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      People's education and ‘nation building’ for a New South Africa

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            My purpose in this article is to restate the continuing relevance of ‘people's education’ as a necessary mobilising dynamic in the project of social emancipation in South Africa today. The notion of ‘salvaging’ the concept of people's education implies that it is in process of being discarded, made over into something new having served its provisional utility. I want to suggest that this is indeed how people's education is now being viewed and that this perception is premature, even inappropriate.

            My concerns are threefold: that the transformatory potential of education is being replaced with a ‘skills’ paradigm; that as a consequence of this and other factors, the mobilising element of people's education is in danger of being usurped by its converse — a demobilising or immobilising of the movement; and — related to this latter vis‐a‐vis the requirements of ‘nation‐building’ in a land despoiled by the ravages of apartheid — that this skills‐based notion of national development is misconstrued.

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            Journal
            crea20
            CREA
            Review of African Political Economy
            Review of African Political Economy
            0305-6244
            1740-1720
            November 1993
            : 20
            : 58
            : 43-60
            Affiliations
            a Team Leader of the Trade Union and Basic Education Project (TUBE) , Manchester
            Article
            8704019 Review of African Political Economy, Vol. 20, No. 58, November 1993, pp. 43-60
            10.1080/03056249308704019
            b8534564-2142-4c52-9a4f-d967d39c3da2

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            Figures: 0, Tables: 0, References: 26, Pages: 18
            Categories
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            Sociology,Economic development,Political science,Labor & Demographic economics,Political economics,Africa

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