Tolerance and Dissent within Education

On Cultivating Debate and Understanding

  • Nuraan Davids
  • Yusef Waghid

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Nuraan Davids, Yusef Waghid
    Pages 1-18
  3. Nuraan Davids, Yusef Waghid
    Pages 19-34
  4. Nuraan Davids, Yusef Waghid
    Pages 51-68
  5. Nuraan Davids, Yusef Waghid
    Pages 69-84
  6. Nuraan Davids, Yusef Waghid
    Pages 85-102
  7. Nuraan Davids, Yusef Waghid
    Pages 103-118
  8. Nuraan Davids, Yusef Waghid
    Pages 119-133
  9. Nuraan Davids, Yusef Waghid
    Pages 135-150
  10. Nuraan Davids, Yusef Waghid
    Pages 151-166
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 167-187

About this book


This book explores how the concept of tolerance might be understood, cultivated and enacted in and through educational encounters. It argues that by opening up educational encounters to allow for ‘dissent’ – that is, disagreement, criticism and open dialogue – our everyday social life experiences and relationships would flourish, and potentially allow for a more peaceful and harmonious co-existence alongside those with whom we disagree.  Dissent does not mean that ‘anything goes’; what is needed is considerate and responsible recognition of distinct and diverse perspectives. Tolerance is sometimes regarded as a simple and uncritical celebration of difference, and sometimes dismissed as a necessary and resentful acceptance of others. Here, the authors make a compelling case for ‘conditional tolerance’, which requires us to continuously reflect on the limits of what we are willing to tolerate. The book will be an indispensable resource for researchers and students working in the areas of education, philosophy and sociology, particularly those with an interest in educational freedom, democracy and social justice. 


Multiculturalism Monoculture Cosmopolitanism Educational Encounters Educational Inclusion Internal inclusion and dissent Educational Emancipation Educational liberty

Authors and affiliations

  • Nuraan Davids
    • 1
  • Yusef Waghid
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of EducationStellenbosch UniversityCape TownSouth Africa
  2. 2.Faculty of EducationStellenbosch UniversityStellenboschSouth Africa

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-58108-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-58109-5
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