Visit the Berghahn Journals online platform here! Berghahn Books Logo

berghahn New York · Oxford



A Journal of Social and Political Theory

Aims & Scope

Vol 64 (2017) Thank You


Afro-Communitarian Rights

Visit the new Theoria website here!

Theoria is an engaged, multidisciplinary and peer-reviewed journal of social and political theory. Published every quarter, its purpose is to address, through academic debate, the many challenges posed by the major social, political and economic forces that shape the contemporary world, especially but not only with regard to Africa, the global South, and their relations with the global North. Theoria wishes to promote discussion of and writing about social and political theory in any form and from any time and place, regardless of ideological perspective and methodological approach. It is particularly interested in how modern systems of power, and traditional and emergent forms of politics, bear on the central questions in social and political theory, such as democracy, freedom, equality, justice, race, gender and identity.

The journal publishes full and original articles, review essays and book reviews. 

"Theoria is a journal which does not shy from the daunting task of dealing with issues which are not only increasingly complex but for which we no longer can make easy appeal to the certainty of foundations to answer. It deals with global issues in an authentically global way - it is interdisciplinary and intercultural in the very best sense of those terms and it understands that theory is one of the most important practices in which we can engage." —Professor James Buchanan, Xavier University

Theoria is available on JSTOR!

Subjects: Social and Political Theory, Literature, Philosophy, History

Forthcoming Issue

Number 154, March 2018


What’s a Political Theorist to Do? Rawls, the Fair Value of the Basic Political Liberties, and the Collapse of the Distinction Between ‘Ideal’ and ‘Nonideal’ Theory
Susan Orr and James Johnson

Whites Cannot Be Black: A Bikoist Challenge To Professor Xolela Mangcu
Keolebogile Mbebe

A Critique of Liberal Universalism: The Concept of Secular Philosophical Grounding
Jaan S. Islam

Contesting Paradigms in Society’s Poverty Alleviation and Developmental Arena: Theoretical Debates on Agency
Sunday Paul Chinazo Onwuegbuchulam and Khondlo Mtshali

The Artist in a Positivist Academy: Bridging the Artist-Scholar Divide
Ibanga B. Ikpe

Contestation at a South African University through the Lens of Democratic Theory: Five Exercises
Daryl Glaser

Get Email Updates