Once treated as the absence of knowledge, ignorance today has become a highly influential topic in its own right, commanding growing attention across the natural and social sciences where a wide range of scholars have begun to explore the social life and political issues involved in the distribution and strategic use of not knowing. The field is growing fast and this handbook reflects this interdisciplinary field of study by drawing contributions from economics, sociology, history, philosophy, cultural studies, anthropology, feminist studies, and related fields in order to serve as a seminal guide to the political, legal and social uses of ignorance in social and political life.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 408
Weight: 885 g
Dimensions: 248 x 171 x 28 mm
The epistemological and political relevance of ignorance has increased in recent years and this has been mirrored in a growing but diverse body of literature concerning relevant phenomena and conceptual perspectives. This Handbook is a milestone in this course of study...shedding light on different approaches and offering an indispensable compass for further investigation. - Stefan Boeschen, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany
It is surprising that when philosophers and sociologists have spilled so much ink on the production of knowledge, they have devoted such sporadic attention to the social life of ignorance. In asking us to rectify our ignorance about ignorance, this volume does nothing less than map out a new field of interdisciplinary inquiry. - Andrew Barry, University College London, UK
"[This handbook] contributes with bravura to the rehabilitation of the field of ignorance studies, and it helps to respond to Karl Weick's (1998) suggestion to organizations and their administrators: `in lieu of seeking more knowledge, organizations should be defined by what they ignore'." Miguel Pina e Cunha, Prometheus: Critical Studies in Innovation, 33:3,pp. 330-334, August 2016.