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Steinberg, J. 2011. A bag of soil, a bullet from up high:
some meanings of the Mpondo revolts today. In T. Kepe
and L. Ntsebeza (eds), Rural Resistance in South Africa:
The Mpondo Revolts after Fifty Years, pp. 231-241.
Netherlands: Brill. ISBN 9789004214460.
Articles in peer-reviewed journals
Distiller, N. 2011. Am I that Name? Middle-class lesbian
motherhood in post-apartheid South Africa. Studies in the
Maternal, 3(1): 1-21.
Jeppie, M.S. 2011. History for Timbuktu: Ahmad Bul’Araf,
archives, and the place of the past. History in Africa: A
Journal of Method, 38: 401-416.
Jeppie, M.S. 2011. Workers movement: Source of Egyptian
uprising. South African Labour Bulletin, 35(2): 49-50.
Steinberg, J. 2011. A truth commission goes abroad:
Liberian transitional justice in New York. African Affairs,
110(438): 35-53.
Steinberg, J. 2011. An eerie Silence: Why is it so hard for
South Africa to talk about AIDS? Foreign Policy, 1(186):
Steinberg, J. 2011. Crime prevention goes abroad: Policy
transfer and policing in post-apartheid South Africa.
Theoretical Criminology, 15(4): 349-364.
Peer-reviewed published conference proceedings
Posel, D. 2011. Human complicities. In J.W. de Gruchy
(ed.), The Humanist Imperative in South Africa, June 2009
and February 2010. Stellenbosch: Sun Press. ISBN 978-1-
Centre for Social
Science Research (CSSR)
Director: Professor Jeremy Seekings
Centre Profile
The Centre for Social Science Research (CSSR) is an
interdisciplinary research centre at the University of Cape
Town dedicated to conducting and building capacity for
systematic, evidence based, policy-relevant, replicable
social science research in South Africa, the region, and
across Africa.
In 2011, the CSSR consisted of a small Directorate, four
research units, and additional individual personnel and
small projects. The four research units were the AIDS
and Society Research Unit (ASRU); Democracy in Africa
Research Unit (DARU); Policy Research on International
Services and Manufacturing (PRISM); and Social Surveys
Unit (SSU). Unit Heads report on their research activities
through the CSSR Director to the Dean of Humanities.
The CSSR is also assisted by an Advisory Board that
meets yearly. We also work closely with UCT’s DataFirst
Resource Unit, an extensive digital archive of social
science databases. PRISM will no longer form part of the
CSSR from 2012.
Methodologically, CSSR research is empirical, but
problem-driven. While we utilize both quantitative and
qualitative strategies of data collection, our work is
always based on systematic research designs with clear
conceptualization of variables and transparent rules of
operationalising variables, selecting cases and collecting
and analyzing data analysis (in contrast to
ad hoc
collection or narrative description). After a reasonable
period, collected data are turned into public access data
sets and deposited with the DataFirst Resource Centre.
CSSR projects are usually team-oriented, bringing
together multiple local and international researchers, and
offering post-graduate students significant opportunities
for hands-on training by involving them in all stages of
projects. Research findings are presented and discussed
at regular weekly seminars and published as CSSR
Working Papers.
Substantively, the CSSR conducts research in the broad
areas of globalization, industrialization, democratization,
development, poverty and public health. SSU conducts
research on a range of social dynamics, using survey
data (the Cape Panel Survey, and the Cape Area Survey)
and related qualitative data. DARU conducts research
on a range of issues around democratization in South
and Southern Africa, using public opinion data but
also creating new systematic data bases on elections,
legislatures and local government. ASRU conducts
research on the social impacts of HIV/AIDS, including
issues of parenting, disclosure, sexual behaviour and
public welfare, again using both survey and qualitative
data. Finally,
PRISM conducts research on globalization,
industrialization, innovation and the dynamics of
global value chains on developing country industrial
sectors. New research initiatives included research into
‘sustainable societies’.
AIDS and Society Research Unit (ASRU)
The AIDS and Society Research Unit (ASRU) supports
research into the social and economic dimensions of
AIDS in South and Southern Africa. Special emphasis is
placed on exploring the interface between qualitative and
quantitative research. Focus areas include: AIDS policy in
South Africa, AIDS-stigma, sexual relationships in the age
of AIDS, social and economic factors driving HIV infection,