The latest news from the Families and Societies Research Unit.
The latest news from the Families and Societies Research Unit.
In an article in the Daily Maverick, Elena Moore highlights how the State’s adoption of a R500 supplement per primary caregiver may exacerbate tensions when there are multiple co-caregivers. Despite the welcome relief for many primary caregivers, especially those who have one child — this relief comes with a significant real and social cost when there are multiple children and multiple co-caregivers. For more see: Covid-19 emergency child support grants need flexibility to accommodate fluid caregiving
In an article on GroundUp, Jeremy Seekings dissects the proposed temporary reforms to social grants announced on 21 April by President Ramaphosa. Jeremy argues that the package is well designed in principle, encompassing diverse grants to reach as many individuals as possible rather than relying on a single programme that reaches only selected adults. But the envisaged budget is insufficient to cover the proposed reforms.
In a recent article in the Daily Maverick, Nonzuzo Mbokazi (PhD candidate) and Elena Moore write about how the Covid-19 pandemic will deepen existing glaring racial disparities among children. As children’s access to resources varies dramatically by race, this article looks specifically at the situation of children and informal worker households.
Elena Moore, Director of FaSRU talks on the Thabiso Kotane show about the vulnerabilities of old age grant receiving households during the pandemic. She outlines the reasons for added burden that old age grant receiving households may face when Covid-19 enters the household. More importantly she recommends specific relief that the government should introduce to ensure the financial well-being of the household during the pandemic and recovery. Power FM Podcast on Old Age Grant Receiving Households and Covid-19
In a three-part series on the dynamics of Covid-19 on care and money within households, Professor Elena Moore unpacks thorny issues in intergenerational relationships, responsibilities and obligations. She outlines care-giving and financial challenges families face. This first article looks specifically at challenges in old age grant-receiving households. The second article examines the challenges that are faced in multi-generational households headed by women in employment. The third article looks more broadly at the family dynamics and challenges that are arising more broadly in multi-generational household. The series argues that different households will face unique challenges and that government support needs to include a wider range of relief at the household level to cater for the range of challenges that are experienced. Whilst supporting a broader call for an increase in child support grants and household relief more broadly, Elena recommends relief specifically for old age grant receiving households.
The set of papers, edited by Elena Moore and Jeremy Seekings, examines ‘Social Protection, Intergenerational Relationships and Conflict in South Africa’. In their introduction, Elena and Jeremy review the ‘Consequences of Social Protection on Intergenerational Relationships in South Africa’. Former CSSR student and post-doctoral researcher Gabby Kelly’s article on ‘Disability, cash transfers and family practices in South Africa’ examines conflicts over access to and use of disability grants. ‘Conflict and negotiation in intergenerational care: Older women’s experiences of caring with the Old Age Grant in South Africa’ – by CSSR doctoral student Kirsty Button and fieldworker Thobani Ncapai – examines the relationships between old-age pensioners and younger kin. Elena’s article on ‘Who has a duty to support? Care practices and legal responsibilities in South Africa’ examines how the responsibilities of kin have been defined in court cases involving the Road Accident Fund. In his article on ‘The conditional legitimacy of claims made by mothers and other kin in South Africa’, Jeremy analyses data from survey experiments on who is considered deserving of assistance from both the state and kin. The final paper, on ‘Parental absence: Intergenerational tensions and contestations of social grants in South Africa’ by Ziphora Kearabetswe Mokoene and Grace Khunou of the University of Johannesburg) examines conflict between grandmothers (who often provide child care) and mothers (who receive the child support grants for the children).
Elena Moore was part of a discussion on ‘Understanding Polygamous marriages in South Africa’ on the Aubrey Masango show on 702. If you are interested and want to hear more, here is the podcast: Radio 702 Show Talk
Moore, E. (2019) “My husband has to stop beating me and I shouldn’t go to the police”: Family meetings, patriarchal bargains and marital violence in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. Violence Against Women https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1077801219840440
This week Elena Moore was interviewed on the POWER Zone with Morio Sanyane focusing on customary wives and the law. Elena discussed the ways in which the reform of customary law offers some legal protection for customary wives. However she also highlights the limits of the law and the ways in which customary wives still struggle to access property as widows or divorcees. If you are interested and want to hear more, here is the podcast: Customary law and the problems it causes for widows
Elena Moore, in the Mail & Guardian, describes the ways in which customary wives in South Africa, in challenging marital violence, navigate relations of patriarchal domination either through appeals to the state, familial channels or a combination of both.
The Families and Societies Research Unit, together with the NRF Chair in Customary Law, Indigenous Values and Human Rights hosted a two-day workshop on the relationship and interaction between gender, generation and negotiating power in families on the 21 and 22 of Jan 2019.This workshop provided a forum for scholars working within the sociology and regulation of personal relationships and gender to consider generation and generational interaction through an intersectional framework. The workshop examined how a focus on generation facilitate new understandings of the processes by which social inequalities are made and perpetuated in our intimate lives. Several leading scholars in the area attended the workshop including Sindiso Mnisi Weeks, Deevia Bhana, Nolwazi Mkhwanazi, Michael Yarbrough and several emerging scholars including four FaSRU doctoral students. John Comaroff acted as a discussant for the first day and made insightful contributions throughout the course of the day. Elena would like to thank everyone who participated in the workshop and is looking forward to taking this work further.
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