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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 more 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 contribu ...more
Paperback, 271 pages
Published November 28th 2007 by Polity Press
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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 ...more
Jul 23, 2011 Malcolm rated it it was amazing
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 crit ...more
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 ...more