Castells in Africa

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Castells in Africa: Universities and Development collects the papers produced by Manuel Castells on his visits to South Africa, and publishes them in a single volume for the first time. The book also publishes a series of empirically-based papers which together display the multi-faceted and far-sighted scope of his theoretical framework, and its fecundity for fine-grained, detailed empirical investigations on universities and development in Africa. Castells, in his afterword to this book, always looking forward, assesses the role of the university in the wake of the upheavals to the global economic order. He decides the university’s function not only remains, but is more important than ever. This book will serve as an introduction to the relevance of his work for higher education in Africa for postgraduate students, reflective practitioners and researchers. Includes two previously unpublished public lectures and an Afterword by Manuel Castells.

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Published 28 November 2017
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Published in 2017 by African Minds 4 Eccleston Place, Somerset West 7130, Cape Town, South Africa info@africanminds.org.za www.africanminds.org.za
Chapter 3: ‘Universities as Dynamic Systems of Contradictory Functions’ first published in 2001 by MaskewMiller Longman inChallenges of Globalisation: South African Debates with Manuel Castellsat.edited by Johan Muller, Nico Cloete and Shireen Bad
African Minds is a not-for-profit, open-access publisher. In line with our goal of developing and fostering access, openness and debate in the pu rsuit of growing and deepening the African knowledge base and an Africa-based creative commons, this publication forms part of our non-peer reviewed list, the broad mission of which is to support the dissemination of knowledge from and in Africa relevant to addressing the social challenges that face the African continent.
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Contents
Acknowledgements Preface About the editors SECTION 1: FRAMING CASTELLS IN AFRICA 1Castells in South Africa 2Universities and the ‘new society’ SECTION 2: CASTELLS IN SOUTH AFRICA 3Universities as dynamic systems of contradictory functions 4The role of universities in development, the economy and society 5Rethinking development in the global information age SECTION 3: PUTTING CASTELLS TO WORK IN AFRICA 6Roles of universities and the African context 7Universities and economic development in Africa 8Research universities in Africa? 9African universities and connectedness in the information age 10Contradictory functions, unexpected outcomes, new challenges Afterword 2017 by Manuel Castells Appendices References Index
Acknowledgements
is book is the culmination of a 17-year engagement with Manuel Castells and his ideas. We rst encountered his paper for the World Bank on higher education and development (an abridged version appears in this volume), and the application of his ideas and their possible relevance for higher education in Africa was underway. We want to thank him, as a scholar and friend, for the unparalleled stimulation and comradeship he has provided, and not least for the unfailingly courteous manner in which he did it. (e more formal relationship between Manuel Castells and several supporting organisations and initiatives – Centre for Higher Education Trust (CHET), Higher Education Research and Advocacy Network in Africa (HERANA) and Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) to name a few – is described in detail inChapter 1.) is book would not have been possible without the nancial support provided by CHET by way of two of its projects focused squarely on the role of universities in knowledge production in Africa: the HERANA project funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York, with initial support from Ford Foundation; and the project ‘Factors that Affect Research Productivity at Universities’ funded by DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Scientometrics and Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (SciSTIP). Our thanks also go to Angela Mias (CHET) and Linda Benwell (Millennium Travel) for arranging the three meetings that contributed both to the conceptualisation and the completion of this book.