Reflections on Binary Thinking

  • Michael Bourdillon
  • Sylvia Meichsner
  • Afua Twum-Danso Imoh
Part of the Palgrave Studies on Children and Development book series (PSCD)


The editors reflect on the nature of binary thinking arising in various forms in chapters presented in this volume. While related pairs of binary opposites enable the structuring of human experience, such thinking can be misleading if we fail to move beyond it. The chapter points to the need to discriminate in how to use this kind of classification. It points to both the necessity and the difficulty in overcoming the North–South divide in the current academic climate.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Bourdillon
    • 1
  • Sylvia Meichsner
    • 2
  • Afua Twum-Danso Imoh
    • 2
  1. 1.African Studies Centre LeidenUniversity of ZimbabweHarareZimbabwe
  2. 2.Department of Sociological StudiesUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldUK

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