The New Production of Knowledge: The Dynamics of Science and Research in Contemporary Societies

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Michael Gibbons
SAGE, Sep 9, 1994 - Social Science - 179 pages
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In this provocative and broad-ranging work, the authors argue that the ways in which knowledge - scientific, social and cultural - is produced are undergoing fundamental changes at the end of the twentieth century. They claim that these changes mark a distinct shift into a new mode of knowledge production which is replacing or reforming established institutions, disciplines, practices and policies.

Identifying features of the new mode of knowledge production - reflexivity, transdisciplinarity, heterogeneity - the authors show how these features connect with the changing role of knowledge in social relations. While the knowledge produced by research and development in science and technology is accorded central concern, the

 

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Contents

Evolution of Knowledge Production
17
The Marketability and Commercialisation of Knowledge
46
Massification of Research and Education
70
The Case of the Humanities
90
Competitiveness Collaboration and Globalisation
111
Reconfiguring Institutions
137
Towards Managing Socially Distributed Knowledge
155
Glossary
167
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