Complexity, knowledge politics and the remaking of class:response to Levins

Tyfield, David (2014) Complexity, knowledge politics and the remaking of class:response to Levins. International Critical Thought, 4 (2). pp. 241-254. ISSN 2159-8312

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Abstract

The ascendancy of sciences capable of grappling with complexity is undoubtedly to be welcomed, not least in this moment of profound and overlapping systemic problems. Yet the emergence of sciences with a more sophisticated epistemology alone offers no reassurance that such knowledge will then primarily, or better, serve emancipatory and/or critical purposes. Rather, such knowledge must be treated as neither good nor bad per se, but dangerous. From this perspective, the paper explores the knowledge politics of the present conjuncture, the context for this rise of the complexity sciences. It discerns a new politics of security and “preparedness” that could well serve to construct a new dominant paradigm of complexity sciences that, to the contrary, serves primarily to construct a new “scientific” legitimacy for the egregious inequalities of the age of neoliberalism-in-crisis.

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Journal Article
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International Critical Thought
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The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, International Critical Thought, 4 (2), 2014, © Informa Plc
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25 Apr 2014 08:00
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