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Beyond the Veil of Knowledge: Triangulating Security, Democracy, and Academic Scholarship
by Piki Ish-Shalom
University of Michigan Press, 2019
Cloth: 978-0-472-13120-4 | eISBN: 978-0-472-12466-4
Library of Congress Classification LC171
Dewey Decimal Classification 379

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Is there a need to remodel constructivism to be more politically attuned? Author Piki Ish-Shalom calls for an activist academy that engages society and the polity to prevent the watering down of democracy, while helping to create a space for criticism. In this book, he suggests several concrete measures for this engagement within three spheres:  individual theoretical work, the academic community as a whole, and within society and the polity. Beyond the Veil of Knowledge suggests that essentially contested concepts are a key medium that politicians use to try to minimize public resistance to their political goals. For constructivists, this means that the social construction of both social knowledge and the social world can be understood as the sociopolitical construction of knowledge and the sociopolitical world.
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