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Vale, Peter and Thakur, Vineet (2015) ''Out in the dark': knowledge, power and IPE in southern Africa.' Contexto Internacional, 37 (3). pp. 1011-1040.

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Benjamin Cohen's disciplinary history of international political economy (IPE) begins with the premise that Africa has had little to contribute to this global discipline. Differing from this view, we argue that disciplinary histories such as Cohen's elide the relationship between the discipline and its field. It is only through the juxtaposition of knowledge, power and politics that we can arrive at a fuller historical understanding of theinternational political economy. We further argue that political economy as an intellectual project has been central to the creation of the political economy of southern Africa. In a historical narrative of this idea in this region, we demonstrate that states and markets have remained prisoners of their mainstream intellectual manifestations, although subversive lives of political economy persist in some critical corners.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: International Political Economy; Southern Africa; Intellectual History; Regimes; Ideology
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Politics & International Studies
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > Department of Politics and International Studies
ISSN: 19820240
Copyright Statement: This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) License
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Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2017 15:42

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