If Only We Knew: Increasing the Public Value of Social Science Research


First published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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First published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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In this remarkably thoughtful book, Willinsky (education, Univ. of British Columbia) explores how the wider dissemination to the general public of research results in the social sciences might lead to marked quality-of-life improvements. Widespread use of the Internet, the author observes, provides an excellent opportunity for social scientists to make their knowledge a public resource to enhance decision making, risk assessment, and democratic participation and, generally, to "help people make greater sense of the world and act on that world." Practicing what he preaches, Willensky (Technologies of Knowing) uses footnotes capably to enhance the reader's engagement in and appreciation of the scholarly process. Chapters on public knowledge, housing knowledge, the social-science ethos, and the risks of knowing, among others, substantiate Willinsky's arguments in this volume, which is highly recommended for both public and academic libraries.--Ellen Gilbert, Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick, NJ Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415926522
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 262
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

1 A Public-Knowledge Project 1
Sect. I Knowledge
2 Public Knowledge 23
3 Knowbiz Economies 43
4 Housing Knowledge 59
Sect. II Social Science
5 Social-Science Ethos 85
6 Limited Impact 107
7 Chance of Knowledge 131
8 Risk of Knowing 151
9 Footnotes among Fragments 173
Sect. III Politics
10 A Knowing Democracy 195
11 The Next Incunabula 221
App Potential Components of a Public-Knowledge Website 241
Index 245
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