Johan Muller, Nico Cloete, and Francois van Schalkwyk (eds): Castells in Africa: Universities and development

African Minds, Cape Town, 2017, (ISBN: 978-1-920677-92-3)
  • Jennifer M. CaseEmail author

In these current times of fast paced publication and limited attention to yesterday’s news, of heated and polarized debates and too many op-eds, this book is unusual and interesting. It is the record of a sustained and serious academic conversation carried out over nearly 20 years, between a group of South African scholars engaged in thinking about the future of higher education, and a prominent and provocative international scholar.

The story is an interesting one: In 1991, the sociologist Manuel Castells delivered a paper to a newly post-Cold War World Bank audience describing the university system as an “engine of development” in an emerging new world economic order. Sometime later in the 1990s, the first two editors of this present collection, Johan Muller and Nico Cloete, thought they might have found in Castells’ work just the conceptual framework needed to inform debates underway at that time in South African higher education—as they write, in those heady early post-apartheid...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Engineering EducationVirginia TechBlacksburgUSA
  2. 2.Department of Chemical EngineeringUniversity of Cape TownRondeboschSouth Africa

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