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In our teaching and research, the Department attempts to explicate the challenges we are facing in South Africa and on the African continent in a globalising world.
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Research interests include: race, class & identity, globalisation, migration, inequality, land & agrarian questions, social theory, development, urban sociology, labour studies, sociology of the family, social movements, & political violence.
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Tuesday, 24 May 2016

In a paper published in the latest edition of the Du Bois Review, Prof Xolela Mangcu argues that South African sociology must place Black perspectives on race at the centre of its curriculum.. 

Publication Date:
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 09:15

UCT MasterCard Foundation Scholars Fadzai Muramba, who is a Master's student in the Sociology department, and Christina Nyandoro recently spent a few days in the USA where they attended the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) 2016 meeting at the University of California, Berkeley. They spent time learning about ploughing back into their communities and the various commitments of other scholars from around the world.

Publication Date:
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 16:45

According to the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016, UCT has ranked among the top 10 universities in the world in development studies for the second year in a row. Other South African and African universities also performed well in the rankings, particularly in this field.

Publication Date:
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 - 14:45

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. 


Publication Date:
Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 09:45