The Open UniversitySkip to content

Living on thin abstractions: more power/economic knowledge

Allen, John (2002). Living on thin abstractions: more power/economic knowledge. Environment and Planning A, 34(3) pp. 451–466.

Full text available as:
PDF (Accepted Manuscript) - Requires a PDF viewer such as GSview, Xpdf or Adobe Acrobat Reader
Download (193kB)
DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link:
Google Scholar: Look up in Google Scholar


Debates over the role of knowledge and know-how as key economic assets in the contemporary economy, although far from new, are now increasingly couched in terms of a new-found economic immateriality which allows for their costless reproduction and widespread geographical dissemination. In the rush to tie down and reproduce economic know-how in abstract codifiable form, it has become almost baffling to argue that our stock of economic knowledge may rest upon affects as much as analysis, expressive symbolism as much as abstract symbolism. This paper is an attempt to think through how such 'elusive' economic knowledges may be grasped, yet neither formalized nor codified in abstract terms. It is also a plea to consider the geography of economic knowledge outside of the tacit - explicit distinction.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2002 Pion
ISSN: 1472-3409
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
Item ID: 4277
Depositing User: Users 6043 not found.
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2006
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2019 02:39
Share this page:


Altmetrics from Altmetric

Citations from Dimensions

Download history for this item

These details should be considered as only a guide to the number of downloads performed manually. Algorithmic methods have been applied in an attempt to remove automated downloads from the displayed statistics but no guarantee can be made as to the accuracy of the figures.

Actions (login may be required)

Policies | Disclaimer

© The Open University   contact the OU