The Society, Work and Development Institute (SWOP) is one of the University of the Witwatersrand’s most enduring research organisations. The central problem investigated through the current SWOP research programmes is the precarious nature of social order. In the second decade after the democratic elections of 1994, it is clear that slow-burning contestations over the dissolution of the old order and the shape of the emerging order are wide-ranging, with implications for development, democracy, law, gender relations and society as a whole.
SWOP researchers, associates, PhD fellows and MA interns are exploring these problems through research into work and worklessness, society and nature, households, social reproduction, gender orders and welfare regimes, civil society, class formation, citizenship, movements and violence. A major emerging research area is on mining, society and environment. Read more…
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