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Education, Science and Knowledge Capitalism

Creativity and the Promise of Openness

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Michael A. Peters

We live in the age of global science – but not, primarily, in the sense of ‘universal knowledge’ that has characterized the liberal metanarrative of ‘free’ science and the ‘free society’ since its early development in the Enlightenment. Today, an economic logic links science to national economic policy, while globalized multinational science dominates an environment where quality assurance replaces truth as the new regulative ideal. This book examines the nature of educational and science-based capitalism in its cybernetic, knowledge, algorithmic and bioinformational forms before turning to the emergence of the global science system and the promise of openness in the growth of international research collaboration, the development of the global knowledge commons and the rise of the open science economy. Education, Science and Knowledge Capitalism explores the nature of cognitive capitalism, the emerging mode of social production for public education and science and its promise for the democratization of knowledge.

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A.C. (Tina) Besley, Michael A. Peters, Cameron McCarthy, Fazal Rizvi General Editors Vol. 25 The Global Studies in Education series is part of the Peter Lang Education list. Every volume is peer reviewed and meets the highest quality standards for content and production. PETER LANG New York y Washington, D.C./Baltimore y Bern Frankfurt y Berlin y Brussels y Vienna y Oxford Michael A. Peters Education, Science and Knowledge Capitalism Creativity and the Promise of Openness PETER LANG New York y Washington, D.C./Baltimore y Bern Frankfurt y Berlin y Brussels y Vienna y Oxford Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Peters, Michael A., author. Education, science and knowledge capitalism: creativity and the promise of openness / Michael A. Peters. pages cm. — (Global studies in education; vol. 25) Includes bibliographical references and index. 1. Knowledge economy. 2. Education—Economic aspects. I. Title. HD30.2.P476 303.48’33—dc23 2012039193 ISBN 978-1-4331-2058-9 (hardcover) ISBN 978-1-4331-2057-2 (paperback) ISBN 978-1-4539-0989-8 (e-book) ISSN 2153-330X Bibliographic information published by Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek. Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the “Deutsche Nationalbibliografie”; detailed bibliographic data is available on the Internet at http://dnb.d-nb.de/. The paper in this book meets the guidelines for permanence and durability of the Committee on Production Guidelines for Book Longevity of the Council of Library Resources. © 2013 Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., New York 29 Broadway, 18th floor, New York, NY 10006 www.peterlang.com All rights reserved. Reprint or reproduction, even partially, in all forms such as microfilm, xerography, microfiche, microcard, and offset strictly prohibited.

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