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An archaeological glimpse at NGO identity in South Africa

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dc.date.accessioned 2003-07-08 en
dc.date.accessioned 2020-02-20T13:08:07Z
dc.date.available 2020-02-20T13:08:07Z
dc.date.issued 2015-08-25 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/8936
dc.description.abstract This paper explores the impact of the econometric/technocratic rationality on Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), investigating how this has shaped their identity in a transitional democracy. Using selected vignettes and snapshots from data collected, the author explores the theory of isomorphism, in an attempt to demonstrate that in a rapidly globalising economic climate, NGOs such as ELET are forced to mimic the institutional cultures of their donors and funders if they are to survive. I argue further that notwithstanding the predilection for institutional isomorphism, NGOs do possess the capacity to subvert the natural progression towards isomorphism by reinventing themselves to become contextually relevant. Finally, the paper argues that while it is perhaps a truism that research agendas are inevitably shaped by neo-liberal global forces, contemporary social theory and sociologically informed empirical research still have an important role to play in making sense of the dynamic relationships between the state, education and civil society. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANISATIONS en
dc.title An archaeological glimpse at NGO identity in South Africa en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.Volume 28 en
dc.BudgetYear 2002/03 en
dc.ResearchGroup Assessment Technology and Education Evaluation en
dc.SourceTitle Journal of Education en
dc.ArchiveNumber 1976 en
dc.PageNumber 83-103 en
dc.outputnumber 75 en
dc.bibliographictitle Dhunpath, R. (2002) An archaeological glimpse at NGO identity in South Africa. <i>Journal of Education</i>. 28:83-103. en
dc.publicationyear 2002 en
dc.contributor.author1 Dhunpath, R. en


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