International Relations in South Africa: A Case of ‘Add Africa and Stir’?


Show simple item record Smith, Karen 2016-09-07T09:19:39Z 2016-09-07T09:19:39Z 2013
dc.identifier 10.1080/02589346.2013.856565
dc.identifier.citation Smith, K. (2013). International Relations in South Africa: A Case of ‘Add Africa and Stir’?. Politikon, 40(3), 533-544. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0258-9346 en_ZA
dc.description.abstract This article presents a reflection on the state of the discipline of International Relations (IR) in South Africa, focusing specifically on questions about its theoretical content and ‘Africanness’. The country’s unique history continues to have a significant impact on the development of the discipline and the type of research conducted, with security and foreign policy remaining the core of the field. It is contended that, despite significant advancements over the past decade, the discipline remains theoretically underdeveloped. The demand of policy relevance that continues to constrain scholars is viewed as one of the main contributing factors to this state of affairs, and is discussed in some detail. While the subject matter of IR in South Africa—both in terms of research and teaching—is predominantly African, the approach—both theoretically and methodologically, remains largely western-centric. South African scholars are challenged to problematise existing understandings of IR and to interrogate the applicability of western-centric concepts and theories to Africa. en_ZA
dc.language eng en_ZA
dc.publisher Taylor & Francis en_ZA
dc.source Politikon en_ZA
dc.title International Relations in South Africa: A Case of ‘Add Africa and Stir’? en_ZA
dc.type Journal Article en_ZA
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Article en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of Political Studies en_ZA
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