Studying 'deinstitutionalisation' outcomes in Cape Town: how it all happened

Juliane Petersen

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In line with her academic background in the field of international relations and political science, the author studied the international 'deinstitutionalisation' movement as an example of a global norm change. In her recently finalised PhD study, she assessed in how far this norm change has actually reached the ground in the particular case of Cape Town's children's home sector and how local practitioners perceive and evaluate this change from their perspective. This article tells the story of how the motivation for her research developed in the context of her previous studies and work in Cape Town and how she went about conducting her study.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages13
JournalScottish Journal of Residential Child Care
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jun 2019


  • deinstitutionalisation
  • practitioner perspective
  • norm diffusion
  • South Africa


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