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Nation Formation and Social Cohesion

Project Leader: Fébé Potgieter-Gqubule

Project Coordinator: Leslie Dikeni

Faculty of Humanity
Project started

March 22 2011

Estimated end date:

March 21 2014


The research project on Nation Formation and Social Cohesion examines amongst other things, the different interpretations and meanings that diverse social actors attach to the calls and prospects for nation formation and social cohesion.  The purpose is to examine the efficacy of these concepts to present day South African society.

The study examines these factors through different case studies using  ethnographic research in four research sites. These are in the Northern Cape, the Western Cape, KwaZulu Natal and Gauteng. To date various workshops focusing on the theme of the study and involving a diverse group of social actors from different academic institutions, NGOs and government institutions have taken place. Key to this process has been the analysis and interpretation of findings from the field by project team members.

The research project on Nation Formation and Social Cohesion was finalised in May 2014 and the findings were released in a research report entitled Nation Formation and Social Cohesion: An Enquiry into the Hopes and Aspirations of South Africans.

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