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Towards a Geography of Knowledge Creation: Contributions from the Practice View

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Abstract This paper juxtaposes two strategies to conceive human expertise and unveils how they mould our imaginations on the spatiality of innovation processes. While the noun 'knowledge' signifies a rationalistic approach and entails a geography that propels an 'argument of agglomeration', the verb 'knowing' denotes a situated-in-practice understanding and inheres an 'argument of place'. The paper discusses in how far an extension of the so far less influential practice view might complement the more traditional agglomeration accounts. The ontological discrepancies between both approaches can be used as theoretical springboards to more fully illuminate some key ambivalences of a geography of knowledge creation.
Classification Sociology of Knowledge; Area Development Planning, Regional Research
Free Keywords innovation, knowledge creation, communities of practice, agglomeration, place
Document language English
Publication Year 2007
Page/Pages p. 103-114
Journal Regional Studies, 41 (2007) 1
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)