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Knowledge, Communication and Creativity

Knowledge, Communication and Creativity

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208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Knowledge, communication, and creativity are obsessions of contemporary modern societies. The rhetoric of information, imagination, improvisation and play have invaded our daily lives and work spaces. However, little attention has been paid to the sociological relationships among these elements, let alone their impacts as processes driving social change. This book offers penetrating explorations into the creative processes that are tied to knowledge production, shedding new light on:
  • The impact of a general increase in knowledge on individuals, lifestyles, institutions and technologies
  • How new communication and information technologies are transforming social relationships, communities and the international public sphere
  • Understanding the ties between creativity, communication and the production of knowledge
This book is critical reading for anyone interested in understanding the Knowledge Society and how its new technologies of communication are transforming contemporary society.
Arnaud Sales, Marcel Fournier and Yan Sénéchal
Knowledge, Communication, Reflexive Creativity, and Social Change
Nico Stehr
Modern Societies as Knowledge Societies
Jerald Hage
Knowledge and Societal Change
Institutional Coordination and the Evolution of Organizational Populations

John Urry
Mobilities, Networks and Communities
Craig Calhoun
Information Technology and the International Public Sphere
Steve Fuller
Creativity in an Orwellian Key
A Sceptic's Guide to the Post-Sociological Imaginary

Philippe Breton
Between Science and Rhetoric
A Recurrent Debate on the Role of Communication and Creativity in the Definition of Knowledge

J. Rogers Hollingsworth
High Cognitive Complexity and the Making of Major Scientific Discoveries
Randall Collins
The Creativity of Intellectual Networks and the Struggle Over Attention Space
Michèle Lamont, Marcel Fournier, Joshua Guetzkow, Grégoire Mallard and Roxane Bernier
Evaluating Creative Minds
The Assessment of Originality in Peer Review


Gathers together some of the most interesting social-scientific thinking currently underway in Europe and North America… presents sociology in its most engaging and contemporary form

Canadian Journal of Sociology

...a rich volume. It has the great merit of presenting the reflections of sociologists on an ensemble of subjects which are usually explored by economists
International Sociology Review of Books

"The book is a theoretically rich and sophisticated contribution to the
development of knowledge society studies and to the analysis of the many puzzles
of intellectual innovation. It will surely become a sourcebook for anyone
interested in creativity and knowledge production."

Karin Knorr Cetina
University of Chicago and University of Konstanz

Arnaud Sales

Arnaud Sales holds a Doctorat d'État ès Lettres et Sciences Humaines, from Université de Paris 7-Denis Diderot. He is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Montreal, Canada. He is a specialist in economic sociology focusing on the interface of the economic and political fields. His research interests center on the relations between the public and private spheres, and the emergence of international private authorities; economic and administrative elites, and knowledge workers; the role of knowledge in social transformations. His publications include: La Bourgeoisie industrielle au Québec (PUM, 1979); Décideurs et... More About Author

Marcel Fournier

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