Southern Theory: The Global Dynamics of Knowledge in Social Science

Southern Theory The Global Dynamics of Knowledge in Social Science In Southern Theory Raewyn Connell presents the case for a new world social science one that is inclusive of many voices by arguing for a democratic global recognition of social theory from societies o

  • Title: Southern Theory: The Global Dynamics of Knowledge in Social Science
  • Author: Raewyn W. Connell
  • ISBN: 9780745642499
  • Page: 475
  • Format: Paperback
  • Southern Theory: The Global Dynamics of Knowledge in Social Science

    In Southern Theory Raewyn Connell presents the case for a new world social science one that is inclusive of many voices by arguing for a democratic global recognition of social theory from societies outside the dominant European and North American metropole Intellectual production of the majority southern world does in fact include theory, though its contribIn Southern Theory Raewyn Connell presents the case for a new world social science one that is inclusive of many voices by arguing for a democratic global recognition of social theory from societies outside the dominant European and North American metropole Intellectual production of the majority southern world does in fact include theory, though its contribution is often marginalised and intellectually discredited by the metropole Connell shows how social theory about the modern world from peripheral societies is equal in intellectual rigour and is often of greater political relevance to our changing world Beginning with an examination of the hidden assumptions of modern general theory, Southern Theory looks to the southern social experience and the theories that have emerged from Australia, Indigenous peoples, Latin America, India, Africa, Islam and other post colonial societies, as sources of important and vital contributions to world social science These myriad theories offer valuable perspectives so crucial to the application of social theory in the contemporary world, having the power to transform the influence of the metropolitan hegemony on social thought by mutual regard and interaction Southern Theory is a major new work in social theory, drawing on anthropology, history, psychology, philosophy, economics and cultural studies, with wide ranging implications for the social sciences in the 21st century.Visit raewynconnell

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    1. Malcolm

      The longer I have lived in the UK while most of my research deals with imperial and colonial cultural issues the more I have become aware that it is not just political theory that needs adapting to non-metropolitan conditions, but broader social theory as well. In this book Raewyn Connell builds a compelling critique of sociology that draws out many of the problems of using metropolitan ideas in the periphery. There are three sections – a critical outline of the development of sociology and cr [...]

    2. Richard Leo

      This was a book I picked up based on the title only. The concept of a form of theory coming from the south was appealing. Her central argument is that essentially all forms of epistemological theory radiates from the 'metropole' (aka the North, First World, Minority World etc) to the 'periphery' (aka the South, Third World, Majority World etc). Even scholars working in the Majority World, she argues, have historically described their part of the world using theory that originates in the 'metropo [...]

    3. Tim Budge

      Great book! Easy to read and presents a clear and comprehensive overview of how sociology from the Centre (or North or Western perspective) has dominated all sociological discourse over the last 100 years or so. She also presents some very interesting alternatives from Periphery (or South), including from Africa, indigenous Australia, India and South America. The last chapter, which is her attempt to argue for a more inclusive or integrated approach is less convincing, or perhaps just needs to b [...]

    4. Janine Gertz

      I found this book to be very interesting! This social theory book presents an argument for a new world order of social science that is not dominated by the discourses of sociology, anthropology, history, psychology, economics and philosophy that have radiated out of the knowledge traditions of the 'North/West'. Its a book written for academia but one that anyone can read because the concepts and arguments are clearly explained and very accessible.

    5. Jasbeer Musthafa

      A recommendable work that successfully dealt with the significance of intellectual inclusiveness, whereby looking beyond and searching meanings beyond the 'Euro-North American intellectual hegemony'!

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