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Knowledge, communication, and creativity are obsessions of contemporary modern societies. The rhetoric of information, imagination, improvisation and play have invaded our daily lives and work spaces. However, little attention has been paid to the sociological relationships among these elements, let alone their impacts as processes driving social change. This book offers penetrating explorations into the creative processes that are tied to knowledge production, shedding new light on: the impact of a general increase in knowledge on individuals, lifestyles, institutions and technologies; how new communication and information technologies are transforming social relationships, communities and the international public sphere; and understanding the ties between creativity, communication and the production of knowledge.

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Editorial Reviews

Karin Knorr Cetina
"The book is a theoretically rich and sophisticated contribution to the development of knowledge society studies and to the analysis of the many puzzles of intellectual innovation. It will surely become a sourcebook for anyone interested in creativity and knowledge production."
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Meet the Author

Arnaud Sales holds a Doctorat d'État ès Lettres et Sciences Humaines, from Université de Paris 7-Denis Diderot. He is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Montreal, Canada. He is a specialist in economic sociology focusing on the interface of the economic and political fields. His research interests center on the relations between the public and private spheres, and the emergence of international private authorities; economic and administrative elites, and knowledge workers; the role of knowledge in social transformations.

His publications include: La Bourgeoisie industrielle au Québec (PUM, 1979); Décideurs et gestionnaires (Éditeur officiel du Québec, 1985); He has edited or co-edited the following volumes: Développement national et économie mondialisée (Sociologie et Sociétés, 1979); La recomposition du politique (PUM/L’Harmattan, 1991); Québec, fin de siècle (Sociologie et Sociétés,1994); The International Handbook of Sociology (Sage, 2000); New Directions in the Study of Knowledge, Economy and Society (SSIS, Current Sociology, Sage, 2001) ; Knowledge, Communication and Creativity, (Sage, 2007).

He was Vice-Dean of the Université de Montréal’s Faculty of Graduate Studies (1987-1992) and has chaired the Department of Sociology (2000-2007). He is a former Vice-President, International, of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (1995-1998) where he founded the Knowledge, Economy and Society Network with R. Hollingsworth. After chairing the ISA Research Committee 02 on Economy and Society, he was elected Vice-President for Research (1998-2002) of the International Sociological Association and chaired ISA Research Council.

In 2006, he was named Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques of France.

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Table of Contents

Knowledge, Communication, Reflexive Creativity, and Social Change - Arnaud Sales, Marcel Fournier and Yan Sénéchal
Modern Societies as Knowledge Societies - Nico Stehr
Knowledge and Societal Change - Jerald Hage
Institutional Coordination and the Evolution of Organizational Populations
Mobilities, Networks and Communities - John Urry
Information Technology and the International Public Sphere - Craig Calhoun
Creativity in an Orwellian Key - Steve Fuller
A Sceptic's Guide to the Post-Sociological Imaginary
Between Science and Rhetoric - Philippe Breton
A Recurrent Debate on the Role of Communication and Creativity in the Definition of Knowledge
High Cognitive Complexity and the Making of Major Scientific Discoveries - J. Rogers Hollingsworth
The Creativity of Intellectual Networks and the Struggle Over Attention Space - Randall Collins
Evaluating Creative Minds - Michèle Lamont, Marcel Fournier, Joshua Guetzkow, Grégoire Mallard and Roxane Bernier
The Assessment of Originality in Peer Review

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