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Knowledge in the Blood: Confronting Race and the Apartheid Past

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This book tells the story of white South African students—how they remember and enact an Apartheid past they were never part of. How is it that young Afrikaners, born at the time of Mandela's release from prison, hold firm views about a past they never lived, rigid ideas about black people, and fatalistic thoughts about the future? Jonathan Jansen, the first black dean of ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published April 7th 2009 by Stanford University Press
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Prof Jansen is an administrator at the uni where I'm currently researching and writing, and this book recalls his days at integrating the all-white, virtually all-Afrikaner University of Pretoria. It is a fascinating look at histories and stories, what people cling to in their myths about who they are and where they come from, and why. It's given me a lot to think about with regard to both South Africa and the U.S. Highly recommended if you'd like to learn more about higher ed here in SA.
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An excellent read for every South African - we need to be responsible with the knowledge we pass on because we shape the thoughts, beliefs and actions of the next generation.
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Professor Jonathan Jansen is the Vice Chancellor of the University of the Free State, South Africa, where he has earned a formidable reputation for transformation and for a deep commitment to reconciliation in communities living with the heritage of apartheid. He is an educationalist, a former Dean of Education at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, who holds an impressive collection of degr ...more
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