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Sociology Departmental Seminar

Date: 19 February 2008 Time: 4.15 - 6:00

'Knowing Capitalism: The Return of Community'

The paper looks at why a new discourse of organisation by community has emerged in thinking about knowledge capitalism. It begins by explaining why capitalism and community are not in conflict, but stresses that it is the discursive power of 'community' in moulding corporate practice that needs to be noted, serving as it does to guide organisation and conceal the many anti-societal outcomes of capitalism. The paper then goes on to critically examine claims regarding the centrality of communities of practice in unlocking pragmatic knowledge. Different types of situated practice are identified, not all reducible to practices of community. The paper concludes with some observations on

the heterarchical nature of knowledge capitalism, centred around the competition of evaluative principles and anticipatory knowing.

Ash Amin (Department of Geography, Durham University)


VENUE: IAS Meeting Room 2/3


Who can attend: Anyone


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