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Title:From People's Education to Neo-Liberalism in South Africa
Author:Vally, SalimISNI
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:educational policy
social and economic rights
educational history
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Education and Oral Traditions
Politics and Government
Economics and Trade
External links:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03056240701340258
Abstract:This paper argues that South Africa's constitution and the various laws that supplement it, including education legislation, rests on and sustains specific patterns of asymmetrical social relations and political order. The constitution has not been able to compensate for the systematic undermining of ideals of social justice by the routine operation of society's structures and institutions. The paper shows that the nature of the negotiated settlement between the liberation movement and the apartheid State, the continuation of the capitalist character of the State (despite the discourse of human rights and development) and the incorporation of South Africa into a global market economy ruptured the education principles and practices established by civil society in the 1970s and 1980s. It also shows that while radical education praxis has been weakened, it still exists, and its centre of gravity has shifted to the new social movements post-1994. Bibliogr., notes., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]