Original Research - Special Collection: The Commercialization and Commodification of Theological Education

Decolonising the commercialisation and commodification of the university and theological education in South Africa

Dumisane W. Methula
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 73, No 3 | a4585 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v73i3.4585 | © 2017 Dumisane W. Methula | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 05 April 2017 | Published: 15 November 2017

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Dumisane W. Methula, Department of Philosophy, Practical and Systematic Theology, University of South Africa, South Africa


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Abstract

This article problematises the critical subject of the decolonisation of the university and theological education in South Africa from the neo-colonisation of commercialisation and commodification. The article, written from a decolonial perspective, serves as an epistemic critique of the cultures of corporatisation, rationalisation and entrepreneurship in higher education driven by the marketisation of society by the neoliberal institutions of globalisation. The article engages the role of decolonising theological education by drawing insights from African/Black theologies, the discourse on Africanisation and liberation to counter the strangulation and dominance of the commodification and commercialisation of theological education and prosperity theology in Africa, particularly in South Africa.

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