This volume explores interdependencies between knowledge, action, and space from different interdisciplinary perspectives. Some of the contributors discuss knowledge as a social construct based on collective action, while others look at knowledge as an individual capacity for action. The chapters contain theoretical frameworks as well as experimental outcomes. Readers will gain insight into key questions such as: How does knowledge function as a prerequisite for action? Why are knowledge gaps growing and not diminishing in a knowledge society? How much knowledge is necessary for action? How do various types of knowledge influence the steps from cognition to action? How do different representations of knowledge shape action? What impact have spatial conditions for the formation of knowledge? What is the relationship between social and geographical space? The contributors consider rationality in social and economic theories as well as in everyday life. Attention is also given to action theoretic approaches and rationality from the viewpoints of psychology, post-structuralism, and human geography, making this an attractive book for students, researchers and academics of various backgrounds.
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Table of Contents
Knowledge, Action, and Space: An Introduction
Action, Knowledge, and Social Relations of Space
Rationality and Discursive Articulation in Place-Making
Perverse Expertise and the Social Unconscious in the Making of Crisis
How Much Knowledge Is Necessary for Action?
Knowing and Not Knowing
How Representations of Knowledge Shape Actions
Reflection and Impulse as Determinants of Human Behavior
Planning and the Control of Action
Pragmatic Philosophy and the Social Function of Knowledge
Semantic Knowledge, Domains of Meaning and Conceptual Spaces
So What Do You Do? Experimenting with Space for Social Creativity
The Decision to Move: Being Mobile and Being Rational in Comparative Anthropological Perspective
Continuity and Change in Older Adults'Out-of-Home Mobility Over Ten Years: A Qualitative-Quantitative Approach