Academic research

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

Restorative justice in cases of sexual offences and the judgments of the Supreme Court of Appeal in DPP v Thabethe and Seedat v S

Danie Kloppers, Henk Kloppers Academic research 2017-02-17

"[R]estorative justice processes should be used, albeit with the necessary caution in cases of sexual offences, conceding that training and a change of perspective are still necessary."

Predestination and evangelical spirituality: Neo-Calvinism in South Africa

Vincent Brümmer Academic research 2017-02-16

"Since Calvinism is in principle free from domination by the state or the church as institution, it can develop into various denominational forms differing in their degree of purity."

The statistical properties of written Afrikaans as a complex network

Burgert A Senekal, Eduan Kotzé Academic research 2017-02-09

"When language is studied as a complex network, statistical methods developed mainly from physics since the late 1990s are used to measure the similarities and differences between languages and between languages and other complex networks, such as protein-protein interaction networks, social networks, neural networks and power grids."

Plant-people relationships in Die sideboard by Simon Bruinders

Susan Meyer Academic research 2017-01-31

The influence of plants as portrayed in Die sideboard involves a form of positive contribution to Abraham’s (and later his whole family’s) life and well-being, on a psychological level as much as regarding their physical needs.

The (unfounded) basis of the classification and operation of liens in South African law

Mitzi Wiese Academic research 2017-01-26

"The conclusion is that the court erred when it held that the builder concerned had an enrichment lien, which gave him preference over the bank’s claim."

Compensation orders in criminal proceedings – a fresh perspective

Abraham Hamman, Windell Nortje Academic research 2017-01-23

"Victims in criminal proceedings are more often than not placed in a disadvantaged position as their requests for compensation are frequently disregarded by the courts."

The role of food and eating habits in the ascetical spirituality of Basil of Caesarea, Evagrius of Pontus and John Chrysostom

Artemisa C Rodrigues Academic research 2017-01-20

"Fasting and responsible eating habits are then no longer self-centred spiritual practices, but a form of outreach that is based on empathy with the hungry and the needy."

The learning practice formation of rural working class learners based on their funds of knowledge

Henry Fillies, Aslam Fataar Academic research 2017-01-10

"Based on the research for this article we suggest that young people from impoverished backgrounds are productive and creative learners who deploy a range of social and knowledge-informed strategies to establish viable learning paths."

A theological-ethical investigation of the influence of Christian mission on moral values in South Africa

Pieter Verster Academic research 2016-12-14

"The question to be posed is, if it is indeed not in God's law that God determines the relationship with humans in its moral orientation, where should it be?"

The orthographic realisation of compounds with and derivations of multiword proper nouns

Gerhard van Huyssteen Academic research 2016-12-13

From the corpus study it appears as if the orthographic integrity of multiword proper nouns is mostly preserved in these kinds of morphological constructions.

Imitated Black Afrikaans: context and perceptions of the alternative use of Black Afrikaans

Ansie Maritz, Jako Olivier Academic research 2016-12-13

"Perceptions surrounding Black Afrikaans have an influence on the time and place speakers are comfortable using Imitated Black Afrikaans or not, and the overall, general context determines the perceptions surrounding Imitated Black Afrikaans."

Innovation in the study of religion and religions

Johan Strijdom Academic research 2016-12-07

"The article addresses the fundamental question not only of the meaning of innovation, but also of ways in which we may produce new knowledge in a field that studies human beings and religion as a powerful force in our world."

The practice of humiliation: slavery and Christian asceticism in late ancient Syria

Chris de Wet Academic research 2016-12-06

"It seems that some monks may have sought out physical enslavement as a test of their calling and proof of their obedience."

Roland Barthes and the significance of autonomy for the modern author

Charl-Pierre Naudé Academic research 2016-11-30

"The consequently ambiguous status of the postmodern (late modern) author is touched on: how this construct has come to outstrip its condition of freedom and paradoxically now faces the disintegration of its most important property, namely autonomy."

S v Pistorius: Open justice, media coverage of court proceedings and the elephant in the room

Deon Erasmus Academic research 2016-11-30

"The media argue that they have the duty to provide members of the public with information, which in turn will educate members of the public about the judicial process and promote the principle of open justice."

Analysis of sociograms as method to study the efficiency of networked learning in a school-based mathematics subject group

Christa van Staden Academic research 2016-11-29

"The state requires of teachers to learn from one another, but does not provide a method to assess the effectiveness of the learning that happens when teachers learn from one another."

The roles and experiences of grandparents who act as the primary caregivers of their grandchildren

Issie Jacobs, Susan Brink, Vera Roos, Sandra Steyn Academic research 2016-11-29

"According to the grandparents the added financial responsibility has the most profound impact on their role as the primary caregivers of their grandchildren."

Does contemporary South Africa meet the requirements pertaining to the implementation of a developmental state strategy?

Chris Nelson Academic research 2016-11-28

"Although the necessity for implementing a developmental state strategy in South Africa is a view shared by politicians and academic scholars alike, no unanimity exists regarding the viability of this particular strategy."

Coloured families’ experiences of the negative effect of parental alcohol abuse

Estelle van den Berg, Awie Greeff Academic research 2016-11-09

"The negative experiences of coloured families in the Western Cape with regard to alcohol abuse influence various subsystems within the family, as well as the wider community system as a whole."