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Author May, Tim, 1957- author

Title Cities and the knowledge economy : promise, politics and possibilities / Tim May and Beth Perry
Published Abingdon, Oxon : Routledge, 2018
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Series Science in society series
Science in society series.
Contents Machine generated contents note: Promise, politics and possibilities -- The structure of the book -- References -- pt. I Promise -- 1. The knowledge economy -- Introduction -- The promise emerges -- Knowledge, strategy and policy -- Policy targets for knowledge-based success -- Codified, commodified and tacit expertise -- Summary: Mediating the knowledge economy -- References -- 2. Cities as sites of intervention -- Introduction -- Embracing the urban promise -- Forging the knowledge city -- Convergence and divergence in knowledge-based development -- City strategies in the knowledge economy -- Summary: Mediating knowledge-based urban development -- References -- pt. II Politics -- 3. Game of scales -- Introduction -- The global race for success -- Context or content? Ambivalence in action -- Winners and losers in the game of scales -- Place, inequality and experimentation
Searching for the ̀real' university -- Difference, resistance and transformation -- Forging a critical, engaged research practice -- Participation and possibility: Ambivalence in action -- Summary: Spaces of mediating relations -- References -- 8. Organising for participative futures -- Introduction -- Beyond knowledge for the ̀economy' -- Boundaries: The why, how and what of knowledge -- Changing contexts: Contextualisation, uncertainty and complexity -- Wicked problems, just outcomes? -- Social scientific knowledge in action -- Active intermediation and reflexive spaces -- Summary: Mobilising social science to inform possibility -- References
Summary Cities and the Knowledge Economy is an in-depth, interdisciplinary, international and comparative examination of the relationship between knowledge and urban development in the contemporary era. Through the lenses of promise, politics and possibility, it examines how the knowledge economy has arisen, how different cities have sought to realise its potential, how universities play a role in its realisation and, overall, what this reveals about the relationship between politics, capitalism, space, place and knowledge in cities. The book argues that the 21st century city has been predicated on particular circuits of knowledge that constitute expertise as residing in elite and professional epistemic communities. In contrast, alternative conceptions of the knowledge society are founded on assumptions which take analysis, deliberation, democracy and the role of the citizen and communities of practice seriously. Drawing on a range of examples from cities around the world, the book reflects on these possibilities and asks what roles the practice of 'active intermediation', the university and a critical and engaged social scientific practice can all play in this process. The book is aimed at researchers and students from different disciplines - geography, politics, sociology, business studies, economics and planning - with interests in contemporary urbanism and the role of knowledge in understanding development, as well as urban policymakers, politicians and practitioners who are concerned with the future of our cities and seek to create coalitions of different communities oriented towards more just and sustainable futures
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject City planning.
Knowledge economy.
Form Electronic book
Author Perry, Beth, author
ISBN 1317609433 (electronic bk.)
9781317609438 (electronic bk.)