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Katharina Girndt

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PhD Student

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Institute of Development Research and Development Policy
Ruhr-University Bochum
Universitätsstr. 105
D-44789 Bochum
Germany

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Fax: +49 (0)234 / 32-14294

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Research Topic

Dealing with the Impact of Social Control:
Strategies and Coping Mechanisms of LGBT+ People in South Africa

South Africa has one of the most progressive Constitutions in terms of the rights of LGBT+ people. However, there is an existing gap between law and lived reality for LGBT+ people in South Africa.

My research discusses social control mechanisms that derive from and lead to the (re-)production of this gap. I am looking at LGBT+ people, groups, and activists in South Africa in order to find out how they are dealing with the impact of social control mechanisms.

The study focuses on the perception of norms and values that underlie and reinforce the stigmatization of LGBT+ people. Thus, it points out how strategies and coping mechanisms are developed and applied to cope with theses circumstances.

Supervisor: PD Dr. Stefan Karduck, University of Cologne

Research Interest

coping mechanisms, eurocentrism, gender, heteronormativity, LGBT+, neo-colonialism, neo-liberalism, post-apartheid, postcolonial studies, resilience, social control, South Africa, qualitative intercultural communication research

How to contact us

Institute of Development Research and Development Policy
Ruhr University Bochum

Room 2.04
Universitaetsstr. 105
D-44789 Bochum

E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Phone:   +49-(0)234 / 32-22418
or   32-22243
Fax:   +49-(0)234 / 32-14-294

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Latest Publications

D. Bertrand Njoh, T. Feldt, C. Seeger, N. Dittrich, H. Karg, E. Gawum, A. Witte, R. van VeenhuizenUrban and Peri-Urban Agriculture in Bamenda: A Policy Narrative.

Eva Gerharz: The Interface Approach (IEE Working Paper No. 212)

Raffael Beier: Zwischen Rebellion und Global City: Stadtentwicklung in Marokko, in: Welt-Sichten Dossier 9-2018, pp. 16-17

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IEE on Tour

October 07 - 26:
Raffael Beier
at the International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague / The Netherlands, in the frame of the joint-PhD of ISS and IEE

October 22:
Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein
at the SNV in The Hague / The Natherlands for a workshop on Food Security

IEE on Field Research

Nicole Dittrich is on field research in Bamako/Mali until end of October 2018.

Ruth Knoblich is on field research in Cape Town and Pretoria / South Africa until end of November 2018.

Om Ki has a research stay in Myanmar until mid-November 2018.

Christina Seeger is on field research in Bamako/Mali until end of November 2018.