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Educational Research for Social Change

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POTOKRI, Onoriode Collins; NOAH, Adewale Olumuyiwa K.  e  PERUMAL, Juliet. Perceptions of immigrant Nigerian women in South African Higher Education about social change. Educ. res. soc. change [online]. 2018, vol.7, n.2, pp.57-73. ISSN 2221-4070.  http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/2221-4070/2018/v7i2a4.

The focus of this article is immigrant women's perceptions of social change, and how they respond to it. In the article, social change refers to the fact that more people than ever before are engaged in different activities that lead to alterations in the norms and behavioural patterns of people as individuals or as a group in society. The study analysed social change via the perceptions of individuals-immigrant Nigerian women in South African higher education. In line with phenomenological research with which this article is aligned, an intrinsic qualitative case study approach-interviews-was employed to gather data. The cases involved four Nigerian women who are currently residing in South Africa and studying at higher education institutions in the country. Snowball sampling was used to select participants. Social change, as revealed in this article, is a lens that can be used to better understand individuals as a society or people. Furthermore, and in terms of materialist social theory that was utilised, this article reveals that social change relates to economic relationships between self (individuals or group) and society where survival of people is linked to surplus economic goods and the acquisition of tangible and intangible wants in order to deal with the fear of an unknown future. The article concludes that the understanding of self as a fallout of social change is a means of understanding others and vice versa, which can help people-especially locals or indigenes-conquer their fear of foreigners or immigrants.

Palavras-chave : social change; migrants; Africa; qualitative study; women; conflict; higher education.

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