Being At Home

Race, Institutional Culture and Transformation at South African Higher Education Institutions

Edited by: Pedro Tabensky, Sally Matthews

Being at Home stimulates careful conversation about some of the most pressing issues facing higher education institutions in South Africa today - race, transformation, and institutional culture. While there are many reasons to be despondent about the current state of affairs in the South African tertiary sector, this book is an invitation for the reader to see these problems as opportunities for rethinking the very idea of what it is to be a university in contemporary South Africa. It is also, more generally, an invitation to think about what it is that the intellectual project should ultimately be about, and to question certain prevalent trends that affect - or, perhaps, infect - the current global academic system. The volume will be of interest to all those who are concerned about the state of the contemporary university, both in South Africa and beyond. *** "This is arguably one of the three most important books on higher education transformation in South Africa to have emerged in the last decade." -- Jonathan D. Jansen, Visiting Scholar, Stanford U. *** CHOICE Editor's Top Community College Resources for January 2016 in the field of Social & Behaviorial Sciences. *** "What is the role of a university in contemporary South Africa -- or anywhere else for that matter? Exploring the roles and responsibilities universities play in society, this well-developed collection of essays offers a comprehensive and coherent investigation into this timely question. Contributing authors do not shy away from the numerous multidimensional challenges surrounding the notion of privilege, and they examine these issues in an engaging, intellectual, and accessible way.This book, with its keen insights, is highly recommended for all higher education stakeholders, especially faculty and leaders of the modern university who seek transformative action in our global age. Highly recommended." -- Choice, Vol. 53, No. 5, January 2016 [Subject: African Studies, Higher Education]

Publication Date: 3/2/2015
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9781869142902