School of Education

Deevia Bhana

Deevia Bhana


DST/NRF SARChI Chair: Gender & Childhood Sexuality, Professor




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Professor Deevia Bhana is currently the DST/NRF South African Research Chair (SARChI, Tier 1) in Gender and Childhood Sexuality at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Her research lies in the areas of gender, sexuality, children, young people and schooling. This research is informed by a cross-cutting approach, drawing from the sociology of childhood, political economy, critical feminist and sexuality studies, and masculinities. Deevia enjoys considerable international recognition in the field with two fellowships at Columbia University (US) and most recently an academic writing scholar funded by the Rockerfeller Foundation (Italy)


The originality of Deevia’s research lies in its focus on gender, sexuality, race, class, culture and childhood, punctuated by poverty, wealth, violence and inequalities. This focus has led to wider contextualization with many international research collaborations in the US, UK and Australia contributing to global debate around gender and childhood sexualities. Her work appears in lead journals including Social Science and Medicine; Childhood, Culture, Health and Sexuality; Sexualities; Discourse; International Journal of Educational Development; Gender and Education; British Journal of Sociology of Education. She has published over 100 scientific articles and chapters in books and authored and edited 8 books. Her most recent book is Love, sex and teenage sexual cultures in South Africa: 16 turning 17 (Routledge). She is currently working on a new book about Young Boys. Deevia is a B 2-rated National Research Foundation (NRF) rated researcher.



  • Mkhwanazi, N and Bhana, D, eds (2017) Young Families: Gender, Sexuality and Care. Cape Town: HSRC Press
  • Morrell, R; Bhana, D and Shefer, T. (2012). Books and/or Babies. Pregnancy and young parents at school. Cape Town: HSRC Press.
  • Mvune, N and Bhana, D (2020): Sandile’s story In Nolwazi Mkhwanazi and Lenore Manderson (Eds) Connected Lives Families, Households, Health and Care in Contemporary South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa: HSRC Press.
  • Bhana, D. (2020) “Little boys”: The significance of early childhood in the making of masculinities In Lucas Gottzén, Ulf Mellström and Tamara Shefer, Routledge International Handbook of Masculinity Studies. London: Routledge.
  • Bhana, D & Shefer, T. (2020) Gender, Culture and Sexuality: Young People’s Conceptualisation of ‘Queer’ in South Africa. In Jón Ingvar Kjaran and  Helen Sauntson (Eds) Schools as Queer Transformative Spaces: Global Narratives on Sexualities and Gender. London: Routledge.
  • Bhana D. (2019) Girls’ Sexuality Between Agency and Vulnerability. In: Yacob-Haliso O., Falola T. (eds) The Palgrave Handbook of African Women’s Studies. Palgrave Macmillan: Cham. DOI
  • Bhana, D. (2019) Research under surveillance: sexuality and gender-based research with children in South Africa In, S. Lamb and J. Gilbert (Eds). (pp. 369-386), The Cambridge Handbook of Sexual Development Childhood and Adolescence. UK: Cambridge University Press.
  • Bhana, D. (2017) Anisa’s Story: Being and becoming a teenage mother in an Indian Community In N. Mkhwanazi and D Bhana (Eds). (pp.53-64) Young families: gender, sexuality and care. Cape Town: HSRC Press.
  • Mkhwanazi, N and Bhana, D (2017) Understanding young families In N. Mkhwanazi and D Bhana (Eds). Young families: gender, sexuality and care. (pp.3-16) Cape Town: HSRC Press.
  • Bhana, D. (2017). Childhood Sexualities in Africa: Agency and Vulnerability In, Yaw Ofosu-Kusi (Ed) Children’s agency and development in African societies, Senegal: Codesria
  • Bhana, D. (2017) Sexualities and gender-based research in youth studies In A. Furlong (Ed.) Routledge Handbook of Youth and Young Adulthood, 2nd Edition, (pp. 339-346) Abingdon and New York: Routledge.
  • Pattman, R and Bhana, D (2017) Learning from the learners: how research with young people can provide models of good pedagogic practice in sexuality education in South Africa. In Louisa Allen, Mary Lou Rasmussen (Eds). (pp. 191-210) The Palgrave Handbook of Sexuality Education. London: Palgrave MacMillan.
  • Bhana, D (2016) Masculinities, femininities and the burden of culture among rural South African teenagers in the context of HIV. In P.Liamputtong (Ed). Children, Young People Living with HIV/AIDS: A Cross-Cultural Perspective, (pp. 127-145) Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Bhana, D. (2016). Steeling the junior body: learning sport and masculinities in the early years. In J. Coffey, S. Budgeon and H. Cahill (Eds.), (pp.53-68) Learning bodies. Amsterdam; Springer.
  • Bhana, D. (2015). “Istabane” South African teenagers and the regulation of sexuality, gender and culture. In Emma Renold, Jessica Ringrose and Danielle Egan (Eds). Children, Sexuality and the Sexualisation of Culture, (pp. 193-207) London: Palgrave.
  • Bhana, D. (2015). Learning gender in the early years in South Africa. In J. Wyn, H Cahill and A. Farrelly (Eds). Handbook on Childhood and Youth, (pp.279-288) Amsterdam: Springer.
  • Bhana, D (2014). Loving and Fearing: Township girls’ agency amidst sexual risk, In, C. Pereira (ed.) Changing Narratives of Sexuality: Contestations, Compliance and Women’s Empowerment, (pp. 87-110) London: Zed Books.
  • Bhana, D & Singh, S. (2012). Gender, Sexuality and HIV and AIDS Education in South Africa, In Alex Wiseman and Ryan Glover (Eds.) Education HIV and AIDS Education Worldwide, (pp. 213 – 230) Emerald Publishing: UK.
  • Bhana, D & Ngabaza, S. (2012). Teacher responses to pregnancy and young parents in schools in, Books and/or babies Pregnancy and young parents in schools, (pp. 49-62) Cape Town: HSRC Press.
  • Shefer T, Bhana D, Morrell R, Manzini N, & Masuku, N. (2012). It isn’t easy’ – Young parents talk of their school experiences, In Books and/or babies Pregnancy and young parents in schools, (pp. 127-148) Cape Town: HSRC Press.
  • Morrell, R, Bhana D & Shefer, T. (2012). Pregnancy and parenthood in South African Schools in, Books and/or babies Pregnancy and young parents in schools(pp. 1-30) Cape Town: HSRC Press.
  • Bhana, D. (2012). Principals, teachers and the ‘problem’ of pregnancy and parenting in, Books and/or babies Pregnancy and young parents in schools, (pp. 31-34) Cape Town: HSRC Press.
  • Bhana, D., Shefer, T & Morrell R. (2012). Conclusion: Policy Implications and issues for the future in Books and/or babies Pregnancy and young parents in schools, (pp. 169-176), Cape Town: HSRC Press.
  • Morrell, R., Bhana, D & V. Hamlall, V. (2012). I’m not scared of the teacher- I can hold him – I can hold him with my bare hands.” School boys, male teachers and physical violence at a Durban Secondary School in South Africa, In S. Saltmarsh, K.H Robinson & C. Davies (Eds.) Rethinking school violence: Context, gender and theory (pp. 94-114). London: Palgrave Macmillan,
  • Bhana, D. (2011). How South African teachers construct gender in the early years of schooling in, B. Irby and G. Brown (Eds) Gender and Early Learning Environments (pp. 95-108) Connecticut: Information Age Publishing.
  • Bhana, D. (2009). “Girls hit!” Constructing and negotiating violent African femininities in a working-class primary school in J Dillabough, J. MacLeod, and M. Mills (Eds) Troubling Gender in Education (pp. 96 -110). London: Routledge.
  • Pattman, R & Bhana, D. (2009). Colouring sexualities: How some black South African schoolgirls respond to ‘racial’ and gendered inequalities in, M. Steyn, and M. Van Zyl (Eds) The Prize and the Price: Shaping Sexualities in South Africa (pp. 21-38). Cape Town: HSRC Press.
  • Bhana, D, Morrell, R, & Pattman, R. (2009). Gender and Education in developing contexts: Postcolonial reflections on Africa in, R. Cowen and A. Kazamias (Eds) Handbook of International and Comparative Education (pp. 703-713). Amsterdam: Springer.
  • Bhana, D & Pattman, R. (2008). “Indian girls and the construction of boys, sexuality and race” in, M. Dunne (Ed) Gender Sexuality and development: education and society in sub-Saharan Africa (pp. 103-117). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.
  • Unterhalter, E., North, A., Morrell, R., Bhana, D., Epstein, D & Moletsane, R. (2008). Mobilizing the gender of care: Accounts of Gender equality, schooling and the HIV epidemic in Durban, South Africa in, S. Aikman, E. Unterhalter, and T. Boler (Eds) Gender equality and HIV and AIDS: Challenges for the education sector (pp.150-169). Oxford: Oxfam.
  • Bhana, D. (2008). Children’s Sexual Rights in an Era of HIV/AIDS’ in, A. Cornwall, S. Correa and S. Jolly (Eds) Development with a Body: Making the Connections between Sexuality, Human Rights and Development (pp.77-86). London: Zed Books.
  • Pattman, R & Bhana, D. (2007). Invoking ‘Culture’ and ‘Sexuality’: Black Girls in Mixed ‘Race’ Schools in, Durban in R. Pattman, and S. Khan (Eds) Undressing Durban (pp. 343-362). Durban: Madiba Publishers.
  • Bhana, D. (2006). “Doing Power”: Confronting violent masculinities in primary school in, F. Leach and C. Mitchell (Eds) Combating Gender Violence in and around Schools (pp.171-179). Stoke-on-Trent: Trentham Books.
  • Bhana, D. (2005). Violence and the Gendered Negotiation of Masculinities Among young Black school Boys in South Africa in, L.Ouzgane and R. Morrell (Eds) African Masculinities (pp. 205-220). New York: Palgrave.
  • Bhana, D. (2005). “Show me the panties” : Girls Play Games in the School Ground in, C. Mitchell and J. Reid-Walsh (Eds) Seven Going on Seventeen: Tween Studies in the Culture of Girlhood (pp.163-172).New York: Peter Lang.
  • Mayeza, E Bhana, D. (Accepted) Boys and bullying in primary school: Young masculinities and the negotiation of power South African Journal of Education
  • Mayeza, E, Bhana, D. (2020). Boys negotiate violence and masculinity in the primary school British Journal of Sociology of Education
  • Chen, H., Bhana, D., Anderson, B and Buccus, I. (2020). Bruin Ous Are the Main Ous: Exploring ‘Coloured’ Masculinities in Durban’s Wentworth Township . Journal of Southern African Studies
  • Moosa, S and Bhana, D. (2019). Troubling the male role modelling theory: Male teachers as role models for girls?” European Early Childhood Education Research Journal
  • Mayeza, E, and Bhana, D (2019) How ‘real boys’ construct heterosexuality in the primary school playground Journal of Research in Childhood Education.
  • Bhana, D. and Chen, H (2019) If you a bitch, we treat you like a bitch”: Teenage Boys’ Constructions of Heterosexual Masculinity. Journal of Youth Studies.
  • McGrath, K, Van Bergen, P, Moosa, S and Bhana, D. (2019The plight of the male teacher: An interdisciplinary and multileveled theoretical framework for researching a shortage of male teachers Journal of Men’s Studies
  • Moosa, S and Bhana, D (2019). Men who teach young children: ‘you can never be too sure what their intentions might be’ Oxford Review of Education
  • Moosa, S & Bhana, D (2019) Masculinity as care: men can teach young children in the early years, Early Years, An International Research Journal. DOI: 10.1080/09575146.2019.1651697
  • Bhana, D and Mayeza, E. (2019). Primary Schoolgirls Addressing Bullying and Negotiating Femininity. Girlhood Studies, 12 (2): 98-114.
  • Bhana, D., Crewe, M & Aggleton, P (2019) Sex and Sexuality Education in South Africa Sex Education 19(4): 361-370. DOI: 10.1080/14681811.2019.1620008
  • Mvune, N., Bhana, D & Mayeza, E. (2019). Umhlalaphansi and inkwari: teenage men’s accounts on becoming fathers, Culture, Health & Sexuality, 21(2): 147-159. DOI: 10.1080/13691058.2018.1459843
  • Carboni, C and Bhana, D (2019). Teenage girls negotiating femininity in the context of sexually explicit materials, Sex Education. DOI: 10.1080/14681811.2019.1577730
  • Bhana, D and Mayeza, E. (2019)Cheese boys’ negotiating and resisting masculinity in the primary school, NORMA: International Journal for Masculinity Studies. DOI:
  • Aggleton, P., Bhana, D., Clarke, D., Crewe, M., Race, K. and E. Yankah. (2018) HIV Education: Reflections on the Past, Priorities for the Future. AIDS Education and Prevention. 30(30): 254-266. DOI:
  • Bhana, D and Pillay, J. (2018) Negotiating femininities on campus: sexuality, gender and risk in an HIV environment” Health Education Journal. DOI:
  • Matswetu, V and Bhana, D (2018) Humhandara and hujaya: Virginity, culture and gender inequalities amongst adolescents in Zimbabwe. SAGE OPEN Special issue on Adolescence, Sexuality and Reproductive Health in Sub-Saharan Africa DOI: 10.1177/2158244018779107
  • Bhana, D (2018). Girls negotiating sexuality and violence in the primary school. British Educational Research Journal. 44(1): 80-93.
  • Moosa, S and Bhana, D. (2018)’They won’t take you as a man, as a real man’ Why men can’t teach young children in Foundation Phase. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 22 (6): 577-593.
  • Carboni, C and Bhana, D (2017). Forbidden Fruit: the politics of researching young people’s use of online sexually-explicit materials in South African schools, Sex Education
  • Bhana, D (2017). Love, Sex and Gender: Missing in African Child and Youth Studies Africa Development, 42(2): 251-264.
  • Mayeza, E and Bhana, D (2017). Addressing gender violence among children in the early years of schooling: Insights from teachers in a South African primary school”, International Studies in Sociology of Education
  • Moosa, S and Bhana, D (2017). Men managing, not teaching Foundation Phase: teachers, masculinity and the early years of primary schooling, Educational Review,  69:3, 366-387,
  • Bhana, D (2017) Love grows with sex: Teenagers negotiating sex and gender in the context of HIV and the implications for sex education African Journal of AIDS Research,
    16(1): 71–79 DOI
  • Bhana, D and Mayeza, E (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.
  • Bhana, D (2016) Students encountering race and negotiating friendships, sexuality and language on campus Africa Education Review .
  • Nkani, V and Bhana, D(2016) Sexual and reproductive well-being of teenage mothers in a South African township school. South African Journal of Education 36(2): 1-10. doi: 10.15700/saje.v36n2a1181
  • Bhana, D (2016) “Sex isn’t better than love” Exploring South African Indian teenage male and female desires beyond danger Childhood, 23(3): 362-377. DOI: 10.1177/0907568216642828
  • Bhana, D. (2016).  Virgins and virtue: African masculinities and femininities in the making of teenage sexual cultures Sexualities 19 (4): 465-481 doi: 10.1177/1363460715613298
  • Bhana, D & Nkani, V. (2016) “What can I do, the child is already here?” Caregivers, gender, poverty and the contradiction of care in supporting teenage mothers at school. South African Review of Sociology, 47 (2)
  • Bhana, D and Buccus, I. (2016) Blue Lagoon: Race, class, space and the making of ‘Indian’ masculinities African Identities
  • Bhana, D & Moosa, S. (2016). Failing to attract males in Foundation Phase teaching: an issue of masculinities Gender and Education, 28(1): 1-19. doi:
  • Singh, T & Bhana, D. (2015). Shifting race and class in student construction of identities at a South African university. African Identities 13(3): 199–210. DOI:
  • Bhana, D. (2015). Gendering the Foundation: teaching sexuality amid sexual danger and gender inequalities, Perspectives in Education 33 (2): 67-80.
  • Bhana, D. (2015). Sex, gender and money in African teenage conceptions of love in HIV contexts. Journal of Youth Studies, 18(1): 1-15. DOI:
  • Bhana, D. (2015). When caring is not enough: the limits of teachers’ support for South African primary school-girls in the context of sexual violence International Journal of Educational Development, 41: 262-270. DOI:
  • Bhana, D. (2014). Ruled by hetero-norms? Raising some moral questions for teachers in South Africa. Journal of Moral Education DOI:
  • Bhana, D & Nkani, V. (2014). When African teenagers become fathers: Culture, materiality and masculinity. Culture Health and Sexuality, 16(4): DOI:
  • Bhana, D. (2014). ‘Managing’ the rights of gays and lesbians: Reflections from some South African secondary schools. Education, Citizenship, Social Justice, 9(1): 67-80. DOI:
  • Bhana, D. (2014). Race matters and the emergence of class: views from selected South African university students. South African Journal of Higher Education, 28(2): 355-367.
  • Bhana, D. (2013). Gender violence in and around schools: time to get to zero. African Safety Promotion, 11(2): 38-47.
  • Bhana, D. (2013). Kiss and tell: Boys, girls and sexualities in the early years, Agenda, 27(3): 57-66. DOI:
  • Bhana, D. (2013). Introducing Love: gender, sexuality and power, Agenda, 27(2): 3-11. DOI:
  • Bhana, D. (2013). Love in Africa: a view from Jennifer Cole. Agenda, 27(2): 99-104. DOI
  • Bhana, D & Anderson, B. (2013). Gender, relationship dynamics and South African girls’ vulnerability to sexual risk, African Journal of AIDS Research, 12(1): 25-31. DOI:
  • Bhana, D. (2013). Continuity and change in students’ account of race and class relations at a South African university Journal of Higher Education in Africa 11(1/2): 1-18.
  • Bhana, D & Anderson, B. (2013). Desire and constraint in the construction of South African teenage women’s sexualities, Sexualities 16(5/6): 548-564. DOI:
  • Makusha, T; Richter, L., Knight, L & Bhana, D. (2013). ‘The good, the bad and the ugly’: Childhood experiences of fathers and their influence on women’s expectations and men’s experiences of fathering in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.Fathering: A Journal of Theory, Research, and Practice about Men as Fathers, 11(2): 138-158. DOI:
  • Bhana, D & Mcambi, S. (2013). When schoolgirls become mothers: Reflections from a selected group of teenage girls in Durban, Perspectives in Education, 31(1): 11-19.
  • Shefer, T, Bhana, D & Morrell, R (2013). Narratives on teenage pregnancy and parenting at school in contemporary South African contexts Perspectives in Education, 31(1): 1-9.
  • Bhana, D. (2013). Parental views of morality, sexuality and the implication for South African moral education, Journal of Moral Education, 42(1):114-128. DOI
  • Bhana, D & Pillay, V. (2012). How women in higher education negotiate work and home: a study of selected women at a university in South Africa. Journal of Higher Education in Africa, 10(2): 81-94.
  • Makusha, T., Richter, L. & Bhana, D. (2012). Children’s experiences of support they receive from men in rural KwaZulu-Natal. Africa Development, 7(3):127-152.
  • Bhana, D. (2012). Understanding and addressing homophobia in schools: views from teachers. South African Journal of Education, 32:307-318.
  • Bhana, D & Jewnarain, D. (2012). Gender and Sexuality in young childrens’ perspectives of AIDS, Africa Education Review, 9(1): 47-62. DOI:
  • de Lange, N., Mitchell., C & Bhana, D. (2012). Voices of women teachers about gender inequalities and gender-based violence in rural South Africa, Gender and Education, 24(5): 499-514. .DOI:
  • Bhana, D. (2012). Girls are not free in and out of South African, Schools, International Journal of Educational Development, 32: 352–358. DOI:
  • Bhana D & Pattman, R. (2011). Girls want money boys want Virgins, The materiality of love amongst South African township youth in the context of HIV and AIDS, Culture, Health and Sexuality. 13 (8): 961-972DOI:
  • Bhana, D & Pillay, N. (2011). Beyond passivity: Girls’ violence in a single sex school, Educational Review, 63(1): 65-78. DOI
  • Bhana, D., Nzimakwe, T & Nzimakwe, P. (2011). Gender in the early years: Boys and girls in an African working class primary school, International Journal of Educational Development, 31(5): 443-448. DOI:
  • Pattman, R & Bhana, D. (2010). Sport, girls, trouble and humour: black and Indian boys negotiating gender, race and class in a formerly white single sex school in South Africa, Journal of Psychology in Africa, 20(4): 547-556. DOI:
  • Nkani, V & Bhana, D. (2010). No to bulging stomachs: Male principals on teenage pregnancy in Inanda Durban, Agenda,83: 107-113. DOI:
  • Bhana, D., Morrell, R., Shefer,T & Ngabaza, S. (2010). South African teachers’ responses to teenage pregnancy and teenage mothers in schools, Culture, Health & Sexuality, 12(8): 871-883. DOI:
  • Bhana, D & Mthethwa-Sommers, S. (2010). Feminisms today: Still fighting, Agenda, 83: 2-7. DOI:
  • Bhana, D. (2010). “Here in the Rural Areas we don’t say that men and women are equal!” Contesting gender inequalities in the early years, Agenda, 84: 9-18. DOI:
  • Bhana, D & Pattman, R. (2010). White South African school girls and their accounts of black girls at school and cross racial heterosexual relations outside school, Ethnicities, 10(3): 371-386. DOI:
  • Bhana, D. (2010). Deevia Bhana interviews Mbuyiselo Botha, Agenda, 83: 8-12. DOI:
  • Bhana, D. (2009). Violence – a gendered perspective in education, Agenda, 82: 2-6. DOI:
  • Bhana, D. (2009). “AIDS is rape” Gender and Sexuality in children’s responses to HIV/AIDS, Social Science and Medicine, 69(4): 596-603. DOI:
  • Bhana, D. (2009). “Boys will be boys?” what do early childhood teachers have to do with it?, Educational Review, 61(3): 327-339. DOI:
  • Bhana, D. (2009). How much do young children know about HIV and AIDS, Early Child Development and Care, 180(8): 1079-1092. DOI:
  • Bhana, D. (2009). ‘They’ve got all the knowledge’: HIV education, gender and sexuality in South African primary schools, British Journal of Sociology of Education, 30(2): 165-177. DOI:
  • Bhana, D & Pattman, R. (2009). Researching South African youth, gender and sexuality within the context of HIV/AIDS, Development, 52(1): 68-74. DOI:
  • Bhana, D., de Lange, N. & Mitchell, C. (2009). Male teachers talk about gender violence: “Zulu men demand respect”, Educational Review, 61(1): 49-62. DOI:
  • Bhana, D. (2008). Sex and the right to HIV/AIDS Education in Early Childhood, Journal of Psychology in Africa, 18(3): 277-282. DOI:
  • Bhana, D., Clowes, L., Morrell, R and Shefer, T. (2008). South African schools’ responses to pregnant girls and young parents: a study of some Durban and Cape Town secondary schools, Agenda76: 78-87. DOI:
  • Bhana, D. (2008). Beyond Stigma? Young children’s responses to HIV and AIDS, Culture, Health and Sexuality, 10(7): 725-738. DOI:
  • Bhana, D. (2008). Girls hit!’ Constructing and negotiating violent African femininities in a working class primary school, Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 29(3): 401-415. DOI:
  • Bhana, D. (2008). Discourses of childhood innocence in primary school HIV/AIDS education in South Africa, African Journal of AIDS research, 7(1): 149-158. DOI:
  • Bhana, D. (2008). “Six packs and big muscles, and stuff like that.” Primary-aged South African boys, black and white, on Sport. British Journal of Sociology of Education 29(1): 3-15. DOI
  • Bhana, D. (2007). What matters to girls and boys in South Africa, Democracy and Education Special Issue of Savage Inequalities: STILL [reprinted], 17(1): 33-42.
  • Bhana, D. (2007). “Emma and Dave sitting on a tree, K I S S I N G” Boys, girls and the ‘heterosexual matrix’ in a South African primary school, International Journal of Equity and Innovation in Early Childhood Special Issue: Queering Childhood, 5(2): 83-96.
  • Bhana, D. (2007). “The price of Innocence: Teachers, gender, childhood sexuality and HIV/AIDS in early schooling”, International Journal of Inclusive Education, 11(4): 431-444. DOI:
  • Bhana, D. (2007). “Childhood Sexualities and Rights in HIV contexts”, Culture, Health and Sexuality, 9(3): 309-324. DOI:
  • Bhana, D., Morrell, R., Hearn, J & Moletsane, R. (2007). Power and Identity:An Introduction to Sexualities in Southern Africa, Sexualities, 10(2): 131-139. DOI:
  • Bhana, D & Epstein, D. (2007). “I don’t want to catch it” Boys, girls and sexualities in an HIV environment, Gender and Education, 19(1): 109-125. DOI:
  • Bhana, D. (2006). “Rights: Researching Children in Contemporary South AfricaInternational Journal of Equity and Innovation in Early Childhood, 4(1): 5-31.…12…/IJEIEC_Vol5-2_Binder3.pdf
  • Pattman, R & Bhana, D. (2006). Black boys with bad reputations, Alternations, 13(2): 252-272.
  • Bhana, D (2006). “The (im)possibility of Child Sexual Rights in Young South African Children’s account of HIV/AIDS”, IDS Bulletin, 37(4): 64-68. DOI:
  • Bhana, D. Morrell, R., Epstein, D., & Moletsane, R. (2006). “The hidden work of caring: Teachers and the maturing AIDS epidemic in diverse secondary schools in Durban”, Journal of Education, 38: 1-23.
  • Bhana, D. (2005). “What matters to teachers, boys and girls in a black primary school in South Africa, Early Childhood Development and Care, 172(2): 99-112. DOI:
  • Bhana, D. (2005). “I’m the best in Maths. Boys rule, Girls drool.” Masculinities mathematics and primary schooling, Perspectives in Education, 23(3): 1-10.
  • Bhana, D. (2005). Social Justice Is a Verb!, Pedagogy Culture and Society, 3(3): 427-432. DOI:
  • Bhana, D. (2003). Children are Children Gender Doesn’t matter, Agenda, 56: 37-45. DOI:
  • Bhana, D. (1999). Education, Race and Human Rights in South Africa, Perspectives in Education, 18(2): 19-30.


  1. Vimbai Sharon Matswetu Gender, power and resistance: A case study of two rural secondary schools in Zimbabwe.
  2. Mornica Nozipho Mvune Teenage fathers: Fatherhood, masculinity and schooling in rural KwaZulu-Natal
  3. Patsy Jewnarain Beyond schooling: primary school girls’ narratives and experiences of gender and sexual violence.
  4. Tasmeera Singh Investigating constructions of student identities and its impact on social cohesion at a South African university.
  5. Shaaista Moosa (207505985) Male teachers in the early years. 
  1. Valerie Reddy Learners’ construction of transgender at a high school in Shakaskraal, KwaZulu-Natal: A Qualitative Study. Cum Laude (Dr Moosa co-supervisor)
  2. Laaiqah Syed (9405785) Primary school and the construction of transgender identities: Views from learners. (Dr Mulqueeny co-supervisor)
  3. Nicolette Carboni “Learning Sex”: How High School Students Engage with Online Pornography and Give Meaning to Gender and Sexualities Summa Cum Laude
  4. Senzelokuhle Mpumelelo Nkabini “Making masculinity”: A case study of rural primary school boys’ meanings- towards same-sex sexuality.
  5. Maggie Kgang Violent boys: Masculinities among Primary School Boys in Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal