050si I am starving with no hope to survive: Southern African Perspectives on Pedagogies of Globalization

Sinfree Makoni


In this article we briefly describe key issues central to what Spring refers to as the industrial consumer-paradigm and the role of English as the Global language characterized by what Harvey (1990) calls time and space compression. We also comment and provide a critique of some of its primary principles examining its relevance to Southern Africa. In view of the commentary provided, we then propose, in the latter part of the paper, an alternative model of education which draws upon principles of Popular Culture in Africa which is a thriving area of social and artistic creativity that provides a sharp contrast to images of the total collapse of Africa and endemic violence (Barber 1997; Chitando 2002; Brusilla 2003; Zeleza 2003). The principles of Popular Culture will also draw its parallels from Leisure studies and the role these can play in educational settings.