Participating in the Knowledge Society

Researchers Beyond the University Walls

  • Ruth Finnegan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction: Looking Beyond the Walls

    1. Ruth Finnegan
      Pages 1-19
  3. Looking Back

  4. Outside and Across the Walls

  5. Openings and Challenges through the Web?

  6. Reflections: Are There Lessons for the Present?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 243-243
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 278-292

About this book


In current debates about the 'knowledge society' and the organization of 'research', the spotlight is most often on the universities. This interdisciplinary and transhistorical volume focuses on the less often-recognized work of independent researchers creating and participating in knowledge outside the academy, from seventeenth-century north-country astronomers to Victorian naturalists to today's think tanks, community historians and new forms of researching and publishing through the internet. These intriguing cases raise challenging issues about the location, definition, and validation of 'research', about active participation in knowledge-generation, and about the perhaps changing boundaries of university today.

Authors and affiliations

  • Ruth Finnegan
    • 1
  1. 1.Open UniversityUK

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