Reproduction Theory In Education

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Reproduction theory
The reproduction theory is the process through which existing structures maintain and reproduce themselves. It can be categorised as social reproduction and cultural reproduction. Where cultural reproduction refers to the reproduction of power relations, knowledge and class culture, and social reproduction refers to the reproduction of class structure. Both cultural and social reproduction theorists view schools as institutions which transmit the reproduction theory by having students accept the existing inequalities as being “real”. Althusser describes the problem as being the need “to understand the reproduction of class relationships and the process through which members of a society accept as “”real” their class identity and relationship to the means of production” (in Weiler, 1988, p.7).
The events which led to Bantu Education
A series of events occurred at the turn of the 19th century which had important consequences. The demand for labourers with appropriate skills and attitudes to function in this growing system was due to the development of mining and the growth of trade and industry. The new government passed a series of laws that were to force blacks into the State Labour market to ensure labour production. An example of this is the passing of the 1913 Land Act in which black South Africans were zoned to only 14% of the total land area of South Africa which meant that most blacks could no longer live as subsistence farmers. This forced the
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