The politics of knowledge in Central Asia: social science between Marx and the market

Amsler, Sarah (2007) The politics of knowledge in Central Asia: social science between Marx and the market. Routledge. ISBN 9780415512626, 9780415413343

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Abstract

Through historical and ethnographic research and extensive use of local scholarly works, this book provides an analysis of the production of knowledge in Central Asia. It demonstrates that classical theories of science and society are inadequate for understanding the science project in Central Asia. Instead, a critical understanding of local science is more appropriate. In the region, the professional and political ethos of Marxism-Leninism was incorporated into the logic of science on the periphery of the Soviet empire. This book reveals that science, organizes and constructed by Soviet rule, was also defined by individual efforts of local scientists. Their work to establish themselves ‘between Marx and the market’ is therefore creating new political economies of knowledge at the edge of the scientific world system.

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Additional Information:Through historical and ethnographic research and extensive use of local scholarly works, this book provides an analysis of the production of knowledge in Central Asia. It demonstrates that classical theories of science and society are inadequate for understanding the science project in Central Asia. Instead, a critical understanding of local science is more appropriate. In the region, the professional and political ethos of Marxism-Leninism was incorporated into the logic of science on the periphery of the Soviet empire. This book reveals that science, organizes and constructed by Soviet rule, was also defined by individual efforts of local scientists. Their work to establish themselves ‘between Marx and the market’ is therefore creating new political economies of knowledge at the edge of the scientific world system.
Keywords:Kyrgyzstan, post-Soviet, sociology of knowledge, history of social science, critical theory
Subjects:L Social studies > L370 Social Theory
L Social studies > L391 Sociology of Science and Technology
X Education > X342 Academic studies in Higher Education
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Education
ID Code:4984
Deposited By: Sarah Amsler
Deposited On:28 Mar 2012 21:36
Last Modified:28 Mar 2012 21:36

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