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Young Families: Gender, Sexuality, and Care

Nolwazi Mkhwanazi and Deevia Bhana, eds.
Young Families: Gender, Sexuality, and Care
ISBN: 978-0-7969-2559-6
2017/220 pages
Distributed for HSRC Press


The authors of Young Families present an unparalleled view of the realities of teenage pregnancy in South Africa.

Drawing on empirical data, multilevel approaches, and interdisciplinary perspectives on the dynamics that underpin young peoples' experiences of having and caring for a child, they explore the contexts in which young families are constituted and shaped, as well as the kinds of social relationships and communities of care that early childbearing creates, or in some instances, destroys. They also show the entanglement of gender, sexuality, race, age, and class in the formation of young families and the nature of caring practices.


Nolwazi Mkhwanazi is a senior researcher at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of the Witwatersrand. Deevia Bhana is DST/NRF South African Research Chair in Gender and Childhood Sexuality and professor in the School of Education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.


  • Understanding Young Families in South Africa—the Editors.
  • Popular Perspectives on Teenage Pregnancy in South Africa—R. Hodes.
  • Teenage Mothers and Fathers: A Demographic Perspective—S. Mkwananzi.
  • Anisa's Story: Becoming a Teenage Mother in an Indian Community–D. Bhana.
  • Mina's Story: "Sick" with Child in an Afrikaans-Speaking Community—N. Botha.
  • Aliyah's Story: Generational Change in Manenberg—A. Versfeld.
  • Rethabile's Story: To Be Young, Pregnant, and Black—N. Mkhwanazi.
  • Regulating and Mediating Fathers' Involvement in Families: The Negotiation of Inhlawulo—N. Nkani.
  • "I Was Not Planning to Have a Child at Such a Young Age": Experiences of Young Fathers in Durban, South Africa—S. Chili and P. Maharaj.
  • "“Ubaba Ukhona Kodwa Angikabi Namandla": Navigating Teenage Fatherhood in Rural KwaZulu-Natal—N. Mvune.
  • Young Mothers Parenting at School: Gendered Narratives on Family and Care Practices—S. Ngabaza and T. Shefer.
  • Control as Support: Improving the Outcomes for Teenage Mothers—S. Singh and P. Naicker.
  • Negotiating Motherhood at the Intersection of Intergenerational Infertility, HIV, and Care—A. Swartz.
  • Moral Mothers and Disobedient Daughters: A Politics of Care and Moral Personhood Across Generations—R. Blake.
  • Disrupted Families: The Social Production of Child Abandonment in Urban Johannesburg—D. Blackie.