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Divide and rule, unite and resist

This field study explores effects of intergroup contact on the political solidarity of historically disadvantaged groups in Pietermartizburg (South Africa)
April 2013 - September 2014

Divide and rule, unite and resist is a field study in Pietermartizburg, South Africa funded by the British Academy.

The project is led by John Dixon (Professor of Social Psychology, The Open University, CCIG member) and Kevin Durrheim (Department of Psychology, University of KwaZulu-Natal) and is also being partly funded by the National Research Foundation of South Africa.

The project team also include: Manuela Thomae (Department of Psychology, University of Winchester), Colin Tredoux (Department of Psychology, University of Cape Town), Philippa Kerr (School of Psychology, University of KwaZulu-Natal), Michael Quayle (School of Psychology, University of KwaZulu-Natal) and Amy Jo Murray (School of Psychology, University of KwaZulu-Natal).

The research takes the form of a field survey and follow-up interviews conducted with Indian residents of Northdale, a community located in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal. It explores the role of everyday contact between Northdale residents and residents of a local ‘African’ informal settlement in shaping (shared) constructions of injustice, political solidarity and collective action.

The project started in April 2013 and ends in September 2014.

Learn more about the research programme: Psychosocial
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