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Academic Identities as Epicentres for Social Cohesiveness in Higher Education

Pillay, Daisy; Chisanga, Theresa; Hiralaal, Anita; Masinga, Lungile; Naicker, Inbanathan; Pithouse-Morgan, Kathleen


Daisy Pillay

Theresa Chisanga

Anita Hiralaal

Lungile Masinga

Inbanathan Naicker


This themed issue of Alternation explores how and why academics from multiple knowledge fields in South Africa and the United States of America (USA) position themselves vis-à-vis social cohesion in their everyday lives and educational practices. The articles highlight diverse, innovative modes and lenses for representing, interpreting, and theorising academics’ lived experiences in response to pressing social cohesion-related challenges and dilemmas in higher education. Drawing on a range of research approaches, methods and data sources, the authors generate new and different knowledge on social cohesion and academic identities. Collectively, this issue opens up conversations about the possibilities and intricacies of facilitating complex, contradictory, and multiple understandings of social cohesiveness and academic selves.


Pillay, D., Chisanga, T., Hiralaal, A., Masinga, L., Naicker, I., & Pithouse-Morgan, K. (2021). Academic Identities as Epicentres for Social Cohesiveness in Higher Education. Alternation, 28(2), 1-10.

Journal Article Type Editorial
Acceptance Date Oct 31, 2021
Online Publication Date Dec 1, 2021
Publication Date Dec 1, 2021
Deposit Date Sep 22, 2022
Journal Alternation Interdisciplinary Journal for the Study of the Arts and Humanities in Southern Africa
Print ISSN 1023-1757
Electronic ISSN 2519-5476
Publisher University of KwaZulu-Natal
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 28
Issue 2
Pages 1-10
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