Southern Theories: Contemporary and Future Challenges

Oliver Mutanga (Editor), Tendayi Marovah (Editor)

Research output: Book/ReportBook


Addressing the long-standing preponderance of Global North scholarship, this edited volume endeavours to challenge and diversify the discourse by foregrounding indigenous philosophies and concepts from the Global South. The volume underscores the imperative of integrating Southern theories and perspectives into the global development dialogue to foster a more inclusive and sustainable future. By redressing the marginalisation of these philosophies and concepts and championing their contributions across various domains, the book aspires to cultivate a diverse and inclusive academic discourse. The amalgamation of Southern theories is indispensable for identifying culturally relevant and context-specific solutions to pressing global challenges, such as education, pandemics, environmental degradation, migration and refugees, and other social disparities. This scholarly imbalance engenders two critical concerns: the marginalization of Southern scholars' perspectives in global development conversations, and the misrepresentation of the realities of people from the Global South when interpreted through Western theoretical paradigms. Drawing from a gamut of disciplines, encompassing environmental studies, sociology, gender studies, and education, the book offers an exhaustive exploration of the Southern context, organised thematically. Southern theories, including Animism, Buddhism, Buen Vivir, Dao, Qi, Ubuntu, and Zapatista pedagogy, are scrutinised for their potential to address challenges across diverse fields. Contributors proffer their personal reflections, experiences, and case studies, accentuating the significance of Southern theories in addressing contemporary and future challenges. By showcasing the relevance and applicability of indigenous philosophies in addressing local and global challenges, this volume not only amplifies marginalised voices but also fosters a more inclusive and culturally sensitive approach to policymaking. This work serves as a catalyst for continued research, dialogue, and collaboration among scholars, practitioners, and policymakers interested in incorporating heterogeneous and contextually relevant perspectives into their work.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
ISBN (Print)9781032415970
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2023


Dive into the research topics of 'Southern Theories: Contemporary and Future Challenges'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this