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Bouncing back and holding on : narratives of hidden resilience from young men in Zola, Soweto

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dc.contributor.advisor Ms. C. van Rooyen; Prof. T. de Wet en
dc.contributor.author Korth, Marcel Tsholofelo
dc.date.accessioned 2011-09-13T08:51:27Z
dc.date.available 2011-09-13T08:51:27Z
dc.date.issued 2011-09-13T08:51:27Z
dc.date.submitted 2008-11-26
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/3830
dc.description M.A. en
dc.description.abstract Using the concept of resilience, this study investigates mechanisms and strategies used by young men in Zola, Soweto to cope in adverse circumstances. The study breaks with the preoccupation of social science research with 'youth as trouble' issues and resonates with the United Nations' objective to drive forward notions of human development which aim at sustaining support and collaboration in assisting people to develop their full potential. In specific, the study asks the question “What are the mechanisms and strategies that young men in Soweto use to cope in adverse circumstances?” The study, contrary to most resilience studies worldwide, employed a qualitative methodology and relies strongly on data collected in 2007 through in-depth interviews and participant observation among young men of 18-24 years of age in Zola, Soweto, just outside of Johannesburg. The findings highlight how notions of masculinity contribute to the legitimisation of crime and the high uptake of criminal responses to adversity in a context of poverty and inequality – a process I discuss in light of Michael Ungar's notion of 'hidden resilience'. The project's contributions to research are threefold: Firstly, the study contributes to the international body of resilience literature by providing a context-specific account of risk and adaptation among young men in an urban township environment in South Africa. Secondly, it adds to recent discussions on the appropriateness of different methods in studying resilience by reflecting on some of the most common approaches to researching resilience among children and youths. Lastly, the project takes a glance at potential fields of interest for policy and programme development that emanate from the study's innovative perspective on 'youth at risk' in Zola. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Young men in Soweto en
dc.subject Resilience (Personality trait) en
dc.subject Crime en
dc.title Bouncing back and holding on : narratives of hidden resilience from young men in Zola, Soweto en
dc.type Thesis en

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