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Between the 'Local' and the 'Global': South African Geography after Apartheid

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South Africa's higher education system has undergone significant change since the end of apartheid. A central theme in the debates on higher education transformation has been the tension between the global imperatives of development and the need for universities to respond to the legacy of apartheid. This paper explores this tension by considering recent changes in geographical teaching and research. The paper argues that many of the tensions evident in higher education between the global and the local, which are as yet unresolved, find expression within South African geographical scholarship.

Keywords: South Africa; apartheid; geography education; global; local

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Publication date: January 1, 2007

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