Academic research

LitNet Akademies is LitNet's accredited academic journal. An extended English abstract is published with every article.

Experience of a few adolescent boys regarding the death of a parent and the consequent support to them

Jennobia Kock, Ansie Lessing Academic research 2016-08-02

"The boys indicated that the death of their mothers had a life-changing effect on them."

Mimesis as conceptualised by Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe: Horrelpoot by Eben Venter as reimagining of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of darkness

Cilliers van den Berg Academic research 2016-07-27

"Venter’s novel can be considered as a reimagining of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of darkness and therefore facilitates, in its intertextual referencing, a mimetic relation to Conrad’s original work."

Teacher motivation as the intertwining of social capital, teacher goals and applicable motivational theories

Hettie van der Merwe Academic research 2016-07-22

"This article focuses on teacher motivation as an intertwining of social capital, teacher goals and applicable motivational theories."

From Calvinism to Romanticism: The influence of the Bible on the oeuvre of Hennie Aucamp

Lina Spies Academic research 2016-07-22

"Hennie Aucamp’s prose, especially his stories about the connectedness of people to the environment and culture of the Stormberge, was influenced by the Bible. Aucamp’s break with Calvinism was, however, needed in order for his authorship to develop fully and to become so versatile."

Equal chances of political parties

Loammi Wolf Academic research 2016-07-20

"This article focuses on three aspects that affect equal chances for political parties to garner voter support in free and fair elections."

Can yesterday become better? In conversation with Jörn Rüsen on dealing with a problematic past

Bernard Lategan Academic research 2016-07-07

"Historical understanding inevitably leads to action – the past thus becomes what he calls 'handlungszielkompatibel', that is, guiding one’s actions in a goal-oriented way."

The development of a restorative justice programme as innovative approach to address challenging learner behaviour in South African schools

Erna Liebenberg, Johnnie Hay, Roelf Reyneke Academic research 2016-07-06

"According to the literature, the punitive approaches that are predominantly being used in schools today are inadequate for solving the escalating problems with regard to discipline and for fostering responsible behaviour in learners."

Fragmentology, the new manuscript study – with reference to manuscript fragments in South Africa

Carol Steyn Academic research 2016-07-06

"I found that many of the fragments I studied contained valuable information about the origin of early liturgical chant."

Rehabilitation in South African consumer insolvency law: International trends and guidelines

Melanie Roestoff Academic research 2016-07-06

"Ultimately a balance should be struck between the interests of the debtor, creditors and society. It is submitted that current South African law and law reform initiatives currently on the table do not yet represent or achieve this balance."

An “original” Aramaic New Testament? A critical evaluation of the Peshitta Primacy theory, Die Pad van Waarheid tot die Lewe translation (Afrikaans Lamsa Bible), and the cultural lure of orientalism

Chris L. de Wet Academic research 2016-07-01

"From a scholarly perspective on the Bible, the Lamsa Bible and PWL Afrikaans translations fail miserably in their use of 'authoritative and original' primary texts."

AuII: Rare or neglected? A critical literature review

Helgard Raubenheimer Academic research 2016-06-17

"Applications in catalysis, biomedicine and the role of AuII as promotor or intermediate in nanogold or material synthesis, require further study. Extremely promising in the context of heterogeneous catalysis is the observation that AuII is stabilised on certain solid supports such as zeolites."

"Six degrees of Gerben Kamper": An exploration of cooperation networks in the Afrikaans theatre industry (2010–2015)

Burgert A Senekal Academic research 2016-06-14

"The current article follows these publications by analysing social networks in the contemporary Afrikaans theatre industry (2010–2015). Collaborations on theatre productions that were staged at three of the main Afrikaans cultural festivals, namely the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (KKNK) in Oudtshoorn, Aardklop in Potchefstroom and Vryfees in Bloemfontein, are studied."

Complexity and the desire of philosophy

Rèné Eloff Academic research 2016-06-03

"In this article I critically consider the significance of complexity theory for philosophy in light of Alain Badiou’s argument that philosophy is sustained by the four-dimensional desire for revolt, logic, universality and risk."

Intoxication as a defence in South African criminal law: A sober approach?

Rinda Botha, Marina van Rooyen Academic research 2016-05-27

"This article explores whether that legislation, the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1 of 1988, and in particular section 1, has been optimally formulated to provide a sober criminal law approach to intoxication as a defence."

The role of selected motivational factors and learning strategies in academic achievement of Economic and Management (EMS) education students

Louis van Staden Academic research 2016-05-27

"Academic support at higher education institutions should not be generic in nature, but subject specific, because specific terms, concepts and situations should be understood well."

Paul Kruger, the Uitlander franchise and the English language newspapers in the South African Republic before 1895

Heinie Heydenrych Academic research 2016-05-25

"Kruger’s thinking about full citizenship was rather simplistic. It made no provision for the possibility of Uitlanders’ becoming loyal citizens of the Republic."

Near-death experiences: a critical analysis of out-of-body perceptions during cardiac arrest

Pieter F Craffert Academic research 2016-05-24

"At this stage the conclusion seems inevitable that NDEs during cardiac arrest do not confirm that consciousness can exist or function independently of an embodied brain."

The learning practice formation of high school learners in a rural working class town

Aslam Fataar, Henry Fillies Academic research 2016-05-17

"It is the way they built their commitments to their learning, via developing strategic identities and practices, in terms of which they were able to position themselves as productive learners in their community context."

Postapartheid as a wound culture within a pathological public sphere: Mark Gevisser’s Lost and Found in Johannesburg

Leon de Kock Academic research 2016-05-11

"To enrich the reflexive play, Gevisser combines this visual evidence with his own, considered interpretation of the various data he offers up for inspection."

Interlingual and cross-cultural movement between Afrikaans and Dutch in Marlene van Niekerk’s volume of stories Die sneeuslaper [The snow sleeper] (2010)

Louise Viljoen Academic research 2016-05-11

"This article explores the interlingual and cross-cultural movements between Afrikaans and Dutch in this volume, more specifically in “Die sneeuslaper”, the story that lends its title to the volume."