First published in 1999, this study of the politics of education in Cameroon, the Congo and Kenya presents arresting empirical evidence that urban elites exiting public sector educational systems they have dominated in favour of private school networks of their own creation. Seeking to enhance their offspring’s chances for survival and even domination in a world of scarce resources and limited opportunities for employment, elites see private schools as tools to shape newly emerging civil societies in Africa in their own image. From a theoretical perspective, the fresh evidence presented here shows that schooling has once again become a major social force influencing the balance of state and society in modern Africa. Re-examining an older political tradition of class analysis and integrating it into more recent civil society perspectives, the author shows that the abandonment of the unreliable education services of dysfunctional African states in favour of private schools has profound consequences for class articulation in societies dividing, once again, according to educational opportunities.
’…clearly written and provides useful information on an important topic.’ Modern Africa Studies …this book is valuable for policy makers, academics, students and practitioners in the field of lifelong and adult education.' International Journal of Lifelong Education
1. Introduction. 2. The Promise and Deception of Modern Education in Sub-Saharan Africa. 3. Social Class, Civil Society, and Political Analysis in Sub-Saharan Africa. 4. Schooling and Social Stratification in Sub-Saharan Africa. 5. Cameroon: Parents’ Organizations, Private Schools, and the Development of Educational Privilege. 6. Returning to Class: Congo and the Social Costs of a Collapsed Education System. 7. Enhancing the Status Quo: Kenya and the Consolidation of Educational Privilege. 8. Schooling for a New Century: Diversity for All, Opportunity for the Few.
Are there elusive titles that you need and have been trying to source for years but thought that you would never be able to find?
Well this may be the end of your quest – here is a fantastic opportunity for you to discover past brilliance and purchase previously out of print and unavailable titles by some of the world’s most eminent academic scholars.
Drawing from over 100 years of innovative, cutting-edge publishing, Routledge Revivals is an exciting programme whereby key titles from the distinguished and extensive backlist of the many acclaimed imprints associated with Routledge will be re-issued.
The programme draws upon the illustrious backlists of Kegan Paul, Trench & Trubner, Routledge & Kegan Paul, Methuen, Allen & Unwin and Routledge itself.
Routledge Revivals spans the whole of the Humanities and Social Sciences, and includes works by some of the world’s greatest thinkers including Emile Durkheim, Max Weber, Simone Weil, Martin Buber, Karl Jaspers and Max Beloff.
If you are interested in Revivals in the Behavioral Sciences, please visit https://www.routledge.com/series/PSYREVIVALS