Uses of Local Knowledge

Don Kalb

in The Oxford Handbook of Contextual Political Analysis

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780199270439
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

 Uses of Local Knowledge

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This article looks into the concept and uses of local knowledge and its relevance to contextual analysis. It describes radical democratic, corporate, and expert driven projects and suggests that local knowledge is always locked in a dialectical relationship with the actions of accumulated capital and coercion. Thus, what experts often tend to classify as a thing called local knowledge can better be seen as the contingent product of a complex and dynamic field of power relationships, both among locals as well as between locals and their external interlocutors. It is a negotiated project or program rather than an empirical fact.

Keywords: local knowledge; contextual analysis; accumulated capital; coercion; power relationships

Article.  7445 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Regional Political Studies ; Political Behaviour

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