Southern Theory Social Science and the Global Dynamics of Knowledge

ISBN-10: 0745642497

ISBN-13: 9780745642499

Edition: 2007

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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 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.
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Polity Press
Publication date: 11/28/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Raewyn Connell is University Chair at the University of Sydney.

Introduction
Acknowledgments
Northern theory
Empire and the creation of a social science
Modern general theory and its hidden assumptions
Imagining globalisation
Looking south
The discovery of Australia
Southern theory
Indigenous knowledge and African Renaissance
Islam and Western dominance
Dependency, autonomy and culture
Power, violence and the pain of colonialism
Antipodean reflections
The silence of the land
Social science on a world scale
References
Index
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