Peace Kiguwa

Peace Kiguwa
University of the Witwatersrand | wits · Department of Psychology

PhD

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In 2016, on social media, Penny Sparrow described black people as “monkeys” in a racist rant. In the same year Vicki Momberg, a victim of a smash and grab incident, described the police using the “K” word in a fit of emotive interaction with the black policemen who came to assist her. Two years later, another white South African, Adam Catzavelos, u...
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June Jordan’s simultaneously poignant lament and re-assertion of asserting a (gendered) self into existence in Poem about my Rights is a reminder of affect’s ideological and political capacity. This function of affect to both interrupt and disrupt hegemonies of inequalities calls attention to its constructive deployment in #MeToo within the South A...
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Toni Morrison's novel Love invites us to consider structuring systems in how Black women embody and practice love for each other. What is the affective quality of healing love between Black women? What happens when the social and psychic structuring of this love are implicated in patriarchal, racializing, and classed systems of relating? The paper...
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Background: Assessment of sexual risk behavior among youths is crucial for HIV prevention strategies. However, the literature on sexual behavior in youth during the COVID-19 pandemic is sparse. Aim: This study surveyed sexual risk behavior among youth in Soweto, South Africa during the COVID-19 pandemic national lockdown in 2020. Methods: We c...
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The article engages the work of Audre Lorde on rage between Black women. Focusing on her 1984 essay “Eye to Eye: Black Women, Hatred, and Anger,” the article explores destructive rage and Lorde’s concern about the effect of this rage on Black women’s capacity to build community together and feminist politics more broadly. Adopting an affective read...
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Threading across different discursive, cultural, and political moments of the postapartheid context, gender-based violence, inarguably, is a phenomenon that must be read contextually and as contingent upon intersecting configurations of power that are tied to historical, political, and material fractures of our colonial legacies. Three immediate in...
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The Monograph explores South Africa’s militarised ideological responses to the COVID pandemic and its consequences. Demonstrating how discursive frames collide and collude to (re)produce particular responses to COVID-19 and their performative powers, the work explores simultaneous responses to gender-based violence in South Africa during the pandem...
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In an earlier conversation we highlighted the challenges and silences in psychology concerning feminist psychology (Segalo and Kiguwa, Feminism and Psychology, 25(1): 78–83, 2015). In particular, we highlighted the challenges of mentorship, marginalisation of feminist work and Black scholars in the discipline, and the hegemony of western-centric kn...
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Transformation of institutional structures and spaces in many South African institutions of higher learning have recently seen different attempts by these institutions to accommodate and engage those spaces and relations of inequity that influence feelings of non-belonging for different students. Most recently, at the University of the Witwatersran...
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Current discussions and debates on decolonising higher education in South Africa have highlighted some of the challenges of engaging recalcitrant and inherited knowledge systems and traditions that would seem to undermine decolonised and transformed education. Within the discipline, Psychology’s history remains a contentious area for critical refle...
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In 2017 the film Inxeba (The Wound), showing the practice of ulwaluko kwa Xhosa, was released internationally to much discontent and backlash from predominantly amaXhosa people and other black audience members in South Africa. The hashtag movement #TheWoundMustFall testifies to the emotive response to the film’s story content and engagement with th...
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In this article, we contribute to the current discussions and debates on decolonising Psychology by discussing some critical dimensions of decolonisation as it pertains to the explicit, hidden, and null curriculum. We also discuss the nuances of engaging a decolonised Psychology curriculum as members of staff in residential and open distance e-lear...
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Citizenship and social justice have been explored from ethical and theoretical perspectives in education. Furthermore, alienation or belonging in institutional cultures, often invoking social locations such as gender and race, were explored. Little research, especially empirical research, exists at the nexus of narrative, citizenship, belonging and...
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This article explores the social representation of black masculinities as violent in the globally publicized case of the murder by Oscar Pistorius of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. This murder and the subsequent media interest it generated highlighted the manner in which fear of crime in South Africa, particularly amongst certain sectors of the p...
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In this article, we explore how violence is constructed in an online discussion forum to the Fees Must Fall social movement in South Africa. Our analysis shows how the discursive constructs of race, students as delinquents, and the police force as necessary to social order allow for some forms of violence to be justified and valorized and other for...
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This article explores critical directions for forging new disciplinary traditions within community psychology, as discussed by a panel at the conclusion of the 6th International Conference on Community Psychology (ICCP 2016). The conference itself was constructed as an enactment of a decolonizing approach, looking at the entire globalized system fr...
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In this paper, some of my experiences and reflections of teaching undergraduate social psychology and critical social psychology courses at an institution of higher learning are shared. The orientation is a critical social psychology pedagogy that has entailed an active engagement in teaching practices that both disturb common sense and taken-for-g...
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Intra-African migration to South Africa continues to be plagued by xenophobic violence and negative sentiments against black foreign bodies. The end of apartheid, exacerbated by regional and broader economic and political tensions on the continent, as well as general support of the anti-apartheid struggle by many African countries, has facilitated...
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This paper explores the meanings attached to gay sexuality through the self-labelling practices of a group of young gay-identified students in focus group and individual interviews in Johannesburg, South Africa. These meanings include constructs of the dynamics surrounding safe sex negotiation and risk related to “top-bottom” subject positioning as...
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In this paper, I focus on two different examples of engaging, experiencing and narrating ‘shame’ within the classroom context. The first part of the paper focuses on black students’ narratives of racialization and the underlying emotion of shame interfaced with race and class. I argue that black students’ social histories are carried forward into t...
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Violence is a serious public health and human rights challenge with global psychosocial impacts across the human lifespan. As a recently classified middle-income country (MIC), South Africa experiences high levels of interpersonal, self-directed and collective violence, taking physical, sexual and/or psychological forms. Careful epidemiological res...
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In thinking about students’ identities as “identities-in-practice” (Holland & Lave, 2003, p3), I explore the potential of students’ stories of selves, key critical moments of interaction with significant others and their responses to them, as important to how processes of academic citizenship are negotiated. The paper argues that stories and counte...
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Sexual harassment is not only a pervasive concern in many institutions of higher learning but more recently has come under the spotlight in critical discussions of academic and gender citizenship within institutional contexts in South Africa. Recently, as part of the institutional response to recent incidences of sexual harassment, a new and indepe...
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It is my contention that exclusions within many higher education institutional spaces in South Africa today are most effective through the ‘invisibilizing’ of informal spaces and practices of interaction. These spaces are invisible – in the sense that they are taken-for-granted in their everyday banality – and therefore it is often difficult to cha...
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The paper reflects on the emotions accompanying processes of racialization. I argue that during moments of interaction and encounter characterized by relations of racial subjectification, specific emotions are intrinsic to how the individual navigates and mediates his or her social space. Using a psycho-social lens, the paper will argue that we nee...
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What paradoxes, ambiguities and affects of race circulate when black bodies occupy social and physical space not originally designed or articulated with them in mind? Nirmal Puwar’s theorisation of the body politic and its intersection with race and gender challenges the so-called neutrality of space and embodiment. Engaging processes and moments o...
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Studies of heteronormativity have emphasized prescriptive sex and gender-role stereotypes related to its normative content and function. The self-labelling practices amongst some gay and lesbian-identified individuals have been of interest to gender and feminist scholars related to apparent their re-inscription of the heteronormative. Through the p...
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‘Critical’ is still a desirable prefix in much of South African psychology. Whilst ‘critical psychology’ as such remains a fairly vibrant niche within the discipline, one with its own textbooks, modules, conferences and heroes, various kinds of ‘critical’ are also routinely articulated across the discipline more generally. Mapping the uses of ‘crit...
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For the past few years, violent service delivery protests have been spreading across South Africa over access to basic services, such as water, electricity, housing and job opportunities. This Article draws on two case studies in which in-depth group and individual interviews were conducted with key male informants about their involvement in violen...
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This paper reflects on the processes of learning and change through a project of curriculum innovation in the specific context of higher education in the Humanities. REAP (Reaching for excellent achievement programme) is an intervention with students from marginalised learning histories with the potential for excellence, enabling them to participat...
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This paper presents an analysis of the process and products of an action research project focused on exploring young women’s experiences of studentlife in South Africa in the early years of the twenty-first century. The paper presents 1) a visual ethnographic account of the spaces of campus and how young women navigate these spaces of belonging or...
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Drawing on a content analysis of selected articles from the South African Journal of Psychology (SAJP) and Psychology in Society (PINS) between 1994 and 2009, we reflect on the extent to which South African Psychology resonates with pertinent gender developments in post-apartheid South Africa. Our analysis of these journals therefore seeks to explo...
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This article is a retrospective reflection on the experience of teaching a newly introduced third-year Critical Social Psychology course at the University of the Witwatersrand. Student evaluations and course presentation are discussed in order to critically reflect on the implications, if any, for nurturing critical thought and practice in students...
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We explored the notion of motherhood among female university students. Unstructured individual interviews were conducted with seven final-year female students at the University of the Witwatersrand. The data were analysed and various themes were categorised into manageable units. The findings suggest that many female students are ambivalent about m...
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The doctoral thesis constitutes both a negotiation of the supervision relationship as well as mastery and skill in participating in a specific community of practice. Two models of supervision are discussed: the technical rationality model with its emphasis on technical aspects of supervision, and the negotiated order model with an emphasis on negot...
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This study investigated the extent to which individuals experience ideologic strain from identifying with members in their in-group and its shared representation of HIV. 200 students from a large South African University completed a HIV Knowledge, Perceptions & Practices survey with open and closed items that were analysed using Thematic Content An...
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Domestic violence is recognised as a pervasive problem in South Africa. This study focused on the narratives of four abused women and attempted to establish the significance of sheltering in their lives. A qualitative research design was used based on semi-structured interviews, which were analysed thematically. The findings supported past research...
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Skogsberg and Clump (2003) have argued that there are major differences in the learning styles of students depending on the course they are undertaking. Hence, psychology students demonstrate a particular set of learning styles. It is vital to utilise these unique learning styles to address the needs of these students during the first-year level of...

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