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Metaphor and the Dynamics of Knowledge

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Metaphor and the Dynamics of Knowledge by Sabine Maasen
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A striking characteristic of modern knowledge society is the rapid spread of certain ideas and concepts back and forth from everyday to scientific discourses, and across many different contexts of meaning. This book opens up a new road to the study of these 'dynamics of knowledge'. Sociologists of knowledge and recently evolutionary theorists have offered explanations that either attribute social attention to particular ideas or shifts of meaning to the predominance of certain groups. Maasen and Weingart, however, offer a radical new explanation that explores knowledge dynamics by reference to the interaction between metaphors and discourses. The study focuses on three major case studies: the spread of Darwin's phrase 'struggle for existence' in the popularizing literature in turn of the century Germany the reception of Thomas Kuhn's Structure of Scientific Revolution and its identification with the term 'paradigm' in the sciences and humanities the diffusion of the concept of 'chaos' from scientific to everyday discourses In its innovative theoretical approach and rich empirical analysis this book will be of vital interest to social and cognitive scientists alike
Release date NZ
December 21st, 2000
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
1
Imprint
Routledge
Pages
196
Dimensions
156x234x14
ISBN-13
9780415208024
Product ID
1679626

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