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Haunting the Knowledge Economy

1st Edition

By Jane Kenway, Elizabeth Bullen, Johannah Fahey, Simon Robb


148 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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This highly original book provides an engaging and critical introduction to the knowledge economy. The knowledge economy is a potent force pervading global and national policy circles. Yet few people outside the field of economics understand its central ideas and practices. This book makes these accessible. But it does much more.

It provokes 'conversations' between the knowledge economy and those marginalized economies that haunt it: the risk, gift, libidinal and survival economies. These illuminate the knowledge economy's shortcomings and point to alternative possible systems of exchange and sets of values. This multi-disciplinary study takes the knowledge economy out of the hands of the economists and brings it into creative tension with the ideas of key thinkers from sociology, anthropology, philosophy and ecology.

Illustrating the benefits of conversing with the ghosts of alternative economies, this provocative book will unsettle the way in which the knowledge economy is understood.

Groundbreaking and globally applicable, it has been authored by internationally respected authors and its conceptual breadth pertains to a range of disciplines and gives it its wide appeal.

Table of Contents

Foreshadowing 1. The Knowledge Economy 2. The Risk Economy 3. The Gift Economy 4. The Libidinal Economy 5. The Survival Economy. Foreboding?

About the Authors

Jane Kenway holds a Chair in Global Education Studies in the Education Faculty, Monash University, Australia. Her latest books include her co-authored Masculinity Beyond the Metropolis, (2006) and Consuming Children: Entertainment-Advertising-Education, (2002). She has also co-edited Innovation and Tradition: the Arts, Humanities and the Knowledge Economy, (2004) and Globalizing Education: Policies, Pedagogies, and Politics,(2005).

Elizabeth Bullen is a Lecturer in the School of Communication and Creative Arts, Arts Faculty, Deakin University, Australia. Her research interests include gender, globalization and consumption practices. She is co-author of Consuming Children: Entertainment-Advertising-Education, (2002) and co-editor of Innovation and Tradition: The Arts, Humanities and the Knowledge Economy, (2004).

Johannah Fahey is a writer and academic. She is a Research Fellow in the Education Faculty, Monash University, Australia. Her research interests include poststructuralism, postcolonialism, globalization and contemporary Australian visual arts. Her latest book is Before and Now: David Noonan, (2005). Her forthcoming co-authored book with Jane Kenway is Globalising the Research Imagination, (Routledge).

Simon Robb is Research Fellow at the Hawke Institute, University of South Australia. His research interests include literary theory and social sustainability. He is co-editor of Innovation and Tradition: The Arts, Humanities and the Knowledge Economy (2004) and author of the experimental history The Hulk (2003).

About the Series

International Library of Sociology

The International Library of Sociology (ILS) is the most important series of books on sociology ever published. Founded in the 1940s by Karl Mannheim, the series became the forum for pioneering research and theory, marked by comparative approaches and the identification of new directions in sociology, publishing major figures in Anglo-American and European sociology, from Durkheim and Weber to Parsons and Gouldner, and from Ossowski and Klein to Jasanoff and Walby.

Its new editors, John Holmwood (University of Nottingham, UK) and Vineeta Sinha (National University of Singapore), plan to develop the series as a truly global project, reflecting new directions and contributions outside its traditional centres, and connecting with the original aim of the series to produce sociological knowledge that addresses pressing global social problems and supports democratic debate.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / Comparative
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General