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Embracing the ‘new science’ of complexity - Fellows' seminar by Jean Boulton

Embracing the ‘new science’ of complexity – Fellows’ seminar by Jean Boulton

“Complexity theory is positioned as a ‘new science’, a post-modern science with a strong focus on process and pattern,” said Jean Boulton of the Department of Social and Policy Sciences at the University of Bath. “It provides an important challenge to the dominance of worldviews informed by classical science, to what we see as science, … [Read more]

Making sense of siege architecture and private security in middle-class residential neighbourhoods in Johannesburg - Fellows' seminar by Martin Murray

Making sense of siege architecture and private security in middle-class residential neighbourhoods in Johannesburg – Fellows’ seminar by Martin Murray

“Johannesburg is one of the most dangerous cities in the world. Crime rates have remained high since the 1990s. ‘Crime talk’ – rumour, gossip and hearsay – has become routine in everyday conversation. In middle-class residential suburbs, the signs of ‘siege architecture’ are everywhere: high walls, razor wire, security gates, electric fencing, and the ubiquitous … [Read more]

Lessons of successes and failures in the politics of education reform - Fellows' seminar by Ben Ross Schneider

Lessons of successes and failures in the politics of education reform – Fellows’ seminar by Ben Ross Schneider

“High-quality education as essential for sustained and equitable development. It’s the most sustainable way to address inequality – the silver bullet – so why isn’t it implemented successfully in so many middle-income countries?” “Why do quality reforms succeed in some countries and not in others, and what are the lessons that can be learnt?” These … [Read more]

Approaching a shared topic from different angles: studying the new middle classes in southern Africa  - Fellows' seminar by Maxim Bolt, Claudia Gastrow and Preben Kaarsholm

Approaching a shared topic from different angles: studying the new middle classes in southern Africa – Fellows’ seminar by Maxim Bolt, Claudia Gastrow and Preben Kaarsholm

“Context is important. What is middle class in Amaoti is different to Sandton. We are examining the different self-understandings and identity politics of belonging and aspiration. As well as a matter of property, income, and power, class is also a matter of self-definition with ethnicity, gender, generation and modernism as important markers of distinction,” said … [Read more]