Realising the Dream: Unlearning the Logic of Race in the South African School

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Beginning with a thorough review of the theoretical literature on race and social difference, this book delivers a meticulous examination of how the “logic of race” is played out in the lives of postapartheid South African school students. The compelling analysis draws from two decades of empirical research, revealing how the ongoing preoccupation with race not only obscures but also prevents the evolving new ways of understanding privilege and subordination. The argument contends that the fundamental promise of education is to develop the capacity to make real, in society’s will and desire, the promise of a better world. Recognizing that this goal can only be fully realized when the prejudices and false certainties of race and gender are forgotten, this analysis is as brave as it is challenging, making it essential for education practitioners, students, and social theorists.

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Crain Soudien is the former director of the School of Education and a deputy vice-chancellor at the University of Cape Town. He has written more than 120 articles, reviews, reports, and book chapters in the areas of social difference, culture, educational policy, comparative education, educational change, public history, and popular culture. He is the author of The Making of Youth Identity in Contemporary South Africa and the coauthor of Inclusion and Exclusion in South African and Indian Schools.

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"[This book] is a pledge to a transformative agenda. It presents an unflappable belief in the possibility of change. . . . a must-read."  —Mokubung Nkomo, director, Center for Diversity and Social Cohesion, University of Pretoria



"A sterling example of scholarship out-of-bounds precisely because it is grounded in lived reality . . . . will have a prized place on the shelves of readers interested in difference as a catalyst for—not a hindrance to—becoming more human. This work is saturated with an ethic of care and quiet defiance. It is both seminal and beautiful."  —Zimitri Erasmus, University of Cape Town and Mandela Mellon Fellow, W.E.B. du Bois Institute at Harvard

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