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Knowledge and Global Power

Making New Sciences in the South


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Knowledge and Global Power by Fran Collyer
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Knowledge and Global Power is a ground-breaking, large-scale international study which examines the processes and politics by which knowledge is produced, distributed and validated globally. Identifying how the former colonial nations of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries - the rich countries of Europe and North America - continue to dominate the global knowledge economy, Fran Collyer, Raewyn Connell, Joao Maia and Robert Morrell examine how these institutionalised power relations continue to affect the opportunities and experiences of knowledge producers in both `Northern' nations and the majority world of the global `South'. The working lives of `Southern' researchers in new, socially and politically important research fields, which traverse the disciplinary spectrum (HIV/AIDS, climate change and gender studies), are shown to demonstrate emphatically that `place matters', in ways that will profoundly affect future understandings and discussions of research, scholarship and knowledge itself. But it also shows that knowledge workers in the global South have room to move, setting agendas and forming local knowledge.

Author Biography

Associate Professor Fran Collyer is a sociologist at the University of Sydney. Her recent books include Mapping the Sociology of Health and Medicine (2012), for which she won the Stephen Crook Memorial Award for the best Australian monograph 2014, and the Palgrave Handbook of Social Theory in Health, Illness and Medicine (2015). Raewyn Connell is Professor Emerita at the University of Sydney and is one of Australias leading social scientists. Her work has been translated into nineteen languages, and she is a long-term participant in the labour and peace movements. Her recent books are Southern Theory (2007), about social thought beyond the global metropole; Gender: In World Perspective (with Rebecca Pearse, 2015); and El genero en serio: Cambio global, vida personal, luchas sociales (2015). Joao Maia teaches in the School of Social Sciences (CPDOC) at Fundacao Getulio Vargas, Rio de Janeiro. He researches the history of social sciences, Brazilian social thought and sociological theory in the Global South. His recent work in English has appeared in Current Sociology and International Sociology.
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November 1st, 2018
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Monash University Publishing
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