SINGLE MOTHERS EMPLOYED IN THE FORMAL WORK SECTOR IN GERMANY AND SOUTH AFRICA

Keywords: single mothers, sustainable livelihoods, human capital, social capital, economic capital, economics, experiences

Abstract

This article seeks to disrupt the dominant discourses of victimhood related to single-mother family status.  Drawing on a sustainable livelihood framework, we present data from in-depth interviews held with 25 single mothers sampled in Hagen, Germany, and in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal provinces in South Africa. We discuss how participants engaged in positive human capital development, building social capital and tapped into multiple income streams for economic security. Given the intersectional injustices that single mothers face, the strengths the women drew on in their lives is worth noting. We conclude that single mothers have created a new narrative for themselves beyond a pathological one

Author Biographies

Tanusha Raniga, University of Johannesburg
Department of social work
Michael Boecker, Dortmund University
Applied Sciences
Maud Mthembu, University of KwaZulu Natal
Department of social work
Published
2019-10-11
How to Cite
Raniga, T., Boecker, M., & Mthembu, M. (2019). SINGLE MOTHERS EMPLOYED IN THE FORMAL WORK SECTOR IN GERMANY AND SOUTH AFRICA. Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk, 55(4), 379. https://doi.org/10.15270/55-4-758
Section
Articles