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ERIC Number: EJ875935
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jul
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0024-2519
Knowledge Organization: A Sociohistorical Analysis and Critique
Andersen, Jack; Skouvig, Laura
Library Quarterly, v76 n3 p300-322 Jul 2006
In this article, the authors examine the discipline of knowledge organization by harnessing the theories of Michel Foucault and Jurgen Habermas. The argument is that knowledge organization is not just a question of improved technology; as an academic discipline, it has to define and legitimize its relevance for society. The authors use the theories of Foucault and Habermas to provide a sociohistorical analysis and critique of knowledge organization in order to point out how the discipline understands itself and how it is a de facto human activity. The self-understanding of the discipline is investigated through the case of knowledge organization in the Danish public libraries at the beginning of the twentieth century, using the theories of Foucault. The second part of the article deals with the correspondence between the organization of society and knowledge organization based on the concept of Habermas's public sphere.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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