Patricia’s research project examines three overlapping and interconnected issues in the minibus taxi industry in South Africa: conflict, armed violence, and gender relations. Women struggle to operate within this industry which is steeped in and constituted by violent patriarchy. It investigates the multidimensional forms of ‘everyday violence’ that women face in their attempts to navigate the minibus taxi industry: structural, systemic, symbolic, verbal, cultural, organisational, and normative. Conceptually and theoretically, the research draws on decolonial thought to enable a diagnosis of systemic and institutional violence, notably patriarchy.
Before beginning her doctoral research at the University of Bayreuth, Patricia was a lecturer at the University of South Africa in the Department of Sociology.