Reshaping Social Relations in Educational Theory and Practice: A Global Teaching and Decolonizing Collaboration

Dr. Melanie E. L. Bush and Dr. Nokuthula Hlabangane


In fall 2018, students from Adelphi University in Garden City, New York and from the University of South Africa in Pretoria embarked on a pilot collaboration to engage conversation and cross-experience exchange. The initiative was rooted in the Adelphi course entitled, “The Reshaping of Social Relations in the Modern World” and through a network of students connected with the University of South Africa (UNISA) Department of Anthropology and Archaeology and decolonizing studies and projects in South Africa. This article provides a theoretical framing for this collaboration and why it holds tremendous potential for engagement, heightened global awareness and developing kinship cross-borders as well as a discussion of the process and the content of this engagement and experience through the lens of student participants' reflections. Intrinsic to this experience is an exploration of how a psychology of inequity can be challenged.


*Reshaping Social Relations in Educational Theory and Practice: A Global Teaching and Decolonizing Collaboration (Melanie E L Bush and Nokuthula Hlabangane) will be published later in 2022 in Jean Lau Chin, Yolanda E. Garcia, and Arthur W. Blume, Editors, The Psychology of Inequity: Global Issues and Perspectives.  Praeger. Courtesy ABC-CLIO.

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