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(Mis)framing Higher Education in South Africa

Bozalek, Vivienne; Boughey, Chrissie

The question of how to make higher education more inclusive has been a central concern in South Africa and elsewhere over the past two decades. However, in South Africa there remains a disjuncture between policy aimed at promoting inclusivity and the experiences of students and staff in the higher education sector. In this article, the relationship between equity of access and equity of outcomes and the expectations that follow from these policy imperatives are examined from the perspective of Nancy Fraser’s normative framework of social justice. In particular, her notion of misframing is used to analyze the current situation in the higher education sector in South Africa. The article concludes that a focus on individual higher education institutions is not sufficient to gain a perspective on the social arrangements required for participatory parity in higher education; and, in fact, such a focus is an instance of misframing and thus a form of injustice.



Document Title: (Mis)framing Higher Education in South Africa
Journal: Social Policy &Administration
Volume: 46
Issue: 6
No. of Pages: 688-703

Document Type:Journal Article (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:National Systems and Comparative Studies
Country:South Africa
Keywords:Higher Education, Apartheid and Higher Education, Inclusion, Inclusive Education, Social justice

Rights:Blackwell Pblishing Ltd
Date Added:17 October 2012

Bozalek, V; Boughey, Chrissie (2012) (Mis)framing Higher Education in South Africa, Social Policy &Administration Vol. 46, No.6, December 2012, pp. 688–703