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Community, Economic Creativity, and Organization$
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Ash Amin and Joanne Roberts

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199545490

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199545490.001.0001

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The Resurgence of Community in Economic Thought and Practice

The Resurgence of Community in Economic Thought and Practice

(p.11) 1 The Resurgence of Community in Economic Thought and Practice
Community, Economic Creativity, and Organization

Ash Amin (Contributor Webpage)

Joanne Roberts (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

The chapter frames the book by examining the relationship between community, economic creativity, and knowledge capitalism, focusing especially on why a new discourse of organization by community has emerged. It begins by explaining why capitalism and community are compatible, going on to examine how ‘community’ as a keyword of the knowledge economy is beginning to shape corporate practice. The chapter then offers a critical reading of contemporary interest in ‘communities of practice’, arguing that diverse types of situated practice generative of different types of learning and knowing should not be reduced to the language of community. Finally, the chapter explores the organizational implications of an economy valuing situated practice, forcing the recombinance of decentred effort and the cultivation of anticipatory knowledge.

Keywords:   community of practice, situated knowledge, economic creativity, organization, knowledge economy

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