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Re-inventing society: state concepts of knowledge in Germany and Singapore

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Hornidge, Anna-Katharina

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Abstract Different concepts of knowledge and the ways they are valued have influence on the politics of research and development, information, arts, and culture in various countries. In a time when knowledge increasingly gains importance for economic and social development, these concepts of knowledge, as they are defined within society, are receiving greater attention. State governments worldwide aim for the creation of 'knowledge societies'. At the core of these knowledge-based futures lie particular understandings of knowledge in each country, which determine what kinds of knowledge society are constructed. This paper attempts to grasp the dominant concepts of knowledge in Germany and Singapore as reflected in state activities and budgeting. The data suggest that the dominant concepts of knowledge in both countries differed widely in the past, which was in great part due to the structural realities in each country. Yet in recent times, with the common goals of economic growth and the exposure to global competition, these concepts of knowledge seem to increasingly converge. Adapted from the source document.
Keywords society; knowledge; knowledge society; Singapore; Federal Republic of Germany; social change; economic development (on national level); globalization; competition; research and development; knowledge production; Southeast Asia
Classification Sociology of Knowledge
Document language English
Publication Year 2007
Page/Pages p. 202-229
Journal SOJOURN: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia, 22 (2007) 2
ISSN 1793-2858
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution