Social scientists often refer to contemporary advanced societies as ‘knowledge societies’, which indicates the extent to which ‘science’, ‘knowledge’ and ‘knowledge production’ have become fundamental phenomena in Western societies and central concerns for the social sciences. This book aims to investigate the political dimension of this production and validation of knowledge.
In studying the relationship between knowledge and politics, this book provides a novel perspective on current debates about ‘knowledge societies’, and offers an interdisciplinary agenda for future research. It addresses four fundamental aspects of the relation between knowledge and politics:
• the ways in which the nature of the knowledge we produce affects the nature of political activity
• how the production of knowledge calls into question fundamental political categories
• how the production of knowledge is governed and managed
• how the new technologies of knowledge produce new forms of political action.
This book will be of interest to students of sociology, political science, cultural studies and science and technology studies.
Introduction: The Politics of Knowledge, Fernando D. Rubio and Patrick Baert 1. The Politics of Public Reason, Sheila Jasanoff 2. The Politics of Non-knowing: An Emerging Area of Social and Political Conflict in Reflexive Modernity, Ulrich Beck and Peter Wehling 3. Technology, Legal Knowledge and Citizenship: On the Care of Locked-in Syndrome Patients, Fernando D. Rubio and Javier Lezaun 4. ‘Step Inside: Knowledge Freely Available’. The Politics of (making) Knowledge-objects, James Leach 5. Informal Knowledge and its Enablements: The Role of the New Technologies, Saskia Sassen 6. Secularisation and the Politics of Religious Knowledge, Bryan S. Turner 7. Social Fluidity: The Politics of a Theoretical Model, Fernando J. García Selgas 8. Collateral Realities, John Law 9. Transforming the Intellectual, Patrick Baert and Alan Shipman