n South African Journal of Higher Education - (De)constructing globalisation

Volume 16, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



The modernist drive for order contrasts with the post-modern acceptance of pluralism. The world finds itself in a crisis of difference, and we can no longer count on a harmonious society that embraces a dominant status quo with its values. Globalisation as an organising principle seems to contradict the complexity of a postmodern world. This article examines the discourse of globalisation and its effect on higher education and the curriculum. It does so by deconstructing the language of globalisation by subjecting it to a postmodern reading to reveal underlying power relations. The intention is not to oppose or subvert globalisation as a grand narrative, but to try and open up new ways of understanding globalisation.

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