occupational noise-induced hearing loss and ignore middle ear pathologies

  • Middle ear Pathologies in Adults Living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus: A Systematic Review

    Background: Middle ear pathologies have been linked with HIV. The onset and development of these pathologies in individuals with HIV have not been categorized; and clarity has not been gained regarding whether their presentation is any different in this population when compared to HIV negative control group.

  • Mapping movement landscapes in South Africa

    Background: The concept of a movement landscape is used to analyse continuities and changes in popular mobilization since the end of formal apartheid. Focusing on four different episodes of protest since 1997, the article examines their relationship to the ANC movement and traditions, and their organizational forms.

  • Lived experience of people who stutter: a descriptive review of qualitative studies from 1990–2017

    Background: Since the 1970s, research has illuminated the personal and social dimensions of the experience of stuttering in the discipline of speech-language pathology. However, the disabling experiences of individuals who stutter remain underrepresented within the body of scholarship.

  • Introduction: identity, jeopardy and moral dilemmas in conducting research in ‘risky’ environments

    Background: Most social science research involves direct, intimate and more or less disturbing encounters with the immediate details of contemporary life, encounters which can hardly help but affect the sensibilities of the men who practice it

  • Exploration of factors influencing the preservation of residual hearing following cochlear implantation

    Background: Increasing access to cochlear implants within the resource-constrained South African context calls for careful investigation of all factors that might influence benefit from this technological advancement.

  • Estimating miners at risk for occupational noise induced hearing loss: A review of data from a South African platinum mine

    Background: Occupational noise-induced hearing loss (ONIHL) is a complex, but preventable, health problem for South African miners. Meticulously collected data should be made use of to design interventions to address this health issue.

  • Does occupational noise matter amongst manufacturing (small and medium enterprises) workers? Empirical evidence from Magaba, Mbare, Zimbabwe

    Background: The significance of how occupational noise can influence attitudes towards occupational noise exposure, susceptibility to hearing loss and job performance has generally been neglected in the past studies.

  • Decolonising the South African prison

    Background: Prisons have been in the news in South Africa in the past two years: from the stripper scandal,1 where saucily dressed women were snuck into Johannesburg Correctional Centre to entertain the inmates, to frequent reports of stabbings in prisons across the country, and of course, the unrest at the St Albans Maximum Security Prison in Port Elizabeth, where three inmates lost their lives at the end of 2016.


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