A Journal of Social and Political Theory

Editor-in-Chief: Lawrence Hamilton, University of the Witwatersrand and University of Cambridge

Subjects: Social and Political Theory, Literature, Philosophy, History

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Thank you Theoria 2019 Reviewers

Volume 67 / 2020, 4 issues per volume (March, June, September, December)

Aims & Scope

Theoria is an engaged, multidisciplinary and peer-reviewed journal of social and political theory. Published every quarter, its purpose is to address, through academic debate, the many challenges posed by the major social, political and economic forces that shape the contemporary world, especially but not only with regard to Africa, the global South, and their relations with the global North. Theoria wishes to promote discussion of and writing about social and political theory in any form and from any time and place, regardless of ideological perspective and methodological approach. It is particularly interested in how modern systems of power, and traditional and emergent forms of politics, bear on the central questions in social and political theory, such as democracy, freedom, equality, justice, race, gender and identity.

The journal publishes full and original articles, review essays and book reviews. 

"Theoria is a journal which does not shy from the daunting task of dealing with issues which are not only increasingly complex but for which we no longer can make easy appeal to the certainty of foundations to answer. It deals with global issues in an authentically global way - it is interdisciplinary and intercultural in the very best sense of those terms and it understands that theory is one of the most important practices in which we can engage." —Professor James Buchanan, Xavier University


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  • Bibliometric Research Indicator List (BFI) – Level 2
  • British Humanities Index (Proquest)
  • Dietrich's Index Philosophicus (De Gruyter)
  • Emerging Sources Citation Index (Web of Science)
  • Electronic Current Contents of Periodicals on the Middle East (Dayan Center)
  • European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS)
  • Geobase (Elsevier)
  • Humanities International Complete (Ebsco)
  • Index to Jewish Periodicals
  • Index to South African Periodicals (National Library of South Africa)
  • International Bibliography of Social Sciences (IBSS)
  • Left Index (Ebsco)
  • MLA Directory of Periodicals
  • MLA International Bibliography
  • Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers
  • Periodicals Acquisitions (ProQuest)
  • Periodicals Index Online (ProQuest)
  • The Philosopher’s Information Center
  • Political Science Complete (Ebsco)
  • Social Sciences Abstracts (Ebsco)
  • Social Sciences Index (Ebsco)
  • Social Services Abstracts (ProQuest)
  • SocINDEX (Ebsco)
  • Sociological Abstracts (ProQuest)
  • United States Political Science Documents (ProQuest)
  • Worldwide Political Science Abstracts (ProQuest)

Editor-in-Chief: Lawrence Hamilton, University of the Witwatersrand and University of Cambridge

Managing Editor: Sherran Clarence, Rhodes University

Chris Allsobrook, University of Fort Hare
Camilla Boisen, New York University, Abu Dhabi
Roger Deacon, University of KwaZulu-Natal
Christine Hobden, University of Fort Hare
Ayesha Omar, University of the Witwatersrand
Laurence Piper, University of the Western Cape and University West

Reviews Editors 
Jérémie Barthas, CNRS (IHMC)
Michael Onyebuchi Eze, University of Cambridge

Editor Emeritus: Raphael De Kadt

Editorial Consultants
Barbara Adam, Cardiff University
Pal Ahluwalia, University of the South Pacific
Kwame Anthony Appiah, New York University
Ronald Aronson, Wayne State University
Christopher Ballantine, University of KwaZulu-Natal
Kenneth Baynes, Syracuse University
James Bohman, University of Canberra
James Buchanan, Xavier University
Stephen Chan, University of London
Joshua Cohen, Stanford University
Frank Cunningham, University of Toronto
Fred Dallmayr, University of Notre Dame
Andre du Toit, University of Cape Town
Johannes Fedderke, Penn State
Raymond Geuss, University of Cambridge
Daryl Glaser, University of Witwatersrand
Charles Griswold, Boston University
Michael Jackson, University of Sydney
Jaeho Kang, Seoul National University
Robert Klitgaard, Claremont Graduate University
Peter Mayer, University of Adelaide
Andrew Nash, University of Cape Town
Njabulo S Ndebele, University of Johannesburg
Marcos Nobre, Cebrap, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Pitika Ntuli, University of KwaZulu-Natal
Claus Offe, Hertie School of Governance
David Papineau, University of London
Jennifer Robinson, University College London
Ian Shapiro, Yale University
Charles Simkins, Helen Suzman Foundation
Jack Spence, University of London
Bassam Tibi, Göttingen Universität
Ajume Wingo, University of Colorado, Boulder
Christopher Zurn, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Peter Vale, University of Johannesburg


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Ethics Statement

Authors published in Theoria certify that their works are original and their own. The editors certify that all materials, with the possible exception of editorial introductions, book reviews and some types of commentary, have been subjected to double-blind peer review by qualified scholars in the field. While the publishers and the editorial board make every effort to see that no inaccurate or misleading data, opinions or statements appear in this journal, they wish to make clear that the data and opinions appearing in the articles herein are the sole responsibility of the contributor concerned. For a more detailed explanation concerning these qualifications and responsibilities, please see the complete Theoria ethics statement.

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