Fieldnotes is a platform for showcasing the research efforts of the staff, students and many partners of the Division of Social and Behavioural Sciences (DSBS) in UCT's School of Public Health and Family Medicine. In addition to reporting on the findings of this collective research enterprise, it also provides a platform for reflecting on the many theoretical, ethical, methodological, institutional, professional, and political issues that arise in the course of this research. Contributions will be authored by DSBS students, staff, collaborators and other invited guests on a wide range of topics related to the Division's particular focus: the application of critical health social science perspectives to urgent public health concerns.

Welcome to Fieldnotes
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 - 10:30

Welcome to the inaugural edition of Fieldnotes, our new platform for promoting the role of critical health social science research in the field of public health. The Fieldnotes Editorial Team

Penile-Vaginal Heteronormativity in Defining Sex, Virginity, and Abstinence: Implications for Research and Public Health in sub-Saharan Africa
Sun, 10 Feb 2019 - 21:00

The manner in which sexual behaviour terms are defined, operationalised and interpreted has implications for research, policy, and clinical practice, and is central to ensuring the accuracy of reporting and the efficacy of interventions. Zoe Duby

Coming of Age in Khayelitsha: Lessons on Certainty and Privilege
Mon, 28 Jan 2019 - 20:00

Bleary eyed from twenty-four hours of travel, disoriented, and hungry, I arrived in Cape Town in May 2017 suddenly all too aware of two facts: I was very far from home... Lauren Greenwood

Beyond the Numbers: Why Qualitative Data Should Not Be Used to Make Quantifying Claims--Understanding the Real Value of Qualitative Research
Mon, 10 Dec 2018 - 09:00

Quantitative data is often assumed to carry more scientific value and is thought of as more rigorous, objective and relevant to the world of public health than its qualitative counterpart. Lario Viljoen

Personal Reflections From Attending the British Academy Writing Workshop
Wed, 14 Nov 2018 - 09:00

Since 2014, I have been trying to write up a publication from my master’s research that focused on the fruit and vegetable consumption in the area of Mitchells Plain, an urban community in Cape Town. Catherine Pereira

Can Activism and Academic Research Go Hand in Hand? A Personal Reflection on Community Engagement in Gugulethu
Mon, 22 Oct 2018 - 09:00

In the middle of Gugulethu, there is a dentistry clinic that was always overcrowded. People would wait in line from 5am to see the dentist. Myrna van Pinxteren

Navigating Between Research and Intervention
Tue, 09 Oct 2018 - 11:15

I felt a tension right from the beginning of my first meeting with the health committee members I hoped would be participants in my PhD research. This tension was not from the health committee members I was meeting with – it was internal. Hanne Haricharan

Movement for Change and Social Justice (MCSJ): A Community-University Partnership
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 - 11:45

The Movement for Change and Social Justice (MCSJ) is a social movement founded in Gugulethu in September 2016. Zara Trafford and Mandla Majola

Resilience Among TB Patients on Treatment in Cape Town
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 - 13:00

South Africa, and the Western Cape and Cape Town in particular, face one of the most serious and persistent TB epidemics in the world. Lianne Cremer, Alison Swartz, Christopher Colvin

"The Privileged Black Child?": Reflections on my Privilege--Or Lack Thereof--As a UCT PhD Candidate
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 - 14:30

My assumed privilege leaves me conscious of the sacrifices that my parents had to make to give me the education that I have. Tebogo Mokganyetji

Biomedical Beliefs and Practices Amongst Traditional Health Practitioners
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 - 14:00

People seek wellness and healing in different ways. We choose services and products based on what we believe, how we understand our ailments and what is available to us.  Lesley Gittings