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.

This book will be of interest to students of sociology, political science, cultural studies and science and technology studies.

chapter |10 pages

Politics of Knowledge

An introduction
ByFernando Domínguez Rubio, Patrick Baert

chapter |22 pages

The politics of public reason *

BySheila Jasanoff

chapter |25 pages

The politics of non-knowing

An emerging area of social and political conflict in reflexive modernity
ByUlrich Beck, Peter Wehling

chapter |21 pages

Technology, legal knowledge and citizenship

On the care of Locked-in Syndrome patients
ByFernando Domínguez Rubio, Javier Lezaun

chapter |17 pages

‘Step inside: knowledge freely available'

The politics of (making) knowledge-objects
ByJames Leach

chapter |22 pages

Informal knowledge and its enablements

The role of the new technologies
BySaskia Sassen

chapter |17 pages

Secularisation and the politics of religious knowledge

ByBryan S. Turner

chapter |21 pages

Social fluidity

The politics of a theoretical model
ByFernando J. García Selgas

chapter |23 pages

Collateral realities

ByJohn Law

chapter |26 pages

Transforming the intellectual 1

ByPatrick Baert, Alan Shipman