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ERIC Number: EJ865496
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0046-760X
Unfulfilled Promise: Radical Discourses in South African Educational Historiography, 1970-2007
Cross, Michael; Carpentier, Claude; Ait-Mehdi, Halima
History of Education, v38 n4 p475-503 Jul 2009
This paper examines the discourses and modes of representation embodied in educational historiography from the 1970s to the present and their implications for intellectual identity construction in SA. The paper shows how the theoretical foundations of the liberal and Afrikaner nationalist discourses, which vacillated between race and ethnicity, shifted to social class and gender in radical and neo-Marxist discursive formations of the 1980s. It highlights how the decline of radical scholarship has resulted in a synthesis of constructivist and postmodernist discourses that privilege nation-building, identity and cultural diversity after apartheid within a predominantly neo-liberal paradigm. It argues that the transition to post-apartheid education came to be thought about within a horizon of possibilities different from the rigid paradigmatic tradition of the short-lived neo-Marxist school of the 1970s and 1980s. (Contains 122 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa