Discipline of Psychology

Kevin Durrheim

Kevin Durrheim

School of Psychology

University of KwaZulu-Natal

Private Bag X01

Scottsville, 3201

South Africa



Research Interests

Stereotyping, stigma, segregation, Social transformation in South Africa.

Select Publications

Dixon, J., Durrheim, K., Tredoux, C., Tropp, L., Clack, B., Eaton, L., & Quayle, M. (2010). Challenging the stubborn core of opposition to equality: Racial contact and policy attitudes. Political Psychology, 31, 831-855.DixonDurrheimTredoux et al 2010

Durrheim, K., & Dixon, J. (2010). Racial Contact and Change in South Africa. Journal of Social Issues, 66, 273-288.DurrheimDixon2010 JSI

Dixon, J. Durrheim, K., Tredoux, C., Tropp, L. R., Clack, B., & Eaton, E. (2010). A Paradox of Integration? Interracial Contact, Prejudice Reduction, and Perceptions of Racial Discrimination. Journal of Social Issues, 66, 403-418.DixonDurrheim etal 2010 JSI

Dixon, J. Tropp, L. R., Durrheim, K. & Tredoux, C. (2010). “Let Them Eat Harmony”: Prejudice-Reduction Strategies and Attitudes of Historically Disadvantaged Groups. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 19, 76-80. Dixonetl2010 CDPS

Koen, J., & Durrheim, K. (2010). A naturalistic observational study of informal segregation: Seating patterns in lectures. Environment & Behavior, 42, 448-468. KoenDurrheim2010

Durrheim, K., Hook, D., & Riggs, D. (2009). Race and Racism. In D. Fox., I. Prilleltensky & S. Austin (Eds), Critical Psychology: An Introduction (2nd Edn.) Thousand, Oaks, CA: Sage.

Durrheim, K., Dixon, J., Tredoux, C., Eaton, L., Quayle, M., & Clack, B. (2009). Predicting support for racial transformation policies: Intergroup threat, racial prejudice sense of group entitlement and strength of identification. European Journal of Social Psychology, DOI: 10.1002/ejsp.723Durrheim et al 2009

Gentz, S., & Durrheim, K. (2009). Psychological expertise and governmentality in democratic South Africa: a tracer study of masters graduates from UKZN. Psychology in Society, 37,18-38.Gentz & Durrheim2009

Brown, L., & Durrheim, K. (2009). Different kinds of knowing: Generating qualitative Data through mobile inter-activity. Qualitative Inquiry, 15, 911-930.BrownDurrheim2009

Quayle, M. F., & Durrheim, K. (2008). Producing expertise and achieving attribution in the context of computer support. British Journal of Social Psychology, 47, 727-662.QuayleDurrheim2008

Dixon, J., Tredoux, C., Durrheim, K., Finchilescu, G., & Clack, B (2008). ‘The Inner Citadels of the Color Line’: Mapping the Micro-Ecology of Racial Segregation in Everyday Life Spaces. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 2, pp. 1547–1569.Dixonetal2008

Von Maltzhahn, R., & Durrheim, K. (2008). Is poverty multidimensional? A comparison of income and asset based measures in five Southern African countries. Social Indicators Research, 86, 149-162. vonMaltzhahnDurrheim2008

Dixon, J., Durrheim, K., & Tredoux, C. (2007). Intergroup contact and attitudes towards the principle and practice of racial equality. Psychological Science, 18, 867-872.DixonDurrheimTredoux2007

Durrheim, K., Boettiger, M., Essack, Z., Maarschalk, S., & Ranchod, C. (2007). The colour of success: A qualitative study of affirmative action attitudes of black academics. Transformation, 64, 112-139..Durrheim Essack et al 2007

Martin, G., & Durrheim, K. (2006). Racial recruitment in post-apartheid South Africa: Dilemmas of private recruitment agencies. Psychology in Society, 33, pp. 1-15.Martin & Durrheim

Durrheim, K., & Dixon, J. (2005). Studying talk and embodied practices: Toward a psychology of materiality of ‘race relations’. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 15, 446-460.DurrheimDixon2005

Durrheim, K., & Dixon, J. (2006). Everyday explanation of diversity and difference: The role of lay ontologizing. In G. Ellison & A. Goodman. Diversity difference and deviance. London: Taylor and Francis.  DurrheimDixon2006 Lay ontologizing

Durrheim, K., & Mtose, X. (2006). Being-black-in-the-new-South-Africa. In G. Stevens, V. Franshi, & T. Swart. A race against time: Psychology and the challenges of deracialization in South Africa. Pretoria: University of South Africa Press.DurrheimMtose2006

Durrheim, K. (2005). Socio-spatial practice and racial representation in a changing South Africa. South African Journal of Psychology. 35, 444-459.Durrheim2005

Durrheim, K. (2005). Contemporary racism: A critical review of social psychological approaches. Psychology in Society, 31, 1-8.

Durrheim, K., Quayle, M., Whitehead, K., & Kriel, A. (2005). Denial of racism: Strategies used by the South African Media. Critical Arts, 19, 1-22.DurrheimQuayleWhiteheadKriel2005

Dixon, J., & Durrheim, K. (2005). Beyond polemic: Reflecting on reflexive racism. Psychology in Society, 31, 85-91.

Dixon, J., Durrheim, K., & Tredoux, C. (2005). Beyond the optimal strategy: A reality check for the contact hypothesis. American Psychologist, 60, 697-711.dixonDurrheimTredoux2005

Dixon, J., & Durrheim, K. (2004). Dislocating identity: Desegregation and the transformation of place. Journal of Environmental Psychology. 24, 455-473.DixonDurrheim2004

Durrheim, K. & Dixon, J (2004) Attitudes and the fibre of everyday life: The discourse of racial evaluation and the lived experience of desegregation. American Psychologist, 59, 626-636.DurrheimDixon2004

Durrheim, K. (2003). White opposition to racial transformation. Is it racism? South African Journal of Psychology, 33, 241-249Durrheim2003 SAJP33

Dixon, J., & Durrheim (2003). Contact and the ecology of racial division: Some varieties of informal segregation. British Journal of Social Psychology, 42, 1-23DixonDurrheim2003

Barnes, B., Palmary, I., & Durrheim. K. (2001). The denial of racism: The role of humour, personal experience and self censorship. Journal of Language and Social Psychology. 20, 321-338.BarnesPalmaryDurrheim2001

Durrheim, K. (2001). A defence of an ‘immanentist’ account of social form and experience. South African Journal of Psychology. 31, 9-11Durrheim2001 SAJP31

Durrheim K., & Dixon, J. (2001). Geographies of racial exclusion: Beaches as family spaces. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 24, 333-350.DurrheimDixon2001

Durrheim, K., & Dixon, J. (2000). Theories of culture in racist discourse. Race and Society, 3, 93-109.DurrheimDixon2000

Dixon, J., & Durrheim, K. (2000). Displacing place-identity: A discursive approach to locating self and other. British Journal of Social Psychology, 39, 27-44.DixonDurrheim2000

Durrheim, K., & Foster, D. (1999). Technologies of social control. Crowd management in liberal democracy, Economy and Society, 28, 56 – 74.DurrheimFoster1991 Economy and Society

Durrheim, K. (1998). The relationship between tolerance of ambiguity and attitudinal conservatism. European Journal of Social Psychology, 28, 731-753.

Durrheim, K. (1997). Social constructionism, discourse and psychology. South African Journal of Psychology, 27, 465-475

Durrheim, K. (1997). Cognition and ideology: A rhetorical approach to critical theory. Theory and Psychology, 7, 749-770.

Durrheim, K. (1997). Theoretical conundrum: The politics and science of the authoritarian personality. Political Psychology, 18, 625-627.

Durrheim, K. (1997). Whose humdrum? A reply to Meloen. Political Psychology, 18, 657-663.

Durrheim, K., & Foster, D. (1997). Tolerance of ambiguity as a content specific construct. Personality and Individual Differences, 22, 741-750.

Durrheim, K., & Mokeki, S. (1997). Race and relevance: a content analysis of the South African Journal of Psychology. South African Journal of Psychology, 27, 206-213.

Durrheim, K., & Foster, D. (1995). The structure of sociopolitical attitudes in South Africa. Journal of Social Psychology, 135, 387-402.

Dixon, J., Foster, D., Durrheim, K., & Wilbraham, L. (1994). Discourse and the politics of space in South Africa: the ‘squatter crisis’. Discourse and Society, 5, 277-296.



Durrheim, K., Mtose, X., & Brown, L. (2011). Race trouble: Race, identity and inequality in post-apartheid South Africa. University of KwaZulu-Natal Press/ Lexington Press.

Terre Blanche, M., Durrheim, K., & Painter, D. (Eds.). (2006). Research in practice: Applied methods for the social sciences (2 nd edn). Cape Town: UCT Press.

Durrheim, K & Dixon, J. (2005). Racial encounter: The social psychology of contact and desegregation. Hove: Routledge.

Tredoux, C., & Durrheim, K. (Eds). (2002). Numbers, hypotheses and conclusions: A course in statistics for the social sciences. Juta: Cape Town.

Terre Blanche, M. & Durrheim K. (Eds.). (1999). Research in practice: Applied methods for the social sciences. Cape Town: UCT Press.


Research Masters in Psychology
Qualitative research methods (Masters)
Psychology of race and transformation (2nd year)
Social Psychology (Honours)
Research Methods (Honours)
Research Methods (2nd year)