South Africa

by Prishani Naidoo, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa The dominant narrative of South Africa’s first twenty years of non-racial electoral democracy emphasizes the successes of the formal political institutions, players, policies and processes shaped and activated in this period. Nonetheless, the informal intrudes constantly, perhaps most vocally in the form of protests that emerge in […]

by Amrita Pande, University of Cape Town, South Africa and Ditte Maria Bjerg, Global Stories Productions, Denmark “It was excellent. I’ve never seen documentary theater as urgent as this, where a PhD sociologist and actress performs the research of a subject.” Simon Andersen, “Smagsdommerne,” Danish National Television. For our colleagues in theater and performance studies, […]

by Asanda Benya, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa In South Africa’s large and highly mechanized mining industry there are over 48,000 women working in underground occupations, mainly in platinum and gold mines. These women form part of the core workforce and labor as miners or general workers, installing support structures, water and ventilation […]

by Tina Uys, University of Johannesburg, South Africa, and ISA Vice-President for National Associations, 2010-2014 The Tenth ISA Doctoral Laboratory took place in the secluded environment of the University of Johannesburg Island in the Vaal Dam near Vereeniging in South Africa, November 8-11, 2011. A diverse group of twelve students from places as far apart […]

by Jacklyn Cock, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa   Sociologists don’t come more engaged than Jackie Cock. A pioneer of South African sociology, she has consistently and constantly explored the relationship between violence and inequality: from her classic Maids and Madams, a feminist analysis of domestic work, to her interrogation of gender and war […]

Alexia Webster, Photographer, and Edward Webster, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, and former President of the Research Committee on Labor Movements (RC44) Many of the jobs that are being created in the inner city of Johannesburg are survivalist jobs, or what have become known as precarious jobs or the informal economy. These include hairdressers and […]

by Tina Uys, University of Johannesburg, South Africa, ISA Vice-President for National Associations The piece written by Piotr Sztompka follows his review of a three-volume set of conference papers presented at a meeting of the International Sociological Association (ISA) Council of National Associations in Taiwan in 2009. Sztompka’s review was published in Contemporary Sociology along […]

by Ari Sitas, University of Cape Town, former ISA Vice-President 2002-2006, and Sarah Mosoetsa, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa South African Minister of Higher Education and Training, Blade Nzimande, commissioned sociologists Ari Sitas and Sarah Mosoetsa to chart the future of and make proposals for the Humanities and the Social Sciences. Global Dialogue asked them […]

by Edward Webster, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa The English historian, E.H. Carr, was said to have remarked that what you see depends on which side of the mountain you stand. I stand in the southern tip of Africa, in Johannesburg, the city of gold.  Johannesburg was built in the first phase of globalization – […]

by Tina Uys, University of Johannesburg, South Africa,  ISA Vice-President for National Associations It was with great excitement (and some trepidation) that I embarked on a 29-hour journey from South Africa to attend the Third World Congress of Turkic Sociologists held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, 21-24 September .  Not only were had there been reports in […]