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ISBN-10: 0226820386
ISBN-13: 9780226820385
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
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Knowledge Flows in a Global Age: A Transnational Approach

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A transnational approach to understanding and analyzing knowledge circulation.

Focusing on what happens to knowledge at national borders, rather than treating it as flowing like currents across them, or diffusing out from center to periphery, the contributors to this collection stress the human intervention that shapes and drives how knowledge is processed, mobilized, and repurposed in transnational transactions to serve differing and uneven interests, constraints, and environments. The chapters consider both what knowledge travels and how it travels across borders of varying permeability that impede or facilitate its movement. They look closely at a vast range of platforms and objects of knowledge, from tangible commodities–like hybrid wheat seeds, penicillin, Robusta coffee, naval weaponry, and high-performance computers–to the more conceptual apparatuses of telecommunications, statistics, and food sovereignty. Moreover, this volume decenters the Global North, tracking how knowledge moves along multiple paths across the borders of Mexico, India, Portugal, Guinea-Bissau, the Soviet Union, China, Angola, and Palestine and the West Bank, as well as the United States and United Kingdom. The variety of the kinds of knowledge addressed in the chapters brings forth an extraordinary array of state and non-state actors and institutions committed to performing the work needed to move knowledge across national borders.

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"Krige and his collaborators have assembled a powerful array of studies that reconfigure conventional narratives about how knowledge flows. Divided among historical case studies related in some way or another to national and economic security, on the one hand, and agricultural exchanges, on the other, the volume avoids the usual binaries of Global North and Global South–or of guns and butter–emphasizing the efforts to block, shape, or redirect the flow of knowledge. The cast of characters and the variety of regions is massively expanded, to excellent effect."–Michael D. Gordin, Princeton University
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ISBN-10: 0226820386
ISBN-13: 9780226820385
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 06/07/2022
Dimensions: 0.00" L, 0.00" W, 0.00" H
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