In Whose Interest Is ‘Training the Dog’? Black Academics’ Reflection on Academic Development for ‘Access and Success’ in a Historically White University in South Africa

Dina Zoe Belluigi*, Gladman Thondhlana

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Situated against an historical narrative of academic development in South Africa, this chapter revisits the intractable politics of access to higher education. The critical reflections of Black academics who endured ‘inclusion’ to an historically White institution in the immediate post-apartheid period reveal fraught negotiations and resistances to transitions of authority. As critical stakeholders of transformation in that country, their perspectives about the different approaches to access offer insights into how discourses of equity, inclusion, diversity and decolonisation operated within a problematic hidden curriculum of academic ‘success’.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDoing Equity and Diversity for Success in Higher Education
Subtitle of host publicationRedressing Structural Inequalities in the Academy
EditorsDave Thomas, Jason Arday
PublisherSpringer
Chapter21
Pages265-275
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-65668-3
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-65667-6
DOIs
Publication statusEarly online date - 19 Jun 2021

Keywords

  • higher education
  • racism
  • anti-racism
  • equality
  • diversity
  • South Africa

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