ERIC Number: ED228361
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Structures of Dominance and the Political Economy of Black Higher Education in a Technocratic Era: A Theoretical Framework. Occasional Paper No. 3. Revised.
Hayes, Floyd W., III
In technologically advanced American society, the black struggle for education is rooted in the historical struggle to overturn racial oppression, economic exploitation, and cultural/ideological domination. In this society, where the state functions to perpetuate existing structures of political, economic, and ideological dominance, education has traditionally operated as an instrument of social control rather than an avenue for social mobility and self-determination. In the face of threats to their survival, black higher education institutions must become active in the overall struggle for black liberation. To serve as a liberating force, black institutions must: (1) stress the study of the African experience and establish linkages with the Pan-African world; (2) emphasize cross disciplinary studies; (3) seek to understand European philosophy, politics, values, and society; (4) stress research and instruction in technology and science; (5) become future oriented; and (6) provide opportunities for intensive study of policy analysis, planning theory, and organizational principles. Finally, both black institutions and black communities must increasingly interact and become partners in the struggle for black self-determination. (MJL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Howard Univ., Washington, DC. Inst. for the Study of Educational Policy.
Note: Earler version of paper presented at the Joint Meeting of the African Heritage Studies Association and the National Conference of Black Political Scientists (Baltimore, MD, April 16-18, 1981).