"You Can't Oppress Yourself": Negotiating the Meaning of Opportunity in Post-Aparteid South Africa


by Janine Bempechat & Salie Abrahams 1999

This investigation examined how black South Africa adolescents conceptualized their outlooks on the past and the future, taking into account their intrapersonal, interpersonal, and social-historical perspectives. This paper reports an analysis of themes which emerged in relation to achievement issues. Qualitative analysis of in-depth interviews showed that, despite having come of age in a society that was designed to oppress, these students were committed to high educational goals, determined to seize the opportunities that they perceived were now available to them, and held generally positive views about their futures. Results are discussed in terms of the intersection between achievement motivation theory and cultural psychology.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 100 Number 4, 1999, p. 841-859
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10344, Date Accessed: 10/24/2017 7:27:49 AM

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