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Another structure of knowledge is possible: The social forum process and Academia

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This chapter considers the possibilities opened by the emergence of the social forum process for the reconstruction of the structures of knowledge. The framework for the chapter is that the social forum is a valuable site for thinking through the reconstruction of the structures of knowledge. The social forum provides a potential ?free space' for activist scholars to reconceptualize the structures of knowledge, one in which, at the very least, the disciplinary and class-based constraints on collective thinking pervasive in academia are weakened. The chapter sketches out a brief history of US academia and considers its present strengths and weaknesses as a space for critical thought and action. Finally, the chapter considers some ways the social forum process could strengthen the creation of new structures of knowledge.

Keywords: social forum process; structures of knowledge; US academia



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