Collateral realities

Law, John (2011). Collateral realities. In: Dominguez Rubio, Fernando and Baert, Patrick eds. The Politics of Knowledge. London: Routledge, pp. 156–178.



[About the book]

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.

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