Reproductive decision-making

Research objectives: to investigate reproductive decision-making amongst heterosexual and same sex couples. Reproductive decision-making is broadly defined as the (non)negotiation and process around which decisions are made regarding: whether to have children; the timing of childbearing; and the conditions under which children should be borne; to explore the related negotiation around sexual encounters and contraception.

Nature of project: This project started in 2007 and was funded by Rhodes University; on-going work will be multi-institutional – RU; Human Sciences Research Council, University of Pretoria, Jagiellonian University (Poland), Magalore University (India).

Methodology: Interviews have been, and will be, conducted with a range of people in heterosexual and same sex relationships (people who are voluntarily and involuntarily childfree and those with children); data have been, and will be, analysed using narrative-discursive analysis infused with Butlerian theory of performativity.


Intimate partner violence during pregnancy

Research objectives: to investigate the social, cultural and gendered power relations underpinning intimate partner violence (IPV) that is initiated during pregnancy; to explore how service providers, perpetrators and survivors understand and deal with the occurrence.

Nature of research: Based in RU Psychology.

Methodology: Collection of data through media sources and interviews with service providers, survivors of IPV and perpetrators (where feasible); narrative and discursive analysis informed by Foucauldian analytics of power.


The reproductive health service nexus and pregnant and parenting teenagers

Research objectives: to study the nexus formed in the reproductive health interaction between pregnant and parenting teenagers and health service providers within the context of current health care facilities, policies and procedures.

Nature of research: Based in RU Psychology, started in 2011.

Methodology: Ethnographic methods (including observation, interviews, perusal of records) will be used for data collection; data will be analysed using discourse analysis informed by Foucauldian analytics of power and positioning theory.



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