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Coloured lens : a study of the socio-cultural context of Wentworth in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, towards a photographic documentary

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dc.contributor.advisor Ojong, Vivian
dc.contributor.author Houston, Natalie
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-10T11:13:30Z
dc.date.available 2013-09-01T22:20:13Z
dc.date.issued 2012-09-10
dc.identifier.other 423949
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10321/761
dc.description Dissertation submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for M.Tech.: Graphic Design, Durban University of Technology, 2011. en_US
dc.description.abstract Social issues are a very real problem in South Africa. Violent protests in poorer communities around South Africa indicate a need to better understand negative social realities impacting on communities. This research examined the sociocultural context of Wentworth in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, as shown on the map on page x. The focus of this study was the social and community realities; and the significance of photography in the context of examining these. The aim was to use photography as a research tool as well as to document the data collected. From the data a 118-page book, as shown on page viii, was conceptualised, which captures this community’s social context. Further, the study questioned the use of design practice to support social change. Because of the distinctly “Coloured” nature of Wentworth, literature was sought for the definition, history, current dynamics and complexities of Coloured identity. The literature review highlighted ethics and the strategies that should be adhered to when considering the social nature of photography. For this inquiry a qualitative analysis was conducted using the Grounded Theory method. A collaborative, or participatory research approach, was used for data collection, by working closely with families and health, church and non-governmental groups in Wentworth. Qualitative data collection methods used to gather primary data were photographic documentation and interviews. This research produced a number of key findings regarding socio-cultural problems plaguing the community. Findings deemed photography a rich tool for researching the social and for accurately recording everyday life. The main conclusions drawn from this research were that in-depth studies be conducted on individual problems, utilising greater manpower and funding. In addition, that further research and documentation be undertaken in the community. en_US
dc.format.extent 106 p en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Community en_US
dc.subject Social en_US
dc.subject Coloureds en_US
dc.subject Photography en_US
dc.subject Documentary en_US
dc.subject Ethics and identity en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Colored people--Race identity--South Africa--Durban en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Colored people (South Africa)--South Africa--Durban--Social conditions en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Colored people (South Africa)--South Africa--Durban--Pictorial works en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Colored people (South Africa)--South Africa--Durban--Social conditions--Pictorial works en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Wentworth (South Africa)--Social conditions en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Photography--Social aspects--South Africa en_US
dc.title Coloured lens : a study of the socio-cultural context of Wentworth in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, towards a photographic documentary en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.dut-rims.pubnum DUT-001966


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