chapter  24
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School Knowledge Transmission and Expatriate Publishing Houses

WithWilliam B. Thomas, Kevin J. Moran

In their classic analysis of South African history textbooks, Dean, Hartmann, and Katzen 1 demonstrate in concrete terms how historical events are transformed into political ideology to help to justify the subordination of black South Africans to the economic, social, and political order. They argue in compelling terms that this legitimation is the process by which consent is secured from among members of the society to the existing arrangement. To achieve this consent, or acquiescence, both from those members of the dominating group and those who are thereby dominated, there must be an ideology favorable to the prevailing order, lest it be threatened or undermined. They further assert that:

popular consciousness is cultivated in varied and diffuse ways. They may all play an ideological role to the extent that the beliefs and values they foster, or the world-views they help to cultivate promote the endorsement of prevailing patterns of inequality. 2