Abstract

Researchers have reported recently that inequalities emerging under conditions of globalisation are creating barriers to participation in adult learning. According to some studies, South Africa has become the most unequal society in the world. Structural inequalities in South African present an opportunity to develop a socio-political perspective to explain how structural inequalities create structural institutional barriers which prohibit black people from participating in adult learning, and to analyse the extent to which these barriers have been addressed. The South African state faces the challenge of creating more fundamental change to address persisting inequalities and barriers to participation in adult learning.

Keywords

Adult basic education; barriers to participation; inequality; globalisation; South Africa

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Adult education, globalisation and inequality in South Africa. Searching for new analytical frameworks

Researchers have reported recently that inequalities emerging under conditions of globalisation are creating barriers to participation in adult learning. According to some studies, South Africa has become the most unequal society in the world. Structural inequalities in South African present an opportunity to develop a socio-political perspective to explain how structural inequalities create structural institutional barriers which prohibit black people from participating in adult learning, and to analyse the extent to which these barriers have been addressed. The South African state faces the challenge of creating more fundamental change to address persisting inequalities and barriers to participation in adult learning.