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Navigating ethnicity in Peru

posted Jan 5, 2016, 12:28 AM by Annemiek Richters   [ updated Jan 29, 2016, 12:27 PM ]

Recently published

Maria-Elena Planas, Barend Middelkoop, Viviana Cruzado & Annemiek Richters (2016) Navigating ethnicity in Peru: a framework for measuring multiple self-identification among indigenous Quechua women, Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies, 11:1, 70-92.

The 'treatment gap' in global mental health reconsidered: Sociotherapy for collective trauma in Rwanda

posted Jan 5, 2016, 12:27 AM by Annemiek Richters   [ updated Jan 5, 2016, 12:27 AM ]

Recently published

Stefan Jansen, Ross White, Jemma Hogwood, Angela Jansen, Darius Gishoma, Donatelli Mukamana & Annemiek Richters (2015) “The 'treatment gap' in global mental health reconsidered: Sociotherapy for collective trauma in Rwanda”, European Journal of Psychotraumatology. Published on line 19 November 2015.



Enhancing family and community resilience and wellbeing across the generations

posted Jan 5, 2016, 12:21 AM by Annemiek Richters   [ updated Jan 5, 2016, 12:30 AM ]

Recently published

Annemiek Richters (2015) “Enhancing family and community resilience and wellbeing across the generations: The contribution of community-based sociotherapy in post-genocide Rwanda”, International Journalof Emergency Mental Health and Human Resilience 17(3): 661-663.

Young boys behind bars: An ethnographic study of violence and care in South Africa

posted Mar 11, 2015, 1:10 PM by Annemiek Richters   [ updated Mar 19, 2015, 12:40 PM ]

Thesis defense by Heidi Sauls, 19 March 2015, Agnietenkapel, University of Amsterdam

Promotores Prof.dr. J.M. Richters and Prof.dr. R. Reis
Co-promotor: Prof.dr. S. Pendlebury

Young boys behind bars: An ethnographic study of violence and care in South Africa

This PhD thesis is the result of an ethnographic study that delves into the world of boys, younger than 16 years old and awaiting trial behind bars in a secure care facility. These young boys have committed crimes ranging from theft to rape in South Africa. In this thesis, the reader is introduced to some of these boys. We get to know who these boys are, where they come from, why they were institutionalised and what they endured in their daily lives outside the institution.

The core of this thesis describes the social composition of a secure care facility and the daily activities and interactions that take place within its walls. We follow the boys in the trajectories they took inside and outside the criminal justice system and obtain glimpses of their families, communities and staff with whom they come into contact.

How are socio-cultural and legal-political perceptions of violent children reflected in the infrastructural arrangements and regulations of secure care facilities in South Africa ? In these facilities, how are the lives of these boys enacted on a daily basis ? And how do institutionalised boys perceive themselves inside and outside the institution ? These were the three main research questions that steered this study.

Soldiers in exile: The military habitus and identities of former Zimbabwean soldiers in South Africa

posted Mar 11, 2015, 12:58 PM by Annemiek Richters   [ updated Aug 4, 2015, 2:15 AM ]

Graduation Godfrey Maringira as Doctor Philosophiae, 18 March 2015
Department of Anthropology and Sociology, University of the Western Cape, Capetown, South Africa
Supervisor: Prof D M Gibson
Co-supervisors: Prof J M Richters and Dr L Nunez

Soldiers in exile: The military habitus and identities of former Zimbabwean soldiers in South Africa

This study focuses on former soldiers of the Zimbabwe National Army: most deserted from the army because of declining professionalism, increased politicisation and promotion becoming dependent on loyalty to ZANU-PF rather than the Zimbabwean nation state. As exiles in South Africa they form a community of shared experience: of military service, having fought in wars in Mozambique and DRC and running the risk of detention of torture if they return to Zimbabwe. While many studies on former soldiers argue that military identities are fluid and that combatants can be demobilized and become civilians, Maringira’s thesis shows, contrastingly, that these deserters effectively remain soldiers. They cling to their military identities and military being as social and economic resource in their post-combat life. Because they are not South African citizens they lack security and status and are separated from their families. The thesis was recommended for publication and opens up new areas of research on ex-combatants.

Healing and change in the city of gold: Case studies of coping and support in Johannesburg

posted Oct 23, 2014, 3:45 AM by Annemiek Richters   [ updated Jan 29, 2016, 12:28 PM ]

Recently published

Godfrey Maringira, Annemiek Richters, Lorena Núňez (2015) "Between Remorse and Nostalgia: Haunting Memories of War and the Search for Healing Among Former Zimbabwean Soldiers in Exile in South Africa", in Ingrid Palmary, Brandon Hamber, Lorena Núñez (eds) Healing and change in the city of gold: Case studies of coping and support in Johannesburg, pp. 79-100. Springer Verlag.

Dostin Lakika, Peter Kankonde, Annemiek Richters (2015) "Violence, Suffering and Support: Congolese Forced Migrants’ Experiences of Psychosocial Services in Johannesburg", in Ingrid Palmary, Brandon Hamber, Lorena Núñez (eds) Healing and change in the city of gold: Case studies of coping and support in Johannesburg, pp. 101-119. Springer Verlag.

Everyday partner violence in Rwanda

posted Oct 13, 2014, 12:12 PM by Annemiek Richters   [ updated Jan 29, 2016, 12:28 PM ]

Recently published

Annemiek Richters and Emmanuel Sarabwe (2014) “Everyday partner violence in Rwanda: The contribution of community-based sociotherapy to peaceful family life”, African Safety Promotion Journal: A Journal of Injury and Violence Prevention 2(1):18-34. 

Master of Medical Anthropology - Gulu University, Uganda

posted Sep 26, 2014, 11:12 AM by Annemiek Richters   [ updated Sep 26, 2014, 11:15 AM ]

Start June 2014 
Master Medical Anthropology Program
Gulu University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Mental Health

I will be teaching the course 
Medicine, human rights and culture:
The anthropology of violence and health   
6-17 October 2014

7th Pan Africa PCAF Psycho‐trauma Conference

posted Aug 15, 2014, 4:02 AM by Annemiek Richters   [ updated Aug 15, 2014, 4:03 AM ]

Staff members of the community-based sociotherapy program in Rwanda presented on the program at the 7th Pan Africa PCAF Psycho‐trauma Conference on Trauma and Community Mental Health, 21st ‐23rd July 2014, Mbarara, Uganda. See Alderman Conference

Rwanda’s Mediation of Memorialization Through Community-Based Sociotherapy

posted Jul 8, 2014, 7:15 AM by Annemiek Richters   [ updated Aug 15, 2014, 4:04 AM ]

Rwanda’s Mediation of Memorialization Through Community-Based Sociotherapy

Article published July 8 2014 on E-International Relations -

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Authors: Annemiek Richters, Grace Kagoyire, Theophile Sewimfura and Angela Jansen

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