When it comes to researching South-South relationships, a powerful political imperative underpins studies of such relationships—an imperative that seems to always point northwards in one way or another. This imperative sometimes leads to the application of pre-existing theories to studies of circulation between different parts of the world and of the roles of the individuals driving these circulations. When, regardless of the situation in question, we must always identify a dominator and a dominated party, a predator and a victim, a colonizer and a colonial subject, we risk developing a historical picture that is incomplete or distorted. Promoting studies into South-South circulation is something of an experiment, one that consists in first imagining configurations that differ from those proposed by postcolonial theory, in order to work more freely, whilst nonetheless allowing ourselves to return to such approaches at a later stage.

hen it comes to researching South-South relationships,


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