New knowledge and the university

Hall, M 2009, 'New knowledge and the university' , Anthropology Southern Africa, 32 (1/2) , pp. 69-76.

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What forms of knowledge have legitimacy in the contemporary university? By using Actor-Network Theory to unravel the strands in a recent dispute about access to skeletons from a burial ground in Cape Town. This paper shows how circulating systems of references connect institutions, historical trajectories and differing sets of interests to form competing knowledge systems. Rather than falling back on a defence of established disciplines and academic authority, it is argued that there are considerable benefits in recognising the importance and validity of knowledge generated 'in community', and in the course of political discourse. Rather than undermining truth, such an approach will result in both better science and more in formed community action.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > No Research Centre
Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Journal or Publication Title: Anthropology Southern Africa
Publisher: Foundation for Education Science & Technology
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0258-0144
Depositing User: AL Sherwin
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2009 10:15
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 09:01

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