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THE SOCIAL & THE INDIVIDUAL : RETHINKING THE SOCIAL NORM OF SILENCE INFORMING PARENTING IN MPUMALANGA, SOUTH AFRICA

Dr. Mzikazi Nduna, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

November 2017

About our Guest: Dr. Mzikazi Nduna is a researcher in Psychology, Head of the School of Human & Community Development, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.

Interviewer: Ana Fonseca

Description: During this interview, we will be talking about the article written by Dr. Mzikazi Nduna in collaboration with Dr. Yandisa Sikweyiya entitled, "Silence in Young Women's Narratives of Absent and Unknown Fathers from Mpumalanga Province, South Africa," published in 2015 in the Journal of Child and Family Studies. Dr. Yandisa Sikweyiya wasn't available for this interview. Their article provides insights into the tensions between the social and the individual through an analysis of the narratives of young women's experiences of the silence surrounding their absent fathers in Mpumalanga. 

How are societal family norms and the AIDS epidemic in South Africa part of the broader context within which the problematic of absent fathers in Mpumalanga develops? How can the tension between individual feelings of reppression and pain experienced by young women who grew up without their fathers in Mpumalanga, and social norms that encourage silence about their absent fathers be conciliated? In the context of the cultural shift experienced by South Africa towards a more democratic society, how can old and new ways of parenting coexist? Dr. Mzikazi Nduna addresses these and other key questions during this conversation.

RH- The Social and the Individual: Rethinking the Social Norm of Silence Informing Parenting in Mpumalanga, South Africa

Keywords/themes:
Cultural change, tension between the social and the individual, social silence, social norm of silence in Mpumalanga, intergenerational dialogues, absent fathers, young women and absent fathers, AIDS epidemic in South Africa, intlawulo, Mpumalanga, Gert Sibande, South Africa​​.

"if there is a community that the social norm is around silence and not communicating about absent fathers, then that's what we call the 'intergenerational transmission of silence.' So, it does breed a communication pattern of avoidance. It teaches children that it's ok to not to tell. So, I think we need to break that silence."

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CITING THIS INTERVIEW:

Audio: Nduna, Mzikazi."The Social & the Individual: Rethinking the Social Norm of Silence Informing Parenting in Mpumalanga, South Africa." Interview by Ana Fonseca. Radio Heteroglossia, audio, November 2017 https://www.radioheteroglossia.com/en/interviews/2017-11-mzikazi-nduna-university-of-the-witwatersrand-the-social-and-the-individual-rethinking-the-social-norm-of-silence-informing-parenting-in-mpumalanga-south-africa

Transcription: Nduna, Mzikazi."The Social & the Individual: Rethinking the Social Norm of Silence Informing Parenting in Mpumalanga, South Africa." Interview by Ana Fonseca. Radio Heteroglossia, transcription, November 2017 https://www.radioheteroglossia.com/en/interviews/2017-11-mzikazi-nduna-university-of-the-witwatersrand-the-social-and-the-individual-rethinking-the-social-norm-of-silence-informing-parenting-in-mpumalanga-south-africa

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