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Taking Care of the Future

Moral Education and British Humanitarianism in South Africa


Part of the Anthropological Studies of Education book series (ASE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Oliver Pattenden
    Pages 1-58
  3. Oliver Pattenden
    Pages 59-97
  4. Oliver Pattenden
    Pages 99-165
  5. Oliver Pattenden
    Pages 167-218
  6. Oliver Pattenden
    Pages 219-272
  7. Oliver Pattenden
    Pages 273-335
  8. Oliver Pattenden
    Pages 337-387
  9. Oliver Pattenden
    Pages 389-408
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 409-459

About this book


Taking Care of the Future examines the moral dimensions and transformative capacities of education and humanitarianism through an intimate portrayal of learners, volunteers, donors, and educators at a special needs school in South Africa and a partnering UK-based charity. Drawing on his professional experience of “inclusive education” in London, Oliver Pattenden investigates how systems of schooling regularly exclude and mishandle marginalized populations, particularly exploring how “street kids” and poverty-afflicted young South Africans experience these dynamics as they attempt to fashion their futures. By unpacking the ethical terrains of fundraising, voluntourism, Christian benevolence, human rights, colonial legacies, and the post-apartheid transition, Pattenden analyzes how political, economic and social aspects of intervention materialize to transform the lives of all those involved. 


Ngomso Xhosa Anglican missionaries post-apartheid Education in South Africa 'Special education' Moral education Britain and South Africa Humanitarian engagement South African education South Africa

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Greater LondonUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Oliver Pattenden is an independent scholar engaged in projects that aim to stimulate interdisciplinary inquiry and unite academics and public audiences. He completed his PhD in Anthropology at Rhodes University, South Africa. 

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