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Territories of Knowledge: The Deterritoralization and Reterritorialization of the Social Sciences

Smith, Mark J. (2005). Territories of Knowledge: The Deterritoralization and Reterritorialization of the Social Sciences. International Studies in Philosophy, 37(2) pp. 159–180.

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Abstract

Shifts in the terms of reference of knowledge production have often been characterized as revolutionary transformations akin to conversion experiences, in part, because they fit with the historical narrative of periods of stability punctuated by sudden breaks or epistemological ruptures. In addition, such devices are usually inflected through a 'march of progress' in understanding the assemblages of social knowledge. The analysis of territoriality developed by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari provides an effective conceptual vocabulary for understanding the complex shifts in academic discourse and the construction of knowledge in the context of application whilst retaining the indeterminacy and contingency of 'the social' - that knowledge production and consumption is a social activity.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 0270-5664
Keywords: territoriality; knowledge; new production of knowledge; complexity; intellectuals; subject poistions; transdisciplinary; epistemology;
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Politics and International Studies
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Item ID: 12171
Depositing User: Mark J. Smith
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2008 21:58
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2012 15:13
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/12171
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