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Dr Tracey Feltham-King

Tracey Feltham-King is a Senior Lecturer in the Psychology Department at Rhodes University. Her main teaching interests are critical social psychology and qualitative research design. She is the chairperson of the Departmental Research Proposal and Ethics Review Committee (RPERC).

Research Interests

Currently her research interests are focused on the many ways in which a diverse range of stigmatized individuals and groups are denied full access to reproductive and sexual justice in South Africa.

The research she conducted for my PhD research focused on antenatal health services for pregnant teen women. The dissertation titled “Risk and responsibility: the management of the teenaged pregnant woman within the antenatal healthcare nexus” utilised a Foucauldian ethnographic analysis.


She was awarded the PsySSA Discovery Health Best Student Presentation Award at the 30th International Congress of Psychology (ICP) held in Cape Town in 2012 and the WMIER Doctoral Essay Award by the Contemporary Ethnography across the Disciplines in November 2016.


Marx, J., & Feltham-King, T. (2006). Space-off: A critical commentary on the special focus section ‘Racial isolation and interaction in everyday life’. South African Journal of Psychology, 36(3), 453-457.

Macleod, C. I., & Feltham-King, T. (2012). Representations of the subject ‘woman’ and the politics of abortion: an analysis of South African newspaper articles from 1978 to 2005. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 14(7), 737-752.

Feltham-King, T., & Macleod, C. (2015). Gender, abortion and substantive representation in the South African newsprint media. Women's Studies International Forum, 51, pp. 10-18.

Feltham-King, T., & Macleod, C. (2016). How content analysis may complement and extend the insights of discourse analysis: An example of research on constructions of abortion in South African newspapers 1978–2005. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 15(1), pp.1-9, 1609406915624575.

Feltham-King, T., Bomela, Y. & Macleod, C.I. (2018) Contesting the nature of young pregnant and mothering women: Critical healthcare nexus research, ethics committees, and healthcare institutions. In C.I. Macleod, J. Marx, p. Mnyaka & G. Treharne (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Ethics in Critical Research (pp. 63-79). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.

Macleod, C.I. & Feltham-King, T. (2019). Young pregnant women and public health: Introducing a critical reparative justice/care approach using South African case studies. Critical Public Health, pp.1-11. DOI: 10.1080/09581596.2019.1573313

Macleod, C. I., & Feltham-King, T. (2019). Adolescent Pregnancy: Social problem, public health concern, or neither? In J. Ussher, C. Chrisler & J. Perz (Eds.), Routledge International Handbook of Women's Sexual and Reproductive Health (pp. 253-265). Oxford: Routledge.

Macleod, C. I., Masuko, D. & Feltham-King, T. (2019). Why decolonialising feminist psychology may fail, and why it mustn’t: The politics of signification and the case of ‘teenage pregnancy’.  Psychology in Society (PINS), 58, p.50-70.

Feltham-King, T., & Macleod, C. (2020). Multi-layered risk management in under-resourced antenatal clinics: a scientific-bureaucratic approach versus street-level bureaucracy. Health, Risk & Society, 22(1), pp. 31-52. DOI: 10.1080/13698575.2019.1697432

Macleod, C., Feltham-King, T., Mavuso, M. J., & Morison, T. (2020). ‘Failed’ mothers, ‘failed’ womxn: Demarcating normative mothering. In C. Zufferey & F. Buchanan (Eds.), Intersections of mothering: Feminist accounts (pp. 30-43). New York: Routledge.


International Critical Psychology Conference (2005, University of KwaZulu-Natal) Making Men: Media Representations of isiXhosa Traditional Circumcision             

A.C. Jordan Centenary International Conference (2006, University of Fort Hare) The Positioning of isiXhosa Initiates in Newspaper Articles in the ‘Daily Dispatch’  

Critical Methods Conference (2008, Rhodes University) Practices of Production in Articles written about Abortion in South Africa Newspapers published from 1978 to 2005.                                                                                                           

30th International Congress of Psychology (2012, Cape Town) The Significance of Gender in the Abortion Debate                                                                     

European Sociology Association: Qualitative Methods Conference (2016, Cracow) How content analysis may complement and extend the insights of discourse analysis: an example of research on constructions of abortion in South African  newspapers 1978-2005.

9th Biennial International Society of Critical Health Psychology (2015, Rhodes University) The Right to Buy Antenatal Healthcare

6th International Conference on Community Psychology (2016, Durban) The Pregnant Teenager And Technologies Of Risk Management In The Antenatal Clinic: Implications For Community Reproductive Health Psychology

Contemporary Ethnography Across the Disciplines (2016, University of Cape Town) Risk and responsibility: The management of the teenaged pregnant woman within the antenatal healthcare nexus

Pan-African Psychology Union (PAPU) Congress (2017, Durban) The configuration of risk, race and culture in the construction of the teenaged pregnant woman

South African Association of Gender Studies (2018, Stellenbosch) The configuration of risk, gender, race and class within the antenatal healthcare


10th Biennial International Society of Critical Psychology (2019, Bratislava University) Risk and responsibilisation within a South African antenatal clinic

PsySA Congress (2019, Johannesburg) Responsibilisation within antenatal care for teenaged pregnant women


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