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Precarious employment and fathering practices among African men

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dc.contributor.advisor Ratele, Kopano
dc.contributor.advisor Jackson, Stevi Malinga, Mandisa Vallentia 2016-05-26T12:55:22Z 2016-05-26T12:55:22Z 2015-11
dc.identifier.citation Malinga, Mandisa Vallentia (2015) Precarious employment and fathering practices among African men, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract This thesis explored the fathering practices of precariously employed African men with the study objectives including understanding: (1) how precariously employed men construct fatherhood; (2) the fathering practices considered important to them; (3) in what way precarious employment impacts on their fathering practices; and (4) how precariously employed men negotiate between their children’s economic as well as socio-emotional needs. This research focused particularly on the experiences of roadside work-seekers in Parow, Cape Town, seeking to understand how they construct fatherhood within their precarious working conditions. What these men think about fatherhood is important particularly in South Africa where not only unemployment is high, but also the rates of children growing up without their fathers. An ethnographic study was conducted during which data was collected using both participant observation and semi-structured interview methods. This thesis reports on interviews conducted with 46 men over a period of seventeen weeks. The findings reveal that the majority of roadside work-seekers are migrants (both internal and cross border) who have families to provide for. This study also revealed having children as one of the main reasons men engage in precarious work activities. Also highlighted is the extent to which precarious work impact the lives of those involved to the extent that it affects their relationships with their children, families and intimate partners. The majority of day labourers, due to being unemployed also do not live with their children, with many being denied access as a result of a breakdown in their relationship with the mother of the child, but also as a result of being unable to fulfil certain traditional requirements expected of men who impregnate women out of wedlock in some African cultures. Finally, this study confirmed the various ways in which men engaged in precarious employment are exposed to high levels of poverty, homelessness, substance abuse, violence and crime, and racism, discrimination and exploitation. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xi, 305 leaves)
dc.subject Precarious employment en
dc.subject Fatherhood en
dc.subject Fathering practices en
dc.subject Day labour work en
dc.subject Masculinities en
dc.subject African men en
dc.subject South Africa en
dc.subject Ethnography en
dc.subject Grounded theory analysis en
dc.subject Qualitative research en
dc.subject Roadside work-seeking en
dc.subject.ddc 306.874209687355
dc.subject.lcsh Precarious employment -- South Africa -- Parow
dc.subject.lcsh Work and family -- South Africa -- Parow
dc.subject.lcsh Children of migrant laborers -- South Africa -- Parow
dc.subject.lcsh Blacks -- Employment -- South Africa -- Parow
dc.subject.lcsh Blacks -- South Africa -- Parow -- Family relationships
dc.subject.lcsh Blacks -- South Africa -- Parow -- Social conditions
dc.subject.lcsh Father and child -- South Africa -- Parow
dc.subject.lcsh Men -- South Africa -- Parow -- Psychology
dc.subject.lcsh Identity (Psychology) -- South Africa -- Parow
dc.subject.lcsh Unemployment -- South Africa -- Parow -- Psychological aspects
dc.subject.lcsh Unemployment -- South Africa -- Parow -- Social aspects
dc.subject.lcsh Day laborers -- South Africa -- Parow
dc.title Precarious employment and fathering practices among African men en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Psychology D. Phil. (Psychology)

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