Academic research

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

Ukuthwala – custom or abuse?

Caroline Müller-Van der Westhuizen, Rochelle Streso Academic research 2018-08-08

"Yet judging by recent case law and media reports, this once charming custom has developed a shady side, often being abused under the pretext of culture and tradition. Teenage girls are being kidnapped, violated and forced into marriage with much older men under the guise of ukuthwala."

Assemblage theory, affect and whiteness. An alternative perspective on whiteness and its mechanisms

Liezl Dick Academic research 2018-07-31

"Racism is still rife in South Africa 24 years after apartheid ended. South Africans still seemingly do not have the required psychological, conceptual and social tools to deal sufficiently with racialised differences and the legacy of apartheid."

Regulating of Zero-Rating of Internet Services in South Africa: quo vadis?

Barrie Gordon Academic research 2018-07-26

"Zero rating is a practice that infringes upon network neutrality by favouring certain data over others. ISP’s can use zero rating to strengthen their market share, which could be detrimental to smaller role players."

What is wrong with South African schools? A comprehensive picture of, and the lacuna in the research on, school leadership as a pivotal factor

Charl Wolhuter, Hannes van der Walt Academic research 2018-07-13

"The fact that some schools manage to overcome such debilitating obstacles seems to suggest that leadership might be a pivotal factor in ensuring quality education at school level."

Transfer of reading comprehension strategies at university level

Amanda Anker, Sanet Cox Academic research 2018-07-10

"The findings indicate that a degree of positive transfer occurred. The rich, qualitative data furthermore showed awareness by participants of their own metacognition during the reading process; it highlights the conscious use of reading comprehension strategies and the context within which these strategies were transferred."

The modus operandi profile of the cash-in-transit robber as an exclusive criminal

Hennie Lochner, Juanida Horne, Mari van Wyk Academic research 2018-07-05

"Because modus operandi information on the planning of a heist and the robbers’ actions after the crime is difficult to obtain, it is recommended that the SAPS investigate the possibility of obtaining modus operandi information from sentenced offenders, particularly exclusive criminals or robbers."

The one-person play as a (still emerging) sub-genre: an outline of its development and characteristics

Marcel Spaumer, Bernard Odendaal Academic research 2018-06-27

"The contemporary theatre landscape finds itself, both locally and internationally, in a troubled position on account of restricting economic circumstances and competing forms of entertainment (television, internet, etc.). Accordingly, many dramatists, theatre production teams and actors turn to financially more viable formats of theatre creation – the one-person drama, for example."

The experience of parents of children in their middle childhood years with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: a resilience perspective

Susan du Toit, Estelle Swart Academic research 2018-06-19

"Children with ADHD in their middle childhood years require unique support with the mastering of various age-specific developmental tasks, which places additional pressure and stress on parents already faced with the normal demands of parenthood."

WhatsApp? A positively interdependent e-network of practice developed while students compiled their e-portfolios in distance education

Christa van Staden Academic research 2018-06-13

"It can be concluded that WhatsApp groups provide a key to student success in distance education if the mentor is present to structure a cooperative learning process and to facilitate the development of self-regulating skills."

Creolisation of world literature in the work of D.J. Opperman

Hein Viljoen Academic research 2018-06-06

"Opperman’s rewriting of older texts is not a neutral transposition, but rather a making-local, a creolising, that also implies a critique of the current hegemony in favour of openness and relationality."

A reading of Michel Houellebecq's poetry from the points of view of the “abject” and the “ethereal”

Henning Pieterse Academic research 2018-05-31

"A strong mystic element is discernible in some poems, as well as some surreal images in a few. Ultimately, many of the poems are very complex because of their rich philosophical and theological underpinnings."

The leadership practices of school principals in respect of creating “physical spaces” to establish healthy learning environments in their schools

Johann Burger, Aslam Fataar Academic research 2018-05-29

"They possess an extraordinary ability to visualise and articulate the emergence of inspirational and creative learning spaces and, with the support of others, turn their schools into accomplished learning environments."

The manifestation of human-machine relationships in Afrikaans poetry (1990–2012): a quantitative and text-analytical perspective

Tanja Botha Academic research 2018-05-24

"A notable shift from fear, paranoia and antagonism towards the representation of more moderate human-machine relationships takes place. The relationships are characterised by acceptance of the changes brought about by machines, but also include disappointment, disillusionment and a rational awareness of technological limits."

A South African perspective on the preparation of globally competent researchers

Ewelina Niemczyk, JP Rossouw Academic research 2018-05-24

"Higher education institutions play a vital role in preparing future researchers able to meet globalised expectations for their future careers within and outside academia. It is important to realise, however, that the way research is being done and shared is continuously being transformed."

Who inspired the design of the Voortrekker Monument: Pharaoh or Abram?

Dolf Britz Academic research 2018-05-17

What, according to Moerdyk, enthused or kindled the original idea that eventually shaped and formatted this remarkable building?

The grammatical and lexical characteristics of selected Afrikaans poems

Lezandra Grundlingh Academic research 2018-05-10

"Although the characteristics that are identified in this study do not reflect the characteristics of all Afrikaans poetry as a whole or all Afrikaans poetry by male or female poets, it does offer insights into possible characteristics of Afrikaans poetry by male and female poets."

Responsible filmmaking: ethics and spectatorship through the lens of Michael Haneke’s Amour

Dian Weys Academic research 2018-05-02

"How does Haneke assume responsibility for both the representation of Anne’s suffering and his (invisible) audience and, by implication, make his audience responsible in return?"

Living in the rectory: The influence of church-provided housing on the retirement prospects of the Dutch Reformed Church minister

Liezel Alsemgeest Academic research 2018-04-19

"Apart from the general concern with regard to retirement, there are several factors which are unique to the situation of the minister, like the possible loss of identity and status, the shift from the pulpit to the pew and the concept that the ministry is not only a job, but a calling."

An analysis of legislation and existing programmes and services for street children in South Africa

Elzahne Simeon, Alida Herbst, Herman Strydom Academic research 2018-04-12

"Cooperation between all the organisations involved in working with street children is not always coordinated and streamlined, which hinders the endeavours towards the best interest of street children."

Self, religion and homeostasis: A neurotheoretical exploration of early Buddhism

Sandra Troskie Academic research 2018-04-11

"The history of early Buddhism provides historical support for the structural relationship the cognitive neurosciences have identified between the self, religion and homeostasis."