Knowledge matters, and states have a stake in managing its movement to protect a variety of local and national interests The view that knowledge circulates by itself in a flat world, unimpeded by national boundaries, is a myth The transnational movement of knowledge is a social accomplishment, requiring negotiation, accommodation, and adaptation to the specificities of local contexts This volume of essays by historians of science and technology breaks the national framework in which histories are often written Instead, How Knowledge Moves takes knowledge as its central object, with the goal of unraveling the relationships among people, ideas, and things that arise when they cross national borders This specialized knowledge is located at multiple sites and moves across borders via a dazzling array of channels, embedded in heads and hands, in artifacts, and in texts In the United States, it shapes policies for visas, export controls, and nuclear weapons proliferation in Algeria, it enhances the production of oranges by colonial settlers in Vietnam, it facilitates the exploitation of a river delta In India it transforms modes of agricultural production It implants American values in Latin America By concentrating on the conditions that allow for knowledge movement, these essays explore travel and exchange in face to face encounters and show how border crossings mobilize extensive bureaucratic technologies. Read How Knowledge Moves: Writing the Transnational History of Science and Technology – heartforum.co.uk
John Krige is Kranzberg Professor in the School of History, Technology, and Sociology at the Georgia Institute of Technology He is the author of American Hegemony and the Postwar Reconstruction of Science in Europe and the coeditor of Science and Technology in the Global Cold War, both published by the MIT Press.
- 408 pages
- How Knowledge Moves: Writing the Transnational History of Science and Technology
- John Krige
- 05 September 2018 John Krige