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Travelling theories

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posted on 23.03.2016, 14:31 by Moya Lloyd
In an essay from 1982, the renowned cultural critic Edward Said explored the idea of travelling theory. ‘[I]deas and theories’, Said suggested, ‘travel – from person to person, from situation to situation, from one period to another’ though the ‘circulation of ideas’ takes different forms, including ‘acknowledged or unconscious influence, creative borrowing, or wholesale appropriation’.1 While they emerge from within particular traditions, and bear the traces of their historical and cultural conditions of production, theories are nevertheless mobile, exported to contexts diverse from their own. The ability of a particular theory or body of ideas to survive over time, or to gain influence in an historical epoch distinct from that in which it originated, might well be attributable to this capacity for travel.

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  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Politics and International Studies

Published in

Redescriptions: Political Thought, Conceptual History and Feminist Theory

Volume

18

Issue

2

Pages

121 - 125

Citation

LLOYD, M., 2015. Travelling theories. Redescriptions: Political Thought, Conceptual History and Feminist Theory, 18 (2), pp.121-125.

Publisher

Manchester University Press

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2016

Notes

The definitive, Version of Record of this article is published in: LLOYD, M., 2015. Travelling theories. Redescriptions: Political Thought, Conceptual History and Feminist Theory, 18 (2), pp.121-125. http://dx.doi.org/10.7227/R.18.2.1. © 2015, M.S. Lloyd. Published by Manchester University Press.

ISSN

2308-0914

eISSN

2308-0906

Language

en

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