Moral eyes: youth and justice in Cameroon, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and South Africa

OUTPUT TYPE: Monograph (Book)
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2018
TITLE AUTHOR(S): S.Swartz, A.Nyamnjoh, E.Arogundade, J.Breakey, A.Bockarie
KEYWORDS: CAMEROON, JUSTICE, MORALITY, NIGERIA, SIERRA LEONE, YOUTH
DEPARTMENT: Human and Social Development (HSD)
Web link: https://www.hsrcpress.ac.za/books/moral-eyes
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 10293

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Abstract

Moral Eyes: Youth and Justice in Cameroon, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and South Africa is original, ground-breaking and timely. The book is the outcome of the inaugural research award from the Journal of Moral Education Trust (JMET) in 2015, for work completed in 2016 and 2017. It reports on an empirical study with university students, who were asked to confront their positions of privilege and to reflect on the ethics of injustice in four African contexts. The four contexts and themes were ethnic and political privilege in Sierra Leone, racial privilege in South Africa, religious and ethnic privilege in Nigeria, and language privilege in Cameroon. Moral Eyes provides important historical, social and cultural information and thoughtful interpretations that shed light on profound institutional, social and personal ethical questions that have resonance and implications for moral education. Indeed, the text implicitly invites the reader - perhaps especially from an ex-colonial country - to situate herself in the narrative, to revisit complex issues of structural injustice, and to reconsider her own position when seen through other moral eyes