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Social Anthropology: Research


Goitse Manthata

Goitse Manthata 

Goitseone Manthata is currently registered for a Masters degree in Demography and population studies at the University of the Witwatersrand. She is also working with the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (WRHI) as a research assistant on the sex workers project, a part of community programmes. Before pursuing Demography, she was in the field of International Relations; she holds an undergraduate and honours degree in the respective field. Feeling she needed to add on more practical skills to her knowledge she then pursued an honours degree in Demography, which she obtained in 2011. Before her academic career Goitseone was working in the corporate filed at Nedbank. She was also a part of the Nedbank, women’s forum where her duties were to up skill women in the organisation as well as to expose them to the different arms of the organisation, for development.Goitseone’s interests are within International relations, Demography, Public Health and Gender issues.


Goitseone Manthata

This study intends to examine the association between mobility gender and risky sexual behaviour in Lesotho. While studies have identified a number of factors influencing risky sexual behaviour outcomes the role of mobility and gender are neglected. Using  the 2009 Lesotho Demographic and Health Survey, a bivariate model, a multivariate model, correlation matrix, covariance matrix and the logistic regression model the study aims to establish the relationship between mobility, sex and risky sexual behaviour amongst young adults aged (20-30) from Lesotho. The study will generate the models using Stata 11. The objectives of the study are to examine whether the movement of young adults from one social group to another makes them more prone to risky sexual behaviour. To assess whether there is a variation in risky sexual behaviour among mobile females and males and to explore the underlying social and behavioural mechanisms leading to risky sexual behaviour among young adults from Lesotho. The limitations of the study are firstly the inability to directly identify mobility, secondly the conservatism surrounding sexual behaviour may distort the outcomes in the survey and thirdly the shortcoming of a cross-sectional study is that the sequence of events are not distinguished. The research questions which the study will address are, Is there a relationship between risky sexual behaviour and mobility? Is there a difference in risky sexual behaviour among female and male mobile young adults? What are the social and behavioural mechanisms leading to risky sexual behaviour among mobile young adults? Do young mobile populations have access to public health facilities? This research topic intends to add onto existing research pertaining to mobility and risky sexual behaviour, particularly focusing on sex patterns among young adults. Literature indicates that there is a relationship between risky sexual behaviour and mobility, as indicated by Mberu and White, 2011, migrants generally show stronger association than non-migrants, and urban-rural and rural-urban and rural-rural migrants with risky sexual behaviour (Mberu and White, 2006). Other covariates are age, religion, ethnic origin, educational attainment, independent living arrangement, formal employment and exposure to mass media (Mberu and White, 2006). Though this association has been established, the social and behavioural mechanisms underlying this relationship remain poorly understood.


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