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Education, Science and Knowledge Capitalism

Creativity and the Promise of Openness


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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Preface and Acknowledgments vii Introduction. Global Science and Knowledge Capitalism 1 Part One | New Forms of Educational Capitalism Chapter One. Cybernetic Capitalism, Informationalism and Cognitive Labor | with Rodrigo Britez and Ergin Bulut 17 Chapter Two. Education, Creativity and the Economy of Passions: New Forms of Educational Capitalism 43 Chapter Three. Greening the Knowledge Economy: Ecosophy, Ecology and Economy 61 Chapter Four. Biocapitalism and the Politics of Life | with Priya Venkatesan 93 Chapter Five. Bioeconomy and the Third Industrial Revolution in the Age of Synthetic Life | with Priya Venkatesan 113 Chapter Six. Algorithmic Capitalism and Educational Futures 119 Chapter Seven. Three Forms of Knowledge Economy: Learning, Creativity and Openness 135 Part Two | The Emergence of the Global Science System and the Promise of Openness Chapter Eight. The Rise of Global Science and the Emerging Political Economy of International Research Collaborations 165 Chapter Nine. ‘Knowledge Economy,’ Economic Crisis and Cognitive Capitalism: Public Education and the Promise of Open Science 191 Chapter Ten. ‘Openness’ and the Global Knowledge Commons: An Emerging Mode of Social Production for Education and Science 217 Chapter Eleven. Open Education and the Open Science Economy 231 Chapter Twelve. Digital Technologies in the Age of YouTube: Electronic Textualities, the Virtual Revolution and the Democratization of Knowledge | with Peter Fitzsimons 255 Chapter Thirteen. Manifesto for Education in the Age of Cognitive Capitalism: Freedom, Creativity and Culture 277 Index 291

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