Apartheid of Thought The Power Dynamics of Knowledge Production in Political Thought

Camilla Boisen, Matthew C. Murray

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In engaging with Lawrence Hamilton’s Freedom Is Power and its
position in the lexicon of academic production from the Global South, this
paper explores how Hamilton’s claim about institutions utilising idealised concepts that can have counterproductive social effects is also broadly observable in knowledge production itself. This paper draws in broad and brief terms how representation of ideas has been an issue at the heart of political thought historically before discussing how ideas from the South and other under-represented areas now serve to counter not just a hegemony of power but of ideas themselves. This is a necessary extension of the theory to consider, in order to have its desired effect as ideas are perquisites to actions. The paper also challenges the reader with their role in idealising the production of knowledge and the underlying social pressures and political power relations that shape the ideas that motivate ‘real’ political structures and institutions
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41 - 55
JournalTheoria – Journal of Social and Political Theory
Issue number150
StatePublished - 2017


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