Belinda Jean Dodson

Belinda Jean Dodson
The University of Western Ontario | UWO · Department of Geography

PhD

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July 2002 - June 2017
The University of Western Ontario
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
October 1997 - June 2002
Queen's University
Position
  • Research Associate
July 1990 - May 1997
University of Cape Town
Position
  • Lecturer

Publications

Publications (60)
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In May 2008, South Africa experienced an outbreak of violence against foreign Africans living in the country. Political leaders expressed shock and surprise, but there has in reality been long-standing and well-documented hostility toward African immigrants in South Africa. Several competing explanations have been put forward, with debate gaining u...
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L'hostilité des relations entre Africains du sud et immigrants africains est un fait ironique de la période post-apartheid. Mizamoyethu, établissement informel dans le quartier de Hout Bay, au Cap, n'est qu'un des nombreux centres à avoir connu la violence entre les "indigènes" et les "étrangers." Après avoir souligné l'histoire, la géographie et l...
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Basic services have improved in many urban areas of South Africa, which should improve health and well-being. However, poverty and ill-health persist and are unequally distributed by race, class and place. This paper explores conditions of the most marginalized group, female-headed households, in a case study of Msunduzi Municipality (formerly Piet...
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Gender aspects of skilled migration remain under-researched, despite significant advances in conceptualization and understanding. The “brain drain” debate has gained nuance with emergence of alternative interpretations such as brain circulation, brain gain, and brain waste, along with recognition of the contributions skilled migrants make to their...
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The interface between urbanization, gender and food in the Global South offers a vantage point from which to think through the integrated nature of contemporary development challenges from both the structural elements of urban poverty and the ways that urban residents navigate their cities. The starting point of this paper is that there is insuffic...
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Abstract The interface between urbanization, gender and food in the Global South offers a vantage point from which to think through the integrated nature of contemporary development challenges from both the structural elements of urban poverty and the ways in which urban residents navigate their cities. The starting point of this paper is that ther...
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This chapter draws on ethnographic research conducted in the city of Cape Town to provide insight into the lives of cross-border African migrant women in South Africa. It demonstrates their resourcefulness and resilience in securing livelihoods, however tenuous, in the face of discrimination and exploitation.
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The primary goal of this study is to present the results of a comprehensive scope of key opportunities and challenges for harnessing migration for inclusive growth and development at the regional level in Southern Africa. The main objectives were as follows: Provide an overview of regional migration stocks and flows identifying regional trends, dri...
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This briefing provides a feminist interpretation of food consumption in Blantyre, Malawi, drawing primarily from participatory group discussions with a variety of residents. In these discussions participants were asked to name foods and then categorise them as rural, urban or both rural and urban, and then as for men, women or children. The result...
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The physical environment of cities and processes of urbanization have a long-standing presence in the field of physical geography and can give physical geography a renewed relevance in urban sustainability and planning. Existing approaches in physical geography will be a valuable component of this work. New insights and understanding of urban envir...
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Access to food, rather than a shortage of food availability, is the central problem for urban household food security. Blantyre in Malawi presents a useful case study for demonstrating the importance of linking gender and urban food security. Rates of urban food insecurity are less severe than in other cities surveyed by AFSUN. Yet female-centred h...
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Refugees and asylum-seekers who come to South Africa from elsewhere on the African continent engage in a number of different occupations and forms of employment in order to earn a livelihood. Although some are in formal employment, many earn their living in insecure, informal employment -- such as casual labour in construction or domestic service -...
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This article examines the social construction and contestation of gender and gender roles in the city of Blantyre in Malawi. In fieldwork on gendered household roles related to food security, interviews with men and women revealed a distinct set of connotations with the word gender, which reflected Malawians' historical and contemporary engagement...
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Immigrant Exclusion and Insecurity in Africa: Coethnic Strangers by Claire L. AdidaNew York: Cambridge University Press, 2014. Pp. 175. £55 (hbk) - Volume 53 Issue 1 - BELINDA DODSON
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Access to food, rather than a shortage of food availability, is the central problem for urban household food security. Blantyre presents a useful case study for demonstrating the importance of linking gender and urban food security. Rates of urban food insecurity are less severe than in other cities surveyed by AFSUN. Yet, female-centred households...
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The current focus of Alternative Food Network (AFN) literature in the global North overlooks the reality of Southern AFNs and the potential contributions from studying Southern case studies. In this research, we used interviews and observation to determine how the differing valuations of ‘local’ food and farmers in two case study locations, one in...
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A qualitative study was conducted within the Francophone minority community (FMC) of London, Ontario to explore the integration experiences of French-speaking immigrants from visible minority groups. We address how shifts to place and identity experienced following international migration influenced the study participants’ negotiation of belonging...
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Despite the well-documented negative impacts of the ‘brain drain’ of medical doctors from Africa, there is an argument that their departure is not an absolute loss and that transnationally oriented migrants (or diasporas) can act as development agents in their home countries. Financial remittances, in particular, are said to have significant transf...
Conference Paper
Growing attention is being paid to the role and potential of regional institutions in the governance of migration and protection of migrant rights. Southern Africa presents an illustrative example of the multiple challenges to regional migration governance, being a region of uneven governance capacity and rights regimes and weak regional institutio...
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Patterns and processes of migration in Southern Africa, including their gendering, must be understood in historical context. From the 17th to the 19th century, colonization by the Dutch, British, Germans, and Portuguese brought white settlement to the region, together with the penetration of capitalist agrarian, mining, and manufacturing economies....
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South Africa's constitution enshrines the right to adequate housing, and policy since 1994 has attempted to address this issue. However, realities of poverty, rapid urbanization and limited resources for local authorities undermine the state's ability to meet housing needs. This article presents a case study from Msunduzi Municipality (formerly Pie...
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The relationship between migration, development and remittances in Lesotho has been exhaustively studied for the period up to 1990. This was an era when the vast majority of migrants from Lesotho were young men working on the South African gold mines and over 50 percent of households had a migrant mineworker. Since 1990, patterns of migration to So...
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Despite the political and social transformation set in motion by the collapse of apartheid and the advent of democracy in 1994, South Africa's migration policy remained mired in the past. The Aliens Control Act of 1991 continued to govern the country's policy until the passage of the Immigration Act of 2002. After amendment in 2004, the Act finally...
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Hugh Bennett, then Chief of the United States Soil Conservation Service, paid a two-month official visit to South Africa in 1944. His visit threw into relief many of the country's social and political cleavages, not least the administrative division between the Department of Agriculture, responsible for soil conservation on white-owned farms, and t...
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Changes in immigration policy and legislation have the power to shape and alter the gendering of migration in significant ways, and can have a dramatic effect on the lives and relationships of the men, women and families involved. In this paper, we examine the provisions of the new Immigration Act introduced in South Africa in 2002. The Act, which...
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South Africa is experiencing a substantial “brain drain”, underestimated in official emigration statistics. Yet there is uncertainty over issues such as why some leave and others stay, whether people who leave do so for good, and whether the brain drain will accelerate in the future. The surveys upon which this paper is based aimed to add some subs...
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This paper presents a gender analysis of the South African government's proposed new policy on international migration, identifying a number of areas of implicit gender discrimination. Such "discrimination by default" is of more than academic relevance, having important implications for national and regional development. Research undertaken by the...
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Recent international literature across a range of disciplines describes how leisure and consumption have become major forces in contemporary society. Such developments have social, economic and geographical implications. At a time when these global changes are combining with dramatic local transformation, there is an urgent need for South African s...
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The Southern African Migration Project (SAMP) was set up to conduct policy-relevant research on cross-border migration to post-apartheid South Africa from other Southern African countries. Such migration is commonly perceived as a threat to security and economic wellbeing in South Africa, and present government policy remains inherently anti-immigr...
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Rural unemployment is exacerbated by the decrease in demand for farm labour on commercial farms; therefore, alternative livelihood opportunities for rural dwellers require investigation. The production of fish inform dams offers such an opportunity. A research project was undertaken to evaluate the potential of small-scale aquaculture to create sus...
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Land invasions, where people move onto private or public land illegally in an attempt to gain access to resources within the urban sphere, result in the juxtaposition of contrasting urban landscapes and in alterations to place-making processes. This paper examines the changes to place, as perceived by the formal residents of the area, arising from...
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The global phenomenon of waterfront revitalization is a planning strategy commonly employed by city and port authorities eager to overcome the redundancy and associated urban decay of their docklands. The spatial transformation that generally accompanies such initiatives often results in functional conflict. Focusing on the redevelopment of the tra...
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This, the second in a two paper series, assesses the evolving character and form of Cape Town's Victoria and Alfred (V&A) Dockland redevelopment from its beginnings in 1990. Economic and technological changes have turned waterfront places in countries around the world into sites for renewed capital accumulation. A model developed by Pinder, Hoyle a...
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This paper identifies the historical and material processes which precipitated the evolution, decline and eventual redevelopment of Cape Town's Victoria and Alfred (V&A) Dockland. Drawing on the theories of capital accumulation and uneven development (especially as espoused by David Harvey and Neil Smith), the paper explores the underlying forces w...
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This dissertation examines how the construction of an embankment has altered the life of a village in Bangladesh. Once the academic context of the work has been established, the geographical and historical context of the project itself is outlined. There then follows a discussion of the formulation and execution of the research methodology. This co...