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David Du Toit

Associate Professor
Name: David Du Toit
Location: C Ring 632A Auckland Park Kingsway Campus
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Tel: 011 559 2882


About Prof David Du Toit


David du Toit is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Johannesburg. He is currently teaching third-year Social Science Research Methodology, and SPSS for Honours and the Advanced Social Research course for MA students. His research mainly focuses on outsourcing and domestic work. David is also on the editorial board of The Sociological Review and on the executive board of Clinical Sociology RC46.


Ph.D., University of Stellenbosch

MA Sociology, University of Stellenbosch

BA Hons in Sociology, cum laude, University of Stellenbosch

BA (Sociology and Psychology) cum laude, University of Stellenbosch ​

Research Interests

  • Sociology of Work
  • Domestic work
  • Emotional labour
  • Outsourcing
  • Family Sociology

Research Publications

Du Toit, D. 2023. Resilience and Resistance Among Migrant Male Domestic Workers in South Africa. The Thinker: A Pan-African Journal, 96(3): 74-86.

Du Toit, D. 2023. Do Different Types of Households Use Outsourced Domestic Cleaning Services for Different Reasons? An Explorative Study in South Africa. Sociological Research Online, 28(3): 681-697.

Du Toit, D. 2023. Paid Domestic Work and Outsourcing in South Africa: Clients’ Views on Trust, Control and Power Relations. Current Sociology, 71(6): 1063-1081.

Sibiya, W., and Du Toit, D. 2022. Sweeping up decent work: Paid domestic work and digital platforms in South Africa. Gender and Development. Special Issue in Gender & Development, Women, Work and the Digital Economy, 30(3):637-654. sweeping up decent work_The gig economy and domestic work

Du Toit, D., and Koorsen, G. 2022. How useful is post-graduate education in Biochemistry for entry into the South African labour market. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, 50(4):354-359. 

Du Toit, D., and Whaley, B. 2021. Another bloody clean up: The experiences of trauma cleaners in South Africa. The Thinker: A Pan-African Journal, 89(4):95-103.Another bloody clean up_The experiences of trauma cleaners in South Africa.pdf

Du Toit, D., and Heinecken, L. 2021. Is outsourcing better? Clients’ views on contracting in domestic cleaning services. Employee Relations, 43(5): 1147-1162. Available: Du Toit D and Heinecken L. 2021. Employee Relations. Vol 43, Iss 5.pdf

Du Toit, D. 2020. Outsourcing has not improved conditions for domestic workers in South Africa. The Conversation.

Du Toit, D. 2016. Working in fear? Managers’ and petrol attendants’ experiences of public-initiated violence at selected petrol stations in Johannesburg. Acta Criminologica, 29(1): 143-155. D Du Toit 2016.pdf

Du Toit, D. 2016. We cannot discriminate against someone without an eye or a leg … but I do look at obesity’: statistical discrimination and employers’ recruitment strategies of housecleaning service companies in Johannesburg. South African Journal of Labour Relations, 40(1): 25-41. 2016 Du Toit – SAJLR 40(1) 2016.pdf

Du Toit, D. 2015. Working as a security guard on the Potchefstroom campus: Issues, challenges and coping strategies. South African Review of Sociology, 45(2): 97-114. 2015 Security guards SARS.pdf

Du Toit, D. 2013. ‘From “Cinderella Cleaners” to “Maids from Heaven”: Clients’ and domestic workers’ perceptions of housecleaning services in Stellenbosch’. South African Journal of Labour Relations,37(1): 97-114. 2013 From_Cinderella_Cleaners_to Maids_from_Heaven.pdf

Du Toit, D. 2012. ‘Beyond the smile and wave of petrol attendants: A case study on male petrol attendants’ use of emotional labour’. South African Review of Sociology, 43(3): 129-145. 2012 Beyond_the_Smile_and_Wave_of_Petrol_Attendants_pdf.pdf

Book Review

Du Toit, D. 2014. Offshoring by J. Urry (Book review). South African Review of Sociology, 45(3):127-130.