The character of the multicultural education discussion in South Africa

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dc.description.abstract South Africa, as a country of great diversity, presents itself at first glance as an obvious place for the development of a multicultural policy. Its diversity is, moreover, of a kind that has caused immense difficulty politically and economically. But it does not have a specific multicultural education policy. Why this is so and what approaches the South African polity has taken to the question of diversity is what this contribution seeks to make clear. The chapter begins with a sociological description of South Africa. Important in this exposition is indicating how tightly bound up with political struggle the question and the description and analysis of social difference are. The chapter provides a description of the South African education system and its policy with respect to the questions of social and cultural difference. It then moves to an examination of the multicultural debate and an assessment of the value of this debate for both engaging with the questions of social difference and the complex ways in which power is instantiated in the debate itself. The importance of this discussion is about a recognition of the complexity of sociology itself and how this complexity, in terms of what it sees and does not see, is identified and articulated, and then mobilized and appropriated. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.publisher Springer en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Multilingual Education; 16 en
dc.subject EDUCATION en
dc.title The character of the multicultural education discussion in South Africa en
dc.type Chapter in Monograph en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.BudgetYear 2016/17 en
dc.ResearchGroup Office of the CEO en
dc.SourceTitle Learning from difference: comparative accounts of multicultural education en
dc.SourceTitle.Editor Lo Bianco, J. en
dc.SourceTitle.Editor Bal, A. en
dc.PlaceOfPublication Basel, Switzerland en
dc.ArchiveNumber 9613 en
dc.PageNumber 125-145 en
dc.outputnumber 8495 en
dc.bibliographictitle Soudien, C. & McKinney, C. (2016) The character of the multicultural education discussion in South Africa. In: Lo Bianco, J. & Bal, A. (eds).Learning from difference: comparative accounts of multicultural education. (Multilingual Education; 16). Basel, Switzerland: Springer. 125-145. en
dc.publicationyear 2016 en
dc.contributor.author1 Soudien, C. en
dc.contributor.author2 McKinney, C. en

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