Participating in the Knowledge Society: Researchers Beyond the University Walls

Finnegan, Ruth ed. (2005). Participating in the Knowledge Society: Researchers Beyond the University Walls. Basingstoke: Palgrave-Macmillan.

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Abstract

In current debates about the 'knowledge society' and the organization of 'research', the spotlight is most often on the universities. This interdisciplinary and transhistorical volume focuses on the less often-recognized work of independent researchers creating and participating in knowledge outside the academy, from seventeenth-century north-country astronomers to Victorian naturalists to today's think tanks, community historians and new forms of researching and publishing through the internet. These intriguing cases raise challenging issues about the location, definition, and validation of 'research', about active participation in knowledge-generation, and about the perhaps changing boundaries of the university today.

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