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Document Type Doctoral Thesis
Author August, Keith
Email Augustk@melsetter.co.za
URN etd-07302010-134237
Document Title HIV/AIDS, migrant labour and the experience of God : a practical theological postfoundationalist approach
Degree PhD
Department Practical Theology
Advisor Name Title
Prof J Muller Supervisor
  • voluntary counselling and testing
  • tuberculosis
  • stigma and discrimination
  • migrant workers
  • practical theology
  • social constructionism
  • postfoundationalism
  • MDR
  • narratives
  • multiple drug resistant TB
Date 2010-04-22
Availability unrestricted
Migrant workers in the Deciduous Fruit Industry are part of the marginalised communities in South Africa. They are often voiceless in the communities they find themselves. They are historically displaced, often prone to xenophobia and very vulnerable in terms of HIV. Not only do they have a high infection rate but they also struggle in isolation to carry the burden of HIV and AIDS affection or infection. They will face double jeopardy when a partner becomes ill, in the homeland and they have to continue with employment.

The main aim of this research was to reach a holistic understanding through interdisciplinary investigation. The important question that I aim to answer is; “What is the experience of God in the lives of persons affected or infected by HIV and AIDS.” I have looked at Postfoundationalism and the Seven Movements as proposed by Muller to present the research undertaken among migrant workers with HIV and AIDS. The Practical Theology, which I explore, develops out of a very specific praxis, HIV and AIDS. I have also made used of Transversal Rationality as a practical way of doing interdisciplinary work with the stories of my co-researchers affected with HIV AIDS as a case study.

I understand that Christian belief has its own integrity, which is exclusive, but if valid, is vital to be able to incorporate the different dimensions of our modern practise to give it the maximum level of meaning and significance. I hope to demonstrate this possibility through my thesis.

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August, KA 2009, HIV/AIDS, migrant labour and the experience of God : a practical theological postfoundationalist approach, PhD thesis, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-07302010-134237/ >


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