Unequal Peers. the Politics of Discourse Mpilo Pearl Sithole

ISBN: 9780798302203

Published: November 1st 2009

Paperback

106 pages


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Unequal Peers. the Politics of Discourse  by  Mpilo Pearl Sithole

Unequal Peers. the Politics of Discourse by Mpilo Pearl Sithole
November 1st 2009 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 106 pages | ISBN: 9780798302203 | 10.54 Mb

Peer review plays an important role in academic practice. By definition, it implies a frank and equal intellectual exchange between scholars with similar capabilities. But does this happen in practice? And what are the consequences? Among otherMorePeer review plays an important role in academic practice. By definition, it implies a frank and equal intellectual exchange between scholars with similar capabilities. But does this happen in practice? And what are the consequences?

Among other things, peer review regulates who gets published in academic journals - and who doesnt. In this provocative book, the author examines whether the peer review process meets these expectations in practice. She does so by publishing three essays which she submitted to academic journals, and were rejected, together with comments by the (anonymous) reviewers, and their subsequent correspondence. In an accompanying analysis, she finds that, far from maintaining equality between reviewer and reviewed, the peer review process is dominated by scholars allied to Western models of knowledge production, who use their gateway positions to marginalise and discourage African schools of thought.

Trenchantly, she concludes that, in its current guise, peer review is encouraging dwarfed knowledge production, and hampering its transformation in South Africa and elsewhere.



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