Two new publications on Southern theory themes:
Takayama, Keita, Arathi Sriprakash and Raewyn Connell. 2016. Toward a postcolonial comparative and international education. Comparative Education Review, vol. 61 no. S2, published online 27 December 2016, OPEN ACCESS at: http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/toc/cer/0/0
This is how it begins:
A moment of deep reflection. We have put together this special issue to initiate dialogue about the active colonial legacies within the field of Comparative and International Education (CIE), and to show ways of working beyond them. Readers might wonder how CIE, which celebrates and tries to understand the diversity of education around the world, can continue to be influenced by colonial histories and Eurocentrism. In this extended introduction, we explain why coloniality remains a significant challenge to the field and how articles in this collection engage with this challenge. We hope readers will join us in a major rethinking of the norms and knowledge about difference, comparison and research that have been inherited from the field’s history.
Connell, Raewyn, Fran Collyer, João Maia and Robert Morrell. 2016. Toward a global sociology of knowledge: post-colonial realities and intellectual practices. International Sociology, published online November 2016, DOI: 10.1177/0268580916676913, at: http://iss.sagepub.com/content/early/2016/11/15/0268580916676913.full.pdf+html
Here’s the abstract:
This article discusses changing social perspectives on knowledge, from the old sociology of knowledge to current post-colonial debates. The authors propose an approach that sees knowledge not as an abstract social construction but as the product of specific forms of social labour, showing the ontoformativity of social practice that creates reality through historical time. Research in three southern-tier countries examines knowledge workers and their labour process, knowledge institutions including workplaces and communication systems, economic strategies and the resourcing of knowledge work and workforces. This research shows in detail the contested hegemony of the global metropole in domains of knowledge. It reveals forms of negotiation that reshape knowledge production, and shows the importance for knowledge workers of the dynamics of global change.