Theorising the Eduscape II: Contesting “Modernity”, the Global South and Alternative Framing

  • Xianlin Song
  • Greg McCarthy
Part of the Mobility & Politics book series (MPP)


Following Chap.  2, this chapter continues to examine the theoretical framing of higher education underlying the governing policies of Asian mobility and explores some of the alternative interpretations of eduscape in addition to the neoliberal, the managerial and the regulatory state discussed in the previous chapter. In particular, it looks at the critical literature that contests Western “colonial modernity” as a universal teleology, a totality that regards one historical development as superior, at the expense of other knowledge systems coming from differing civilisations. Evoking the theoretical advancements of the Southern theory, this chapter argues for the recognition of alternative epistemologies that come with Asian international mobility and a reimagination of the North-South history in its struggles for equality against colonial violence and imperialism. In this reimagining all students on campus, regardless of origin, are considered educable and afforded equal access to quality education.


Higher education Colonial modernity Cognitive justice Southern theory Alternative epistemologies 


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