Academic Staff

Chair and Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Tel: +27 21 808 2132

Chair of Department since 2011 and convenor of Social Science Methods

MSocSc, Free State University, 1985.

Ongoing Interests: Social security, Housing, Farm workers, Research Methodology

Selected Publications:

  • Vorster JH & De Waal L 2008. “Beneficiaries of the child support grant: Findings from a national survey. The Social Work Practitioner-Researcher 20 (2) pp 233-249.
  • Vorster JH & Rossouw HM. 2002. “Extending cash social assistance to children and their caregivers: a South African case study.” In Children and Social Security. Editor: Jonathan Bradshaw. London: Ashgate Press.
  • Kritzinger AS & Vorster JH. 2001. “Food industry responses to global integration: fruit producers, state legislators and women farm workers in South Africa.” In Tovey H, Blanc M (eds) Food, Nature and Society. Rural life in late modernity. Perspectives on Rural Policy and Planning. London: Ashgate Press.
  • Kritzinger AS & Vorster JH 1998. “Women on South African Farms: Empowerment Across or Along Race and Class Divisions?” Sociologia Ruralis, 38(3), pp 331-350.

Professor in Sociology

Tel: +27 21 808 2095

Convenor of Postgraduate studies

PhD, Kings College, University of London

Ongoing Interests: Lindy Heinecken lectures in industrial and political sociology. Her research is within the field of armed forces and society, with a specific interest in civil-military relations, defence transformation, gender integration in the military and peacekeeping.

Selected Publications:

  • Heinecken, L. 2014. ‘Outsourcing Public Security: the Unforeseen Consequences for the Military Profession’, Armed Forces and Society, 40 (4), 625-646.
  • Smith, M. and Heinecken, L. 2014. ‘Factors influencing military recruitment in South Africa’, African Security Review, 23 (2), 102-116.
  • Heinecken L. 2015. The Military, War and Society: The need for critical sociological engagement, Scientia Militaria, South African Journal of Military Studies, 43 (1), 1–16.
  • Heinecken L. 2015. Are women ‘really’ making a unique contribution to peacekeeping: The Rhetoric and the Reality, International Peacekeeping, 19 (4), 227-248.*Heinecken L.2015. Military Privatization in Merman, E.M. and Rabin, J. (eds), Encyclopaedia of Public Administration and Public Policy. (3rd ed)New York: Francis and Taylor Publishers.
  • Kramm, N. and Heinecken, L. 2015. We are different now? The effect of military service on youth reintegration and employment in South Africa, African Security Review, 24 (2), 122-137.
  • Esterhuyse, A. and Heinecken L. 2015. The Clausewitzian Trinity: Reassessing the South African Military’s Relationship with its Polity and Society, Journal for Contemporary History, December, 71-95.
  • Heinecken, L. 2016 Conceptualising the tensions that gender integration evokes, Armed Forces and Society, 1-19. (published online 18 November 2016).
  • Wilen, N. and Heinecken, L. 2016. Peacekeeping deployment abroad and the self-perceptions of the effect on career advancement, status and reintegration. International Peacekeeping, 1-18. (published online 4 August 2016).
  • Olivier D. and Heinecken, L. The personal and social benefits of urban agriculture experienced by cultivators on the Cape Flats, Development Southern Africa, 2016 (Online November

Professor in Social Anthropology

Tel: +27 21 808 2090

Phd, Columbia, 1994

Ongoing Interests: Social Movements, Citizenship, Popular Politics

Selected Publications:

  • 2016 Letters of Stone: Discovering a South African Jewish family’s history in Nazi Germany. Cape Town: Penguin Random House South Africa (in print).
  • 2008 Steven Robins and Nick Shepherd, eds. New South African Keywords: A Concise Guide to Public and Political Discourse in Post-apartheid Society. Jacana Publishers and Ohio University Press.
  • 2008 From Revolution to Rights in South Africa: Social Movements, NGOs and Popular Politics. James Currey Publishers & University of KwaZulu Natal Press.
  • 2005 Steven Robins ed. Limits to Liberation: Citizenship, Governance and Culture After Apartheid. Oxford: James Currey Publishers; United State & Canada: Ohio University Press & South Africa: David Philip.
  • 2014 Robins, S. ‘How toilets became ‘political’ in South Africa in 2011: between the exceptional and the everyday after apartheid.’ Development & Change 45(3):479-501.
  • 2014 Robins, S. Slow activism in fast times: reflections on the mass media after apartheid. Journal for Southern African Studies Vol. 40, No. 1, 91–110.

Senior lecturer in Sociology

Tel: +27 21 808 2097

Convenor of Honours programmes

PhD, Chicago, 2013

Ongoing Interests: Social Theory, Capital and Labour, Governance and Citizenship, Housing, Race, South African Social Sciences. Editor of Social Dynamics.

Selected Publications:

  • 2015 “Capital and the shifting grounds of emancipatory politics: the limits of radical unionism in Durban Harbor, 1974-1985”. Critical Historical Studies: Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory 2, 1: 85-112.
  • 2013 “Envisioning Governance: expectations and estrangements of transformed rule.” Africa: Journal of the International Africa Institute 83, 3: 492-512.
  • 2013 “How social security becomes social insecurity: unsettled households, crisis talk, and the value of grants in Glendale.” Acta Juridica: Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town 2013: 197-217.
  • 2013 “Troubled Transformation: Whites, Welfare and ‘Reverse-Racism’ in contemporary Newcastle”. Diversities: UNESCO 15, 2: 7-22. (with Michelle Peens)

Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Tel: +27 21 808 2096

PhD, Warwick, 2008

Ongoing Interests: sociology of language; language in higher education; academic literacy; science & technology studies

Selected Publications:

  • Hill, L.B. and S.B. Bekker (2014) “Language, residential space and inequality in Cape Town: broad-brush profiles and trends”, African Population Studies (Supplement on Population Issues in South Africa), 28(1).
  • Hill, L.B (2010) “Language and status: on the limits of language planning”, in Stellenbosch Papers in Linguistics, 39: 41-58.
  • Hill, L.B. (2010) “Football as code: the social diffusion of ‘soccer’ in South Africa”, published in Soccer and Society 11(1-2): 12-28 and in Alegi, P. and C. Bolsmann, 2010, South Africa and the Global Game – Football, Apartheid and Beyond, Abington: Routledge.
  • Hill, L.B. (2009) “The status of English in scholarly publishing”, in S. Ngobeni (ed.) Scholarly Publishing in Africa – opportunities and impediments, Johannesburg: Africa Institute of South Africa.
  • Hill, L.B. (2009) “The decline of academic bilingualism in South Africa – a case study”, in Language Policy 8(4), pp. 327-349.

Lecturer in Sociology

Tel: +27 21 808 2134

946dcca6aeLecturer in Social Anthropology

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PhD, Utrecht University, 2017.

Ongoing Interests: Anthropology of Islam, Ethics, Consumption, Sacrifice, Economy, Food.

Selected Publications:

Tayob, Shaheed. 2012. ‘The 2010 World Cup in South Africa: A Millennial Capitalist Moment’. Journal for Southern African Studies 38.3, pp. 717-36.

Tayob, Shaheed. 2016. ‘O you who believe, eat of the ṭayyibāt (pure and wholesome food) which we have provided you’ – The Role of Risk and Expertise in Producing Certified Halal Consumption in South Africa. Journal of Religion in Africa, 46.1, pp. 67-91.

Tayob, S. (2012). The South African Halal Industry: A case of Cultural Intermediaries. Annual Review of Islam in Africa, 11, pp. 49-54.

Book Reviews

Tayob, Shaheed. 2010. ‘Meccanomics: The March of the New Muslim Middle Class by Vali Nasr’. Reviewed in Journal for Islamic Studies (30). pp. 115-17.

Tayob, Shaheed. 2014. Muslim Networks from Hajj to Hip Hop eds Miriam Cooke and Bruce B. Lawrence.

Lecturer in Sociology

Tel: +27 21 808 2091

Ongoing Interests: Industrial sociology, work organization, restructuring, globalization, empowerment legislation, informal economy and crime

Recent Reports: (Currently completing doctoral study on Empowerment legislation at Iscor)

  • 2015 “Afrikaner Economic Empowerment and Black Economic Empowerment at ISCOR/AMSA, Vanderbijlpark: Report on Preliminary Findings” paper presented at the South African Sociological Congress held at University of Johannesburg.
  • 2011 “The 2011 XVIIth SASA Congress: An Overview”, South African Review of Sociology 42, 3: 128-132.
  • 2011 “Cultural Empowerment: case study of the Afrikaner Economic Empowerment and Black Economic Empowerment in South Africa”, paper presented at the South African Sociological Congress held at University of Pretoria.

Professor in Sociology

Tell: +27 21 808 2094

PhD Sociology, Natal University

Ongoing Interests: Queer Theory, gender, sexualities, youth, education.

Selected Publications

  • Francis, D. (2017). Troubling the teaching and learning of gender and sexuality diversity in South African education, PalgraveMacmillan, New York.
  • Francis, DA & Reygan FCG. (2016) “Let’ s see if it won’ t go away by itself.” LGBT Microaggressions among Teachers in South Africa, Education as Change, 20 (3), 1-22.
  • Francis, DA & Reygan FCG. (2016). Relationships, intimacy and desire in the lives of lesbian, gay and bisexual youth in South Africa, South African Review of Sociology, 47 (3), 65-84.
  • Francis, D. (2014). ‘“You must be thinking what a lesbian man teacher is doing in a nice place like Dipane Letsie School?”:Enacting, negotiating and reproducing dominant understandings of gender in a rural school in the Free State’ . South Africa, Gender and Education, 26 (5), 539-552.
  • De Palma, R. & Francis, D. (2014). ‘ South African Life Orientation teachers: (Not) teaching about sexuality diversity’ . Journal of Homosexuality, 61 (11), 1687-1711.
  • Francis, D. (2012). ‘ Teacher positioning on the teaching of sexual diversity in South African schools’ Culture Health and Sexuality, 14 (6) 597-611.

Associate Professor in Sociology

Tel: +27 21 808 2940

PhD, Birmingham, 1997

Ongoing Interests: Young people, social Identities & inequalities: gender, sexuality, race, age. Participatory research methodologies. Sexuality, HIV and education. Transformation in universities

Selected Publications:

  • 2016. Pattman, R. & Bhana, D. Learning from the learners: how research with young people can provide models of good pedagogic practice  in sexuality education in South Africa. Handbook of sexuality education, Eds. Allen, L & Rasmussen, M. London: Palgrave.
  • 2015. Pattman, R. Ways of thinking about young people in participatory research, Handbook of child and youth studies, Eds, Wyn, J & Cahill, H., New York: Springer.
  • 2009. Pattman, R and Bhana, D. Colouring Sexualities: how black South African schoolgirls respond to ‘racial’ and gendered inequalities, The Prize and the Price, ed Steyn, M, Van Zyl M., HSRC Press.
  • 2007. Pattman, R. Student Identities and researching these at a newly merged University in South Africa, in Race, Ethnicity and Education, Vol. 10, Number 4, December 2007, pp 473-492.
  • 2007. Pattman, R & Khan, S (eds.) Undressing Durban, Durban: Madiba Press
  • 2003. Pattman, R. (with Chege, F.) (2003) Finding our Voices: Gendered and Sexual Identities and HIV/AIDS in Education, UNICEF.

Professor in Sociology

Tel: +27 21 808 2473/2473

DLitt, University of Natal, 2002

Professor of Sociology at Stellenbosch since 2006 and DST/NRF Research Chair in the Sociology of Land, Environment and Sustainable Development (from 2016)

Ongoing Interests: Land restitution and land reform; environmental sociology; rural development; social identity; social change; gender studies.

Selected Publications

  • 2015 Cousins, Ben and Cherryl Walker (eds.), Land Divided, Land Restored; Land Reform in South Africa for the 21st Century. Johannesburg: Jacana Media.
  • 2015 Sketch Map to the Future: Restitution Unbound. In Ben Cousins and Cherryl Walker (eds.), Land Divided, Land Restored; Land Reform in South Africa for the 21st Century. Johannesburg: Jacana Media.
  • 2014 Critical Reflections on South Africa’s 1913 Natives’ Land Act and its Legacies: Introduction. Journal of Southern African Studies, 40(4).
  • 2013 Uneasy Relations: Women, Gender Equality and Tradition. Thesis 11, (115).
  • 2012 Finite Land: Challenges Institutionalising Land Restitution in South Africa, 1995-2000. Journal of Southern African Studies, 38(4).
  • 2011 Women’s Land Rights in Africa. Synthesis Report of a Ten-Country Study. Addis Ababa: African Women’s Rights Observatory, ECA/ACGS.

Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Tel: +27 21 808 2391

PhD Sociology, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg 2010

Ongoing Interests: work, unpaid work, care; social reproduction; gender; feminism; migration.

Selected Publications:

  • Fakier, K. and Ehmke, E. (eds). (2014). ‘Socio-Economic Insecurity in Emerging Economies: Building new spaces’ Routledge Earthscan: London.
  • Fakier, K. (2014). The Community Work Programme and Care in South Africa. In Fakier, K. and Ehmke, E. (eds), ‘Socio-Economic Insecurity in Emerging Economies: Building new spaces’ Routledge Earthscan: London
  • Fakier, K. (2010). Class and Social Reproduction in MigrantHouseholds in a South African community. Transformation: Critical Perspectives on Southern Africa. 72/73: 104-126.
  • Fakier, K. and Cock, J.( 2009). A Gendered Analysis of the Crisis of Social Reproduction in Contemporary South Africa. International Journal of Feminist Politics. 11(3): 353-71.
  • Cock. J., Fakier, K., Joynt, K. and Roman, R. 2008. Connecting Bread, Land and Peace. South African Labour Bulletin. 32(3): 47-49
  • Bezuidenhout, A. and Fakier, K. (2006). ‘Maria’s Burden: Outsourced Cleaning and the Crises of Social Reproduction in South Africa’ in Antipode: Journal of Radical Geography, 38(3), 462- 485.

Lecturer in Social Anthropology

Tel: +27 21 808 2098

Convenor of Transdisciplinary Health and Development Studies

PhD, Johns Hopkins University, 2012.

Ongoing Interests: Medical Anthropology, Science and Technology Studies, Linguistic Anthropology, Labour and Value, Biopolitics.

Selected Publications:

  • 2017 Pentecost M, Cousins TD. Strata of the political: epigenetic and microbial imaginaries in post-apartheid Cape Town. Antipode doi: 10.1111/anti.12315.
  • 2016 Cousins TD, Reynolds, LJ. Indexing the Human: From Classification to a Critical Politics of Transformation. Anthropology Southern Africa 39 (2): 110-115.
  • 2016 Cousins TD. Antiretroviral Therapy and Nutrition in Southern Africa: Citizenship and the Grammar of Hunger, Medical Anthropology, DOI: 10.1080/01459740.2016.1141409 (Special Issue, “The Politics and Practices of Evidence-Based Medicine: A Critical Discussion between STS and Medical Anthropology”).
  • 2016 Cousins TD. Sex, Gender, and Kinship in the Timber Plantations of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa: A Minor Otherwise. Social Dynamics 42(1).
  • 2015 Cousins TD. A Mediating Capacity: Toward an Anthropology of the Gut. Medicine Anthropology Theory 2 (2): 1-27.
  • 2015 Cousins TD. HIV and the Remaking of Hunger and Nutrition in South Africa: Biopolitical Specification After Apartheid. BioSocieties 10, 143–161.
  • 2014 Cousins TD. Knowledge of life: health, strength and labour in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Anthropology Southern Africa 37 (1-2): 30-41.

Lecturer in Sociology

Tel: +27 21 808 3758

DPhil (PhD), University of Oxford, 2015.

Ongoing Interests: The study of gender and of sports in Africa; African economic history; and in health and standards of living, particularly in South Africa.

Selected Publications:

  • M. Sikes and J. Bale (eds.), Women’s Sport in Africa (London: Routledge, 2014) [Reprised version of a special journal issue].
  • M. Sikes ‘Print Media and the History of Women’s Sport in Africa: The Kenyan Case of Barriers to International Achievement’, History in Africa (Accepted for publication, forthcoming November 2015).
  • M. Sikes and J. Bale (eds.), ‘Women’s Sport and Gender in sub-Saharan Africa’, Special journal issue, Sport in Society, vol. 17, no. 4 (May, 2014).
  • M. Sikes and J. Bale, ‘Introduction: Women’s Sport and Gender in sub-Saharan Africa’, Special journal issue, Sport in Society, vol. 17, no. 4 (May, 2014), pp. 449-465.
  • M. Sikes and G. Jarvie, ‘Women’s Running as Freedom: Development and Choices’, Special journal issue, Sport in Society, vol. 17, no. 4 (2012), pp. 507-522.
  • G. Jarvie and M. Sikes, ‘Running as a Resource of Hope? Voices from Eldoret’, Review of African Political Economy, vol. 39, no. 134 (2012), pp. 629-644.

Lecturer in Social Anthropology

Tel: +27 21 808 2420

Ongoing interests:

Anthropology of universities, political conflict and activism, precarious labor, ambivalence and everyday life, French and European studies, Francophone world.


Selected Publications: 

  • 2016. The Infinite Rounds of the Stubborn: Reparative futures at a French political protest. Cultural Anthropology 31(4):493–519.
  • 2016. Precarity Outside: The political unconscious of French academic labor. American Ethnologist 43(3):475–488.
  • 2016. Antiheroism: The Underdog’s Survival Tactic. Allegra Laboratory.
  • 2010. The Limits of Theory: Idealism, Distinction and Critical Pedagogy in Chicago Anthropology. Michigan Discussions in Anthropology 18:324–377.
  • 2008. The Silent Social Order of the Literary Theory Classroom. Social Epistemology 22(2):165–196.