Dr Dominique Santos' doctoral thesis used popular music as a lens to map the dynamics of social change in South Africa over several generations. Music was used as a device to track biographies and stories that explored the dynamic contours of race in 'mixed' communities, including domestic music making in a Scots-Mauritian family in the early apartheid years in Durban, the jazz scene of 1970’s and 1980’s in ‘grey’ areas of Johannesburg and kwaito sub-cultures in the western areas of Johannesburg in the 1990’s and early 2000’s. Music was shown to frame moments of solidarity that cut across racial identifications, while equally being a powerful marker of distinction and difference that re-inscribed these identifications.
She has worked extensively with Widening Participation at Goldsmiths to facilitate engagement with anthropology amongst young people in South East London between the ages of 10 – 18. Her current research interests are in play and children's access to the city, focusing on the development of Adventure Playgrounds in Johannesburg, South Africa and urban renewal in central London.
All Mixed Up:Music and Inter-Generational Experiences of Social Change in South Africa
Santos, Dominique. 2013. All Mixed Up:Music and Inter-Generational Experiences of Social Change in South Africa. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London