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Educational Research for Social Change

versión On-line ISSN 2221-4070


DUBE, Bekithemba  y  HLALELE, Dipane. Engaging critical emancipatory research as an alternative to mitigate school violence in South Africa. Educ. res. soc. change [online]. 2018, vol.7, n.2, pp.74-86. ISSN 2221-4070.

In this theoretical paper, we contribute to ongoing narratives that attempt to mitigate and curb school violence. We do this by critiquing school relations through the lens of critical emancipatory research. Critical emancipatory research has the impetus to map skewed relations that exacerbate school violence in South African schools. In order to achieve our aim, we highlight various principles of critical emancipatory research that position the theory so that it relates to rebuilding school safety to achieve better schools for all stakeholders. The principles of social justice and social transformation, and the necessity to eliminate false consciousness, are discussed as critical elements of mitigating school violence. The article argues that critical emancipatory research, when it is used to frame relationships within the school milieu, has the impetus to forge new dimensions of, and responses to, conflict resolution-and to lessen school violence.

Palabras clave : critical emancipatory research; school violence; safer school; healthy relations.

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