Leyla Tavernaro-Haidarian

Leyla Tavernaro-Haidarian
University of Johannesburg | uj · Department of Journ

PhD

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Efforts to respond to oppression are often framed as strategies of ‘resistance’ or ‘liberation.’ This paper uses critical discourse analysis (CDA) to examine the assumptions implicit in these strategies and shows that they derive from a realism of ‘normative adversarialism,’ where confrontation is seen as a natural and inevitable approach for achie...
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Among many challenges in the space of education in the global South, we find that curricula are often out of touch with the contextual reality of students and that classroom or lecture-hall sizes are too big to engage a critical majority. Therefore, reimagining educational processes, or aspects thereof, becomes imperative. This article proposes tha...
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In view of the importance and urgency of transformation within post-colonial educational settings, this article considers key concepts in relation to re-curriculation efforts. It specifically discusses how the concepts of development and decolonization are typically understood and how they can be reimagined through the realism provided by the Afric...
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Narratives about Africa are often shaped by deficit discourses that frame “development” as an instrument for advancing the interests of global capitalism. From within this neoliberal view, Africa has to “catch up” to and “be taught” how to emulate and achieve the standards promulgated in mainstream media. Through the lens of an alternative realism,...
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Efforts to decolonise societies, and in particular the field of higher education in South Africa, have frequently been framed in terms of “dismantling” strategies. This article examines the ethico-cultural assumptions implicit in this idea and shows that it derives from a realism of what Michael Karlberg (Beyond the Culture of Contest. Oxford: Geor...
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Democratic discourses are increasingly devolving into mudslinging matches where communicators attack their opponents—sometimes in crude and hostile ways. Underlying this type of discourse is the normative assumption that human affairs are inherently conflicting and best governed through struggles and contests. When considering why some discourses w...
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The field of epistemology is concerned with the nature, generation and justification of knowledge as well as the rationality of belief; addressing what makes beliefs justified, what it means to say that one knows something and how one knows it. It has been characterised by many debates such as those between rationalism and empiricism or those betwe...
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Against the backdrop of a global refugee crisis, an ever-increasing gap between rich and poor and dismal environmental forecasts, the headlines that dominate contemporary news reports are often characterized by division and polarization, as “fear”, “conspiracy” and “paranoia” (see Munusamy, 2017, n.p.) beset the public. “The problem”, some say, “is...
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Contemporary democratic discourses are frequently, though not exclusively, characterized by an attitude of ‘pro and con’ where the aim is to persuade others, a jury or an audience, of what is right and what is wrong. Challenging such procedures, this book teases out an alternative model of public discourse that is based in collaboration and deliber...
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In this article I discuss some of the prevalent and oppositional discursive strategies employed in the media and in talk show programming. I elaborate on the normative underpinnings of these strategies and offer a contrasting approach rooted in the harmonious, cohesive and relational notions of power and human relations associated with the African...