Speculating on theory: towards a political economy of academic publishing

Barnett, Clive and Murray, Low (1996). Speculating on theory: towards a political economy of academic publishing. Area, 28(1) pp. 13–24.

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Abstract

In the context of the rapid turnover of theory in geography, this paper treats theory as a commodity in relation to academic publishing and argues that translation is a constructive process by which new products circulate in international academic arenas. Results from a preliminary analysis of the translation of French writing are presented and some links between changing practice in the academic publishing industry and changes in intellectual agendas are hypothesised.

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