We publish concise layperson-friendly versions of PhD and other research theses to bring to a wider audience the ideas and wisdom of people whose master oeuvre may otherwise languish in eternal obscurity in an academic library. The requirements of academic rigour can make theses tedious to wade through, weighed down as they are by unwieldy chapters on methodology and statistics. The ‘potted thesis’ concept is to consign the boring bits to the footnotes, refining the text to convey the kernel of the idea and the meat of the discussion – the bits the author will tell you about at parties.
To aid readers encountering a subject for the first time, our potted theses may include a guest editor’s or the series editor’s clarifications and commentary or questions to the author.
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