Contributions to Alternative Concepts of Knowledge (Beyond the Social Sciences) (Paperback)
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In the past, the European social sciences labelled and discredited knowledge that did not conform to their own definition of scientific knowledge as an alternative kind of knowledge, as 'indigenous' knowledge. Perception has changed with time: not only has indigenous knowledge become an entrance ticket to the world of European social science, but the indigenization of European theories is seen by some as the contribution of peripheral social sciences to join the theories of the centers. This book offers contributions to the conversation on alternative concepts of knowledge, inviting the reader to decide if they are truly alternative, indigenous, or European types of knowledge.
About the Author
Michael Kuhn is the president of the World Social Sciences and Humanities Network. He has published several books on social science. Hebe Vessuri is a social anthropologist at the Center of Science Studies of the Venezuelan Institute of Scientific Research. Vessuri's interests include the sociology and contemporary history of science in Latin America, science policy, and sociology of technology.