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Title: Doing Southern Theory: Towards Alternative Knowledges and Knowledge Practices in/for Education
Contributor(s): Takayama, Keita  (author); Heimans, Stephen  (author)orcid ; Amazan, Rose  (author); Maniam, Vegneskumar  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2016
Open Access: Yes
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Abstract: Debates have been under way for some time over the very nature of 'foundational knowledge' in many social science disciplines. At the core of the debates lies the collapse of the universalist premises of disciplinary knowledge. Many scholars have exposed the highly provincial nature of what has been considered 'theory' and its exclusive process of knowledge production which centres largely on the institutions in the global North (Alatas, 2006a, 2013, Chen 2010; Connell, 2007, 2014, 2015; Mignolo, 2011; de Sousa Santos, 2014). For instance, modernity, the central concept in sociological theorizing, has long been conceptualized as a peculiarly Western social phenomenon, disconnected from its underside, coloniality (Bhambra, 2007; Go, 2013). These critiques have shown how the uneven flows of intellectual influence and the intellectual division of labour, which designates the West as the source of 'theories' and the Rest as 'data mine,' underpins the contemporary geopolitics of academic knowledge. Raewyn Connell's (2007) Southern Theory: The global dynamics of knowledge in social science from which this special issue has taken its cues, has both initiated and emerged out of these ongoing critiques of the state of academic knowledge and its processes of production on a global scale.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Postcolonial Directions in Education, 5(1), p. 1-25
Publisher: University of Malta
Place of Publication: Malta
ISSN: 2304-5388
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 390401 Comparative and cross-cultural education
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 939903 Equity and Access to Education
939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified
939902 Education and Training Theory and Methodology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 160201 Equity and access to education
160302 Pedagogy
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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