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Relational BeingBeyond Self and Community$
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Kenneth J. Gergen

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199846269

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199846269.001.0001

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Knowledge as Co-Creation

Knowledge as Co-Creation

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Relational Being

Kenneth J. Gergen

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on knowledge as a relational achievement. Replacing the heroic accounts of the individual discoverer, it argues that what we call knowledge is a result of the process of co-action. It first looks at the shortcomings of the traditional concept of knowledge and what is offered by a relational alternative. It then considers three relevant sites of practice: the creation of disciplines, the act of writing, and the practice of social science research. In each of these instances, the chapter suggests that fragmentation and conflict must be replaced with productive coordination. More specifically, it examines the tendency for knowledge-making communities to isolate themselves, both from each other and the broader public; how traditional writing practices leads to alienation; and the relationship of social science researchers to those they study.

Keywords:   knowledge, co-action, disciplines, writing, social science research, fragmentation, conflict, coordination, knowledge-making communities, alienation

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