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      Governing policies and factors affecting the labor market integration of female accompanying spouses

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          Abstract

          Introduction

          This study sought to ascertain the macro governing policies and factors that influence the integration of female accompanying spouses in the Free State, into the South African labor market.

          Methods

          Utilizing a qualitative approach, thirteen one-on-one interviews, consisting of an initial purposive sample and a subsequent snowball sample, were conducted for data gathering. The study employed thematic analysis to interpret the data.

          Results

          The findings revealed that governing policies emerging from South Africa's migration legislation, and factors such as spouse dependence, reinforcement of traditional gender roles, and restrictive employment legislation which forced deskilling of qualifications, mainly impacted the conduct of accompanying spouses concerning the labor market.

          Discussion

          This study contributes to the literature on labor market integration (LMI) from an underexplored South-to-South standpoint by delving into the experiences of skilled female migrants in the family migration setting. A neglected facet of Michel Foucault's governmentality theory was used to investigate the labor market assimilation needs of female accompanying spouses. The study's qualitative approach renders the findings much less generalizable than a quantitative inquiry. It is important to note that LMI research is considerably setting-specific, despite some aspects of this study being applicable to other settings in the Global South. South Africa continues to be a pivotal regional hub for migration in the Global South, yet it has a complex migration governance framework that sets up a specific, while broadly exclusionary, macro context for accompanying spouses. This study zones in on issues that could inform more effective family migration policy.

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              Ensuring rigour and trustworthiness of qualitative research in clinical pharmacy.

              The use of qualitative research methodology is well established for data generation within healthcare research generally and clinical pharmacy research specifically. In the past, qualitative research methodology has been criticized for lacking rigour, transparency, justification of data collection and analysis methods being used, and hence the integrity of findings. Demonstrating rigour in qualitative studies is essential so that the research findings have the "integrity" to make an impact on practice, policy or both. Unlike other healthcare disciplines, the issue of "quality" of qualitative research has not been discussed much in the clinical pharmacy discipline. The aim of this paper is to highlight the importance of rigour in qualitative research, present different philosophical standpoints on the issue of quality in qualitative research and to discuss briefly strategies to ensure rigour in qualitative research. Finally, a mini review of recent research is presented to illustrate the strategies reported by clinical pharmacy researchers to ensure rigour in their qualitative research studies.
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                Contributors
                Journal
                Front Sociol
                Front Sociol
                Front. Sociol.
                Frontiers in Sociology
                Frontiers Media S.A.
                2297-7775
                12 January 2023
                2022
                : 7
                : 1084390
                Affiliations
                [1] 1Department of Industrial Psychology and People Management, College of Business and Economics, University of Johannesburg , Johannesburg, South Africa
                [2] 2Centre for Development Support, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, University of the Free State , Bloemfontein, South Africa
                Author notes

                Edited by: Izabela Grabowska, Kozminski University, Poland

                Reviewed by: Louise Ryan, London Metropolitan University, United Kingdom; Eleonore Kofman, Middlesex University, United Kingdom

                *Correspondence: Musawenkosi Donia Saurombe ✉ mdsaurombe@ 123456uj.ac.za

                This article was submitted to Migration and Society, a section of the journal Frontiers in Sociology

                Article
                10.3389/fsoc.2022.1084390
                9878294
                36714364
                db837677-e689-4319-9fbe-a0fa5e1af54b
                Copyright © 2023 Saurombe and Zinatsa.

                This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

                History
                : 30 October 2022
                : 22 December 2022
                Page count
                Figures: 0, Tables: 1, Equations: 0, References: 78, Pages: 14, Words: 11416
                Categories
                Sociology
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                labor market integration,skilled migration,accompanying spouse,female,governmentality,conduct of conduct

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