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ERIC Number: EJ710154
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Feb
Pages: 21
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0010-4086
Discourse, Differentiation, and Agency: Muslim Community Schools in Postapartheid Cape Town
Fataar, Aslam
Comparative Education Review, v49 n1 p23 Feb 2005
This article explores the establishment of schools set up by Muslim communities in Cape Town, South Africa, after 1994. Twelve schools have been set up across the city: four primary schools, three high schools, four schools that have grades 1-12, and one school that has grades 1-3 and 8-10. They are registered with the Western Cape Education Department as independent schools. Nine of these schools are in working-class, former colored townships, and one is in a black working-class township. The remaining two are in middle-class locales, one in a formerly Indian township and the other in a formerly white suburb. These schools reveal an interaction among a confluence of discourses that are actively mediated within localized school contexts. The schools are an illustration of hybrid processes made up of globally inspired Islamization discourses and local education and social change discourses. Contrary to the view that Islamization is a strong framer of meaning making within Muslim schools, its discursive role is limited to symbolism and discursive overlay. (Contains 42 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa (Cape Town)