Taking theory seriously …

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dc.contributor.author Vale, Peter Christopher Julius
dc.contributor.author Mare, Gerhard
dc.date.accessioned 2021-10-11T14:46:08Z
dc.date.available 2021-10-11T14:46:08Z
dc.date.issued 2020-12
dc.description.abstract Some years ago, one of us raised an abstract point with one of the denizens of South Africa’s policy community. The aim was not to expose the issue at hand to the rich array of thinking theoretically that has flourished in recent times – theory from the South, identity, feminism, environmentalism and the like. No. The intervention mildly critiqued the assumptions that lay behind the idea of regional security in the sub-continent. The dismissive response revealed a low threshold for the world of ideas – let alone, the act of theorising – in policy discourse. ‘The problem with you, Professor’, the expert opined, ‘is that the kind of question you always ask, doesn’t get us very far’. It hasn’t always been the case that the raising of ideas branded one as the philistine at an ambassador’s lunch-table where this particular encounter took place. en_ZA
dc.description.department Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship en_ZA
dc.description.librarian hj2021 en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/transformation en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Vale, P.C.J. & Mare, G. 2020, 'Taking theory seriously …', Transformation: Critical Perspectives on Southern Africa, vol. 104, pp. 125-134, doi: 10.1353/trn.2020.0038. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1726-1368 (online)
dc.identifier.issn 0258-7696 (print)
dc.identifier.other 10.1353/trn.2020.0038
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/82082
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Public Affairs Research Institute en_ZA
dc.rights Public Affairs Research Institute en_ZA
dc.subject Policy en_ZA
dc.subject Politics en_ZA
dc.subject South Africa (SA) en_ZA
dc.subject Local intellectual history en_ZA
dc.subject Public discourse en_ZA
dc.subject Public policy en_ZA
dc.title Taking theory seriously … en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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