n South African Journal of Higher Education - Spectacle and spectators : higher education and the 'disappearance' of democracy : Part 1 : exploration of the critical relationship between higher education and the development of democracy in South Africa
|Article Title||Spectacle and spectators : higher education and the 'disappearance' of democracy : Part 1 : exploration of the critical relationship between higher education and the development of democracy in South Africa|
|© Publisher:||Higher Education South Africa (HESA)|
|Journal||South African Journal of Higher Education|
|Affiliations||1 University of the Free State|
|Publication Date||Jan 2014|
|Pages||849 - 865|
|Keyword(s)||Democracy, Higher education, Knowledge transformation, Political outsides and Spectacle|
In the absence of deep knowledge transformation and in the format of its responses to societal challenges and state politics, higher education plays a part in positioning the state as the 'unifying horizon for all political representation' (Readings 1993, xx). In South Africa, a 'designed' human rights state and the process by which the state becomes the 'end of politics' was completed in less than 20 years after the 1994 democratic elections. Higher education, along with popular images, presents the state as the 'terminal point for political thought' (Readings 1993, xx) and is thus complicit in the absence of an authoritative politics outside the state. Using theoretical frames related to The Society of the Spectacle (Debord 1994 ) and political outsides, this article argues that higher education contributes to the disappearance of democracy.
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