Academic research

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

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 (US) 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."

The end of transcendence in continental philosophy of religion?

Anné Hendrik Verhoef Academic research 2016-05-06

"Transcendence, or at least the search for it, is deeply embedded in human existence – whether biological, spiritual or both – and for this reason transcendence is continually being understood and interpreted anew."

The assessment of home languages in the South African National Senior Certificate examinations – ensuring fairness and increased credibility

Colleen du Plessis, Sanet Steyn, Albert Weideman Academic research 2016-04-29

"Inasmuch as the curriculum and assessment standards may help to organise what should happen in the classroom, they provide no guarantee of contributing towards the quality of education and assessment practices, or of ensuring equivalence across different language examinations."

The aunt from the Netherlands as a liminal character in Etienne van Heerden’s Kikoejoe (1996) and 30 nagte in Amsterdam (2008)

Joan-Mari Barendse Academic research 2016-04-25

"I investigate whether Aunt Geertruida and Aunt Zan as liminal characters ever reach the postliminal phase or remain caught in the liminal phase."

The hadeda as liminal animal in Kaar by Marlene van Niekerk

Marius Crous Academic research 2016-04-20

"In this collection the interaction between humans and nature plays an important role, in that several poems deal with the intricate relationship between the poet as observer and a particular animal as the observed."