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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Latest Issue Table of Contents

Volume 67 (2020): Issue 164 (Sep 2020)

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

Managing Editor: Sherran Clarence, Rhodes University, South Africa

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

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

Editor Emeritus: Raphael De Kadt

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


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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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