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This paper reviews claims for the knowledge economy and the changed
significance of knowledge. It proposes a theory of public knowledge cultures to chart
a new understanding of the pervasiveness and economies of scale of information
and its status as a code for economies and wider social and...
The original scientific socialist prognosis provides a powerful point of
departure for re-thinking socialism in the 21st century. However, from its 19th century
vantage-point, it falls short of predicting capitalism’s final stages and decisively
underestimates the contingency of social change....
In his famous lines: “No man is an island...” from the Devotions on
Emergent Occasions, John Donne offers a poetic reflection on the intimate connection
of all human beings. The contrasting imagery of the island and the sea, the
continent from which no clod of earth can be washed away without...
This article engages with theories about the art of living and the good
life, especially Schmid’s concept “Lebenskunst”, as well as with relevant findings
from positive psychology, taking an educational point of view. An argument is made
that it is important for education to refocus on the lives...
This paper argues for the re-conceptualization of 21st century education
as a boundary encounter rather than as a kind of border-crossing experience. Drawing
on the insights of Mikhail Bakhtin and members of his “circles,” boundaries are
presented as opportunities to meet “other.” They are...
In “Academic Field Reflexivity,” Susanne Maria Weber addresses
the university as an institutionalized and cultural setting. Following a sociological
view on social and cultural inequalities in educational fields of power, University
and Higher Education is being analyzed regarding the “hidden...
The purpose of this paper is to supplement existing studies that have
explored Foucault’s “Marxist” inclinations by means of a focused consideration of
the thought of the person who challenged Foucault with an entirely different version
of Marxism – his friend and mentor, Louis Althusser. My...
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