Taghavi, Doreh (2017). Exploring fallism. Student protests and the decolonization of education in South Africa. Masters thesis, Universität zu Köln.

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This volume engages with the Fallist student protests of 2015/16 and the demand for a decolonized system of education in post-apartheid South Africa. It is based on Doreh Taghavi’s MA thesis, which was supervised by Prof. Michaela Pelican and supported with a research grant of the Thematic Network ‘Remapping the Global South - Teaching, Researching, Exchanging’ of the Global South Studies Center Cologne (GSSC). Doreh Taghavi’s study sheds light on the experiences, motivations, and visions of Fallist student actors, and provides the reader with a nuanced understanding of the need for educational reform in South Africa. It is based on empirical research conducted in Cape Town from October to December 2016, with a focus on the perspectives of student actors and the events at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Three research questions were at the heart of the study: What were Fallist students’ experiences of their primary, secondary, and tertiary education? How did the Fallist movements unfold and what are their demands? What do student actors mean by decolonization of education, and what would such a decolonized education – and by extension a decolonized South African society – look like? Doreh Taghavi argues that current student protests in South Africa have to be seen in the light of South Africa’s apartheid history and its uneven educational system which has disadvantaged large parts of the population on the grounds of race, socioeconomic status, ability, sexuality, gender identification, and their intersections. Fallist student actors envision a more just and appropriate system of education which provides them not only with useful skills and chances to further their own career, but to help their families and communities, and to position (South) Africa in its rightful intellectual place.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters thesis)
CreatorsEmailORCIDORCID Put Code
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-79507
Journal or Publication Title: Kölner Ethnologische Beiträge
Volume: 48
Date: 2017
ISSN: 1611-4531
Language: English
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Fächergruppe 4: Außereuropäische Sprachen, Kulturen und Gesellschaften > Institut für Ethnologie
Subjects: Customs, etiquette, folklore
Uncontrolled Keywords:
Republic of South Africa, Post-apartheid, Student movements, Education, Decolonization, MA thesesEnglish
Südafrika, Post-Apartheid, Studentenbewegung, Bildung, Dekolonisierung, MasterarbeitGerman
Date of oral exam: 2017
NameAcademic Title
Pelican, MichaelaUNSPECIFIED
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/id/eprint/7950


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