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Title:Academic freedom, institutional autonomy and the corporatised university in contemporary South Africa
Authors:Habib, AdamISNI
Morrow, SeanISNI
Bentley, Kristina
Periodical:Social Dynamics
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:academic freedom
institutional change
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02533950802280022
Abstract:This article examines threats from the State, institutional bureaucrats and academics themselves to academic freedom and to the institutional autonomy of universities in South Africa, and argues that the situation is more complex than is often perceived. The generally disappointing post-independence history of academic freedom and autonomy in Sub-Saharan Africa is drawn upon to illustrate the perils that may accompany too eager an embrace of the State by intellectuals in South Africa in confronting persisting racial inequities in institutions of higher learning. The article suggests that a 'republican' approach linked to social accountability may provide a way forward. To be securely founded, the advancement of academic freedom and institutional autonomy must be embedded in the prevailing power realities: it must grow from the contestation of empowered stakeholders. Finally, the article makes a number of specific recommendations calculated to strengthen the quest for such freedom and autonomy. Bibliogr., note, sum. [Journal abstract]