Dr Emmanuel Mayeza
Senior Lecturer
Department of Sociology
Qwaqwa Campus
Mendi Building 35

Short CV



Emmanuel Mayeza, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Sociology, University of the Free State, South Africa. He completed his PhD in Sociology at Stellenbosch University in 2015. He did postdoctoral studies in the Department of Political and International Studies at Rhodes University and also at the School of Education, University of KwaZulu-Natal. Emmanuel’s current research interests include gender identities, sexualities, gender violence in and around schools, education, qualitative research methodology, ethics in research, childhood and youth cultures, social inequalities and feminist theory. He publishes in leading academic journals in his field of research including Sex EducationNORMA: International Journal for Masculinity Studies; Culture, Health & Sexuality; Gender and EducationInternational Journal of Qualitative MethodsInternational Studies in Sociology of EducationDiscourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education; and International Journal of Educational Development. He is an invited peer reviewer for the international journals: Children’s Geographies; Health Education Journal; Early Years: An International Research Journal; American Journal of Sexuality Education; Sex Education; Journal of Research in Childhood Education. He presents his research in various national and international conferences including IASSCS (International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture and Society) and South African National Conference on Violence.He is a member of the following professional/academic associations: American Sociological Association (2016 - present), Golden Key International Honour Society (2010 - present) and the South African Sociological Association (2016 - present). He is also an invitedreviewer of applications for rating at the South African National Research Foundation. 



Recent Publications 

1. Deevia Bhana & Emmanuel Mayeza (2019): Primary Schoolgirls Addressing Bullying and Negotiating Femininity, Girlhood Studies, 12(2):98–114. Link: https://doi.org/10.3167/ghs.2019.120208

2. Emmanuel Mayeza & Louise Vincent (2019): Learners’ perspectives on Life Orientation sexuality education in South Africa, Sex Education,19(4):472–485. Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/14681811.2018.1560253

3. Emmanuel Mayeza & Nkosinothando Mpofu (2018): ‘A supervisor can make or break a student’: Lessons learned towards building postgraduate supervision capacity at a South African university, Journal of Educational Studies, 17(1):1–19. Link: https://hdl.handle.net/10520/EJC-1786be584a


4. Chipo Munyuki, Louise Vincent & Emmanuel Mayeza (2018). A ‘Home for All’? How gay, lesbian and bisexual students experience being ‘at home’ in university residence life, In: Rob Pattman and Ronelle Carolissen (Editors),Transforming Transformation in Research and Teaching at South African Universities. Stellenbosch: African Sun Media.


5. Deevia Bhana & Emmanuel Mayeza (2018): ‘Cheese boys’ resisting and negotiating violent hegemonic masculinity in primary school, NORMA: International Journal for Masculinity Studies, Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/18902138.2018.1494402


6. Emmanuel Mayeza (2018): Ethical Research and the Policing of Masculinity: Experiences of a Male Researcher Doing Ethnography with Young School Children. In: Macleod C., Marx J., Mnyaka P., Treharne G. (eds), The Palgrave Handbook of Ethics in Critical Research(pp. 339 – 354). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. Link: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-74721-7_22


7. Nozipho Mvune, Deevia Bhana & Emmanuel Mayeza (2018): Umhlalaphansiand inkwari: teenage men’s accounts on becoming fathers, Culture, Health & Sexuality, Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/13691058.2018.1459843 

8. Emmanuel Mayeza (2018): ‘Charmer boys’ and ‘cream girls’: how primary school children construct themselves as heterosexual subjects through football, Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 39(1):128-141. Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01596306.2016.1235013  

9. Emmanuel Mayeza (2017): ‘‘Girls don’t play soccer’: Children policing gender on the playground in a township primary school in South Africa’, Gender and Education, 29(4): 476-494. Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09540253.2016.1187262  

10. Emmanuel Mayeza (2017): Doing child-centered ethnography: unravelling the complexities of reducing the perceptions of adult male power during fieldwork, International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 16: 1–10 , Link:https://doi.org/10.1177/1609406917714162   

11. Emmanuel Mayeza (2017): ‘It’s not right for boys to play with dolls’: young children constructing and policing gender during ‘free play’ in a South African classroom, Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education,39(4):590-602.Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01596306.2017.1290584  


12. Emmanuel Mayeza & Deevia Bhana (2016): Addressing gender violence among children in the early years of schooling: insights from teachers in a South African primary school, InternationalStudies in Sociology of Education, 26(4): 408-425, Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09620214.2017.1319288



13. Deevia Bhana & Emmanuel Mayeza (2016): ‘‘We don’t play with gays, they’re not real boys … they can’t fight’: Hegemonic masculinity and (homophobic) violence in the primary years of schooling’, International Journal of Educational Development, 51: 36-42, Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijedudev.2016.08.002


14. Emmanuel Mayeza (2015): ‘Exclusionary Violence and Bullying in the Playground: Football and Gender ‘Policing’ at School’, African Safety Promotion: A Journal of Injury and Violence Prevention, 13(1):49-70.



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